A gripping thriller set among Britain’s snowy peaks from the bestselling author of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.
Suspense, secrets, conspiracy, and entrapment come to a head in this dark allegory of the modern postwar condition. Snowbound in the remote White Cavalier Hotel in the mountains of England’s Lake District, a motley mix of strangers think they have found refuge, but instead discover a violent drama that is ready to explode.
Among the mysterious guests imprisoned by the blizzard are a murderous BMW driver, a female hitchhiker, an anxious bookseller-forger, illicit lovers, aging Hells Angels bikers, a hostage of marriage, a loathsome father and son, and an IRA terrorist with a bomb-laden van. Everyone has brought along their personal baggage of guilt for crimes they have committed against society, and as they uncover one another’s secrets and unwind a conspiracy, they must also face their own selves.
Taking kitchen sink realism into the depths of winter and the infernal mind of a terrorist, acclaimed British novelist and “angry young man” Alan Sillitoe creates a poignant existential investigation with a chilling twist.