From the author of Mariette in Ecstacy--soon to be a major motion picture--comes an ingenious murder mystery set on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, and revolving around the love of a father for his son. When Colorado rancher Atticus Cody receives word that his son has committed suicide, he travels down to Mexico to recover the body. But what he ...
From the author of Mariette in Ecstacy--soon to be a major motion picture--comes an ingenious murder mystery set on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, and revolving around the love of a father for his son. When Colorado rancher Atticus Cody receives word that his son has committed suicide, he travels down to Mexico to recover the body. But what he finds there convinces Atticus that his son was murdered.
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Publishers Weekly, 1995-12-11 Demonstrating masterful versatility, Hansen, whose acclaimed Mariette in Ecstasy probed the spiritual experienceŠand its physical manisfestationŠof a young, cloistered nun in upstate New York, writes here about Atticus Cody, a 67-year-old Colorado cattle man who goes to Mexico to retrieve the body of his younger son, an artist, alcoholic and, finally, a suicide. The story of Atticus, with elements of a murder mystery and a close focus on aspects of character generally considered to be male attributes, resembles Mariette, however, in its exploration of love in a purified and highly potent form. A deeply grieving Atticus meets Scott's friends in the town of Resurrecci?n and copes with the unknowns of a culture far removed from his ranch, where only recently ``carrots of ice were hanging from the roof's iron gutters.'' As the Cody family history, which includes the death of Atticus's wife (mother of Scott, and his older, successful brother) in a car accident in which Scott was driving, is gradually revealed, Atticus comes to believe that Scott's death may have been at another's hand. Effectively employed contrastsŠin setting and in character, especially between honorable, disciplined Atticus and the impulsive Scott and his circle, for whom love and failure seem intertwinedŠcarry the story through its increasingly gripping plot. A few, though central, coincidences are the only improbabilities in a story that is stunning for the credibility of its cast and their actions. $50,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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