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The brilliant new novel by one of New Zealand's best writers - gripping noir at its best.

Mark Chamberlain is a man who has everything: a job he loves; the criminal record to prove it; a cop on his trail and a houseful of stolen goods. All he's missing is Caroline May and she's been gone for more than twenty years. Nobody knows what happened to Caroline. One afternoon her parents came home and she just wasn't there. She had been seen alone, with a stranger, on the ferry, on a plane. She was never seen again. Mark knows all the stories about Caroline. Stealing memories is how he makes a living. Each time he breaks into a house he sees Caroline in his head. But he knows she isn't there. Until one night when he walks into a room and discovers a collection of photographs, the blonde girl he remembers, looking back at him - smiling. And he realises suddenly, that the secret of Caroline is still alive. Mark may have been abandoned, but he is no longer alone.


Taylor in effect has taken the not-knowing at the mystery genre's core and enshrined it, occupied its amorphous territory and made of it, as in this slight book's emotional peak, a luminous art

Houston Chronicle

There's so much pleasure and bafflement to be derived from this thriller by novelist Chad Taylor that it seems like an afterthought to point out that it's also a fascinating portrait of life in modern-day New Zealand

Chicago Tribune

Effortlessly cool


There is a creeping sense of a dark heart to the proceedings, rather like a David Lynch film...Taylor holds your interest amid a web of neatly drawn characters, urban myths and set pieces.


Smart, original, surprising and just about as cool as a novel can get

Washington Post

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    April 2, 2007


    224 pages

    RRP $19.99

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Also by Chad Taylor



Crimes of the Father
Into the Water
Night School
Private Delhi
Fool Me Once
The Bone Collection
Woman of God
The Rain Queen
Good Me Bad Me
The Lost Symbol
The Gangster
Different Class
The Crow Girl
The Thirst
Best Laid Plans
The Woolgrower's Companion
The Traitor’s Girl
After You