This story concerning the properties of love – spiritual and carnal – is told in the context of the demonic forces of creation which perpetually threaten man but also inspire him.
‘This remarkable novel is a concentrated and beautifully written study of the nature of love, spiritual and carnal. Stacey’s approach is through wonderfully detailed minutiae, observation of the people and of this “half Norse world belonging to the sea”’ – Janice Elliott, Sunday Telegraph
Published in Britain and the US under the nom-de-plume of Kendal J Peel (‘d’ye ken John Peel’), Tom Stacey tells the story of Daniel Schofield, an oddball Englishman heading a Saudi-Based landscape gardening team, who conceives a crime on an unheard-of scale, in the cause of a Dostoyevskian will for havoc and at fearful risk to its perpetrator. It is set at the end of the 1970s at the brink of an Arab assault upon Israel.
‘Topkapi-style suspense and sophisticated political intrigue … the strong narrative is memorable for more than just plot. Thrillers of this kind are really novels with a backbone.’ – Daily Telegraph