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Blaylock, James P.

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ISBN 10: 0441651267 / ISBN 13: 9780441651269
Published by Ace., NY:, 1991
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by Blaylock. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 2397

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Publisher: Ace., NY:

Publication Date: 1991

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Edition: 1st edition

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A strange man (named Howard) on a strange quest (for a Paper Grail) in a strange land (California).... A lot of fuss for a folded scrap of paper. But considering all the odd people searching for the Grail, it must be something special. Something magical....

Howard Barton comes to the remote northern coast of California in search of a folded scrap of paper rumoured to bear a sketch by the legendary Japanese artist Hokusai. Unfortunately, there are plenty of others in search of the Paper Grail....

Mrs Lamey, who waters her garden with blood, among other strange and noxious substances; the enigmatic Mr Jimmers, whose garden shed conceals a bizarre invention designed to raise the dead; Uncle Roy, founder of The Museum of Modern Mysteries and builder of haunted houses.

In Mendocino, nothing is what it first appears...but everything is connected, and Howard will have to work out whose side he’s on, as he is led into a vicious battle between mysterious underground societies....

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Another distinctive northern California magic-realist fantasy from the author of Land of Dreams (1987). To Mendocino comes museum curator Howard Barton in search of the McGuffin of the title, a sketch (?) with magical powers held by mysterious recluse Michael Graham. But when Howard arrives, Graham has vanished (supposedly a suicide); the weird Mr. Jimmers, inventor of a machine that materializes ghosts, now occupies his clifftop house. Howard calls on his penniless, oddball uncle Roy, former proprietor of a spirit museum, who's fighting a desperate, losing battle against the rapacious magnate and witch Heloise Lamey--she also covets the sketch. As Howard becomes romantically involved with Roy's daughter Sylvia, he struggles to make sense of the increasingly odd occurrences and to decide whose side he's on: When old Graham really dies, Howard is destined to become the sketch's new Keeper. Rather arcane in places and curiously lacking in thematic ambition, but seamlessly produced: intriguing and absorbing work from a major talent. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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