The Fate of Katherine Carr

The Fate of Katherine Carr

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George Gates used to be a travel writer who specialized in places where people disappearedJudge Crater, the Lost Colony.Then his eight-year-old son was murdered, the killer never found, and Gates gave up disappearance. Now he writes stories of redemptive triviality about flower festivals and local celebrities for the town paper, and spends his evenings haunted by the image of his son’s last day.

Enter Arlo MacBride, a retired missing-persons detective still obsessed with the unsolved case of Katherine Carr. When he gives Gates the story she left behinda story of a man stalking a woman named Katherine CarrGates too is drawn inexorably into a search for the missing author’s brief life and uncertain fate. And as he goes deeper, he begins to suspect that her tale holds the key not only to her fate, but to his own.


George Gates used to be a travel writer who specialized in places where people disappeared—Judge Crater, the Lost Colony.Then his eight-year-old son was murdered, the killer never found, and Gates gave up disappearance. Now he writes stories of redemptive triviality about flower festivals and local celebrities for the town paper, and spends his evenings haunted by the image of his son’s last day.

Enter Arlo MacBride, a retired missing-persons detective still obsessed with the unsolved case of Katherine Carr. When he gives Gates the story she left behind—a story of a man stalking a woman named Katherine Carr—Gates too is drawn inexorably into a search for the missing author’s brief life and uncertain fate. And as he goes deeper, he begins to suspect that her tale holds the key not only to her fate, but to his own.



Baker & Taylor
Shattered by the unsolved murder of his eight-year-old son, travel writer George Gates is approached by a retired missing-persons detective and given a mysterious story left behind by a woman who disappeared twenty years earlier.

Blackwell North Amer
George Gates was once a travel writer fascinated by places where people disappeared - the busy corner in New York City where Judge Crater was last seen, the ghostly bramble of the Lost Colony. Then his eight-year-old son vanished on a rainy afternoon. His body was later found, but his killer never, and Gates lost his taste for things that disappear. Now he writes trivial stories about flower festivals and local celebrities, and spends his evenings haunted by the image of his son's last day.
Enter Arlo McBride, a retired missing-persons detective who still ponders the case of Katherine Carr, a woman who vanished twenty years before, leaving nothing behind but a short story about an eerie stranger who opened her to love ... and a dark pursuit.
As Gates is drawn ever more deeply into Katherine's story, he is equally compelled to reconstruct the last days of its author's life, the inner world into which she disappeared before she vanished from the outer one. Inexorably, Gates's inquiry into the fate of Katherine Carr leads to the exploration of his own.

Baker
& Taylor

Shattered by the unsolved murder of his eight-year-old son, travel writer George Gates is approached by a retired missing-persons detective and given a mysterious story left behind by a woman who disappeared twenty years earlier. By the author of Master of the Delta.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780151014019
0151014019
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 24 cm

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Pisinga
Jan 25, 2013

Sad, dark, unexpectedly good mystery. You can not put it down. Many small stories within the main story, as if to emphasize that evil exists everywhere, regardless of age, time, nationality and place. The idea of the torch relay - punishment for unimaginable crimes against the innocent, will never be forgotten.

AD_Library Aug 06, 2009

George Gates is a local reporter, a former travel writer now mostly charged with writing fluff pieces for the local paper. His boy, Teddy, was kidnapped and murdered some years earlier, leaving George with a gaping hole in his heart and a desperate yearning for hope- the hope that one day the killer will be caught. He randomly encounters Arlo McBride one evening at his favourite bar. Arlo is a retired Detective unable to let go of the one case he could never make sense of: the disappearance of Katherine Carr.
Arlo provides George with a strange tale about a missing recluse who worked as a writer. She left behind a curious story she wrote (one that seems like it might be her own) that might hold clues to her disappearance. Another newspaper assignment also leads George to Alice Burrows, a twelve-year-old girl dying of a rare illness. George and Alice team up to read Katherine’s tale and try to untangle the mystery that surrounds the unknown.

This is a gripping tale that is beautifully written, a narrative voice that is piercing and fierce.
Four stars (out of five).

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