Mystery Author:Peter Straub On a tiny Caribbean Island a ten-year old boy is almost tragically killed in a traffic accident. As this briliant boy grows up the accident leads him to an obsession with death, and two unsolved murders in the resort town of Eagle River, Wisconsin. He is aided in his investigations by a great detctive in modern fiction - Lamont von Heilitz, kno... more »wn as The Shadow," now retired and living as an eccentric on this island. Both Tom's family and von Heilitz are linked in the past to these murders. This story is rich, masterfully plotted, marvelously constructed, and so entertaining.« less
Mystery is so rich and masterfully plotted and constructed, and so entertaining that it would be unfair to reveal the story. Here we have a mystery of astonishing complexity and depth with an astonishing solution and breathtaking climax. We also have three-dimensional characters , a moving love story, and a wonderful evocation of the milieu of the very rich, both in the Caribbean and in Wisconsin. The author is not only investigating two fictional crimes, he is also after the greatest mystery of all: the mystery of life and death.