Title: The Raven
Publisher: Baskerville Publishers Inc.
Publication Date: 1995
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 1880909375 True First Edition of author's debut novel. This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. Signed by the author to Dan McCall (first blurb on jacket) who was the author of Jack The Bear and a noted Cornell English Professor. The inscription is in the author's hand and reads as follows: "October 3, 1995, To Dan-With deepest gratitude not only for your elegant endorsement of this book, but for your loyal and unwaivering support and friendship these last years. You are the finest reader I know. Pete". Bookseller Inventory # 003485
Synopsis: On a foggy summer day in 1941, 36 people set out in a boat for a pleasure cruise off the coast of Maine. They are never seen alive again, and their vessel, "The Raven", is never found. Landesman uses this true story as a basis for his eerie, intriguing first novel, telling the tale of a community torn apart by mistrust and tragedy.
From Publishers Weekly:
A mystery of nearly a half-century's duration fills the ambitious pages of Landesman's first novel, woven loosely around the apparently real-life case of the Raven, which vanished on June 29, 1941, with 36 passengers and its captain while on a sightseeing cruise off the coast of southern Maine. A central motif of moral turpitude is established when, because of serious misgivings about the Raven's seaworthiness, a prominent Maine banker, without telling his employees of his concerns, withdraws himself and his son from the excursion and sends his secretary and her boyfriend in their place. Meanwhile, the ship's crooked captain, a veteran of maritime fraud, is planning, along with his faithless wife and his treacherous partner, to scuttle the boat to collect the insurance. These dark undercurrents are roiled by the misplaced allegiances of the native lobsterman who first discovers the bodies of the victims and then suppresses vital evidence of foul play. The story line unreels across decades, winding up in 1985 and then twisting back to 1941 to reveal what really happened aboard the Raven. Full of brooding symbolic imagery, the author's elaborate, sometimes overwrought prose conjures well temporal human passions as well as the seemingly timeless, infinite sea. Although Landesman never approaches the introspective resonance of the great sea novels of Conrad and Melville, he has written an intriguing, promising literary debut.
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