A trendy book that takes place partly in an artistic subgroup of NY's "in" crowd. It is partly about a son trying to get to know his estranged, bizarre, genius scientist father and partly about the father's obsession with the color indigo. The story has the feeling of taking you deep into a spider's lair.
From Kirkus Reviews
British fantasist Joyces fourth novel to be published here (Dark Sister, p. 764, etc.) turns from fantasy to straight suspense, with a glowing tablespoon of the uncanny added to the generally realistic mix. Jack Chambers, 40, a twice-divorced ex-bobby running his own business as a London process server, is called to Chicago to hear his odd, wealthy, despised fathers will. At the reading of the will, Jack discovers he has a half sister, Louise, 30, a single mother who has never married. Louise will inherit the bulk of coldhearted Tim Chamberss estate, although Jack will receive a handsome fee as executor if he sells off Tims Chicago apartment and furnishings plus a house he owned in Rome, and if he sees to the publication of a manuscript his father wrote. This manuscript, written in invisible ink that comes to light when exposed to oxygen, is called Indigo and is a Manual of Light concerned with the art of invisibilityof going unseen or of assuming an aura that more or less deflects being seen. The aura comes from the color indigo, a richly deep twilight blue that cant be seen itself without the self-training set forth by the guidebookwhose every word is included here. This highly original ploy will have readers straining to see a color thats the gateway to invisibility, a hue so elusive that the mind cant quite capture it. At first, half siblings Louise and Jack dont hit it off, but then Jacks feelings for Louise teeter on incest. Will she, wont she, will she, wont she? The two go off to Rome, where hints of sex and fantasy are joined by hints of murder. Though the second half is less gripping than the first, Joyce sustains his imaginative opening device until the very end. Readers lucky enough to get in at the ground floor will hail the birth of a strongly inventive suspense novelist.
Awesome story. Each book of his just gets better.
Reading this hypnotizes you into the story. You get drawn into it and cant stop until you know what the answer is!!