The Search for Joseph Tully Author:William Hallahan In Brooklyn, in an historic part of that shambled borough, the flailing iron ball of the wrecker's crane is at work. One of the few buildings still standing amid the rubble is the Brevoort House, older than memory. It's only remaining tenant is Peter Richardson. Abandoned. Menaced. Alone. The Brevoort has become an unbearable burder for him. Hou... more »ses, like people, can go bad, and the Brevoort emanates an evilness, an undefined terror, aimed directly at him. The house-something in the house-is telling Richardson of his impending death.
In another part of Brooklyn, Matthew Willow, a solicitor just arrived from London, takes up quarters. He is seeking a man who may not exist. He has one clue only, the name of the wanted man's ancestor, Joseph Tully. This eighteenth-century wine merchant had sent his four sons to coloninal America to make their fortunes, and Willow's search takes him into the fascinating world of the genealogical detective. He follows a circuitous trail through old courthouse files, colonial church records, graveyards, dockets of wills, property deeds, and bastardy laws. One after another, he traces the lines of Tully's sons. One by one, he reaches dead ends. No issue. Oddly enough, he is profoundly relieved. He is about to return to England when he chances upon an ancient diary. It's contents hold the vital information he has been so afraid he would find. Now he is forced to carry out his aweaome revenge.« less