Declan Burke

The Lost and the Blind

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A contemporary thriller set in rural Ireland by a “comic genius [and] fine dramatic writer and storyteller” (Booklist).
The elderly German, Karl Uxkull, was either senile or desperate for attention. Why else would he concoct a tale of Nazi atrocity on the remote island of Delphi, off the coast of Donegal? And why now, sixty years after the event, just when Irish-American billionaire Shay Govern has tendered for a gold prospecting license in Lough Swilly?
Journalist Tom Noone doesn’t want to know. With his young daughter Emily to provide for, and a new ghostwriting commission for Shay Govern’s biography, the timing is all wrong. Besides, can it be mere coincidence that Karl Uxkull’s tale bears an uncanny resemblance to a thriller written by spy novelist Sebastian Devereaux, the reclusive English author who has spent the past fifty years holed up on Delphi?
But when a body is discovered drowned, Tom and Emily find themselves running for their lives in pursuit of the truth that is their only hope of survival.
“Burke has a real knack for dialogue and phrasing.” —Publishers Weekly
“Readers will be rewarded with an unholy Chinese box of a thriller. Make that an Irish-German box.” —Kirkus Reviews
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284 printed pages
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