The eagerly anticipated new novel from the author of THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET--a treacherous quest in the magical landscape of nineteenth-century Peru.
On Sale: August 1, 2017
Hardcover / e-Book
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In 1859, ex-East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne
is trapped at home in Cornwall after sustaining an injury
that almost cost him his leg. On the sprawling, crumbling
grounds of the old house, something is wrong; a statue
moves, his grandfather's pines explode, and his brother
accuses him of madness.
When the India Office recruits Merrick for an expedition
to fetch quinine--essential for the treatment of malaria-
-from deep within Peru, he knows it's a terrible idea.
Nearly every able-bodied expeditionary who's made the
attempt has died, and he can barely walk. But Merrick is
desperate to escape everything at home, so he sets off,
against his better judgment, for a tiny mission colony on
the edge of the Amazon where a salt line on the ground
separates town from forest. Anyone who crosses is killed
by something that watches from the trees, but somewhere
beyond the salt are the quinine woods, and the way around
Surrounded by local stories of lost time, cursed woods,
and living rock, Merrick must separate truth from
fairytale and find out what befell the last expeditions;
why the villagers are forbidden to go into the forest;
and what is happening to Raphael, the young priest who
seems to have known Merrick's grandfather, who visited
Peru many decades before. The Bedlam Stacks is the story
of a profound friendship that grows in a place that seems
just this side of magical.
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