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Book and jacket as new. Never read. Protective cover. Hardcase crime imprint known for its excellent selection of hard boiled crime fiction. Language: eng. All unmarked references are to these editions. We learn that his mother died some years before and that his patriarchal father Edward hates his idleness and forces him to manage one of his shops. He buys the whole collection and starts to create a shrine in the back room of the shop.
In the meantime, his father has been looking for a suitable bride to turn him into a proper man. When he arrives with Sarah Windsor and her mother at the shop, they find An- thony in an awkward situation, worshipping his African demons. However, their marriage is doomed from the start.
Soon, his father confronts him about his complete failure as a husband and businessman, but he cannot elicit a satisfying answer. He prom- ises to take her mother along as a chaperone, but Mrs Windsor quickly falls ill and has to return home. After six weeks Edward and Sarah finally return and we find them completely changed. When Edward dies soon after, Anthony learns that his mother is not dead, but locked away in a lunatic asylum.
Sarah wants to talk to Anthony, takes a spare key, and lets herself into the shop, where she finds him performing a disturbing ritual. We learn that she mutilated herself and especially her face, but we are not allowed to see for ourselves. One particular night, an apparition of Sarah guides Alex to a chest of drawers where he finds her diary. He openly confesses that he only agreed to the marriage to have peace with his father. Her trip to Italy starts as a dream come true. Sarah lets herself be swept away and sleeps with Edward. Unfortunately, his true nature is soon revealed.
She finds him bragging about his sexual conquest and treating her as a common whore. Chapter 4 has Mrs Windsor confront Edward with rumours she has heard about his illicit relationship with her daughter. Out of curiosity she visits her mother-in-law in the asylum. The horror image of a syphi- litic child begins to haunt her dreams. Edward soon dies and when she finds Anthony performing his masochistic ritual, she is willing to end her own life and that of the unborn child.
Now he knows that Sarah carved its features into her own face. I am not going to reveal the very end of the book. Suffice it to say that Alex needs Sukumar to finally trick Anthony into becoming the last narrator missing from his collection. Apart from that we have four chapters that focus on four of the main characters.
The two central characters, Anthony and Edward, do not get a voice and can only be studied from the outside. Furthermore, the same narrative is told twice from two different perspectives. Having said that, Alex is the only source of information and he rarely provides physical evidence. The same holds true for his collec- tion of undead eye-witnesses and storytellers, who are no more than ghostly presences, conjured up by the all-powerful puppet master to testify and prove his points.
There is every reason to suspect that Alex belongs to the long tradition of unreliable narrators that frequent so many Gothic tales. This narrative strategy, a complex Chinese puzzle of frames within frames, harks back to the early wave of Gothic fiction It casts serious doubt on the ontological status of the characters and the various life nar- ratives presented in the book.