The Lost Son
The Lost Son is a dark, hard-hitting crime novel in the European tradition and introduces Xavier Lombard, a Parisian ex-cop turned London private detective. It is a novel about humanity and its darkest recesses, a journey into the shadows in the sometimes frightening and sometimes frightened intimacy of a private detective at odds with his environment.
'Here we go again,’ said Deborah De Moraes; 'Simplify and damn.’
'Don’t you believe in simplicity?' asked Lombard.
'We all have to like what we become, Mrs. De Moraes. Cowards included. We achieve this by complicating things a little. But it's never that complicated really,' replied Lombard.
London. Leonard Spitz is thirty years old and missing. Mrs. Spitz is a worried mother, Mr. Spitz a resigned father, and their daughter Deborah as proud as her looks and as cold as the family's money. All reckon the missing man has succumbed to his fondness for drugs again. Only, Xavier Lombard finds out that before vanishing Leonard had got himself involved with people who get up in the morning to peddle children for a living.
Meanwhile, Bill the pet shop owner gets himself a puppy for company. Perkins the butcher-landlord has to raise his rent, and three bored Los Angeles teenage girls kill time in a children's playground. And on Hampstead Heath, a little man with a cellphone and a pony-tail finds life really hard trying to shoot a movie scene…
Title: The Lost Son
Author: Eric Leclere
Published Year: 1999
Format: Paperback, 438 Pages
Cover Artwork by Doggo
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