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Against the stark, sere landscape of New Mexico, acclaimed novelist Robert Mayer here creates a tantalizing thriller of suspense and surprise. Rivaling the best of John Le Carre and Graham Greene, THE SEARCH weaves an intricate web of twists and turns in a strangely chilling story of science, fate, and illusion—and one man's relentless pursuit of the inevitable but elusive truth. James Axel Rood, sometime photojournalist/sometime government snoop, is pondering the demise of his current romance when he learns that a message has come over the CB that sounds eerily like a young boy lost in the barren wilderness outside Santa Fe. When police can't locate the boy, a federal "official" calls with a directive to check out this "Little Billy," and Rood, goes to work only to be side tracked by the murder of an elderly Hispanic priest. The twisting trail Rood follows leads to a waitress living under an assumed name, to her look-alike cousin, finally to a darkness at the heart of the nation's defense system in the nuclear age. Or does it? 'In a labyrinth of false leads and sudden dead ends, Rood searches for the answer to the deadly riddle to Little Billy... and—like so many in the sterile world in which he moves—for a way to endure the shadow side of his own soul.
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Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Robert Mayer attended the City College of NY, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After a brief stint at the Washington Post, he joined the staff of Newsday. He spent ten years there, six as a reporter and four as the paper's New York City columnist. In 1968 he won the National Headliner Award as the best feature columnist in the country. In 1969 he won the Mike Berger Award for the year's best writing about New York City. In 1971 he received the Mike Berger Award again, becoming the first person to win it twice. He then moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to write books and articles. Mayer is the author of twelve books—ten novels and two works of non-fiction. Three of the books have been reissued in new editions during the past few years. They include Superfolks, which (for better or worse) altered the treatment of super heroes in comics and movies forever; Notes of a Baseball Dreamer, a memoir about growing up as a wannabe major leaguer in the city; and The Dreams of Ada, the true story of two men spending life in prison for a murder they did not commit. Between writing books Mayer served six years as managing editor and then editor of The Santa Fe Reporter, an alternative weekly. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Condé Naste Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Metropolitan Home, Rocky Mountain Magazine and numerous other publications. Currently he is completing a new novel.From Publishers Weekly:
Herbert Feeney is a nuclear research scientist with two obsessive desiresto compensate the world for his father's contribution to the discovery of nuclear arms, and to wreak vengeance on a colleague who "stole" his ex-wife. Along the way, he blackmails a waitress who is wanted by the FBI for radical acts in the '60s, murders a priest, kills the waitress's cousin, tries to burn down a cabin with two people in it, and attempts another murder. James Axel Rood, a New Mexico photographer and CIA stringer, aids local police in tracking down the madman. Rood is also working through his guilt for wanting his lover Gabriella to abort their baby. Mayer wields a powerful narrative pen, and he knows well the existential melodramas that plague human lives. But his talent and insight seem wasted here on an array of uninteresting characters, and his attempt to blend small-town lives with big-time espionage never fully succeeds. Mayer also wrote The Grace of Shortstops and Midge & Decker. January 24
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Book Description Speaking Volumes, LLC, 2011. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 276 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.69 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk1612320368
Book Description Speaking Volumes, LLC, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1612320368