On Sale: May 11, 2021
Featuring: Jacob Finch Bonner
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Hardcover (May 2021)
Suspense Psychological | Thriller Psychological
- the main story, as of a movie or literary work
- a secret plan or scheme, usually hostile, unlawful, or evil
- a small piece of land in a cemetery, a burial plot
Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising young novelist with a respectably published first book. Today, he's teaching in a third rate MFA program and struggling to maintain what's left of his self-respect; he hasn't written—let alone published—anything decent in years. When Evan Parker, his most arrogant student, announces he doesn't need Jake's help because the plot of his book-in-progress is a "sure thing," Jake is prepared to dismiss the boast as typical amateur narcissism. But then he hears the plot.
Jake returns to the downward trajectory of his own career and braces himself for the supernova publication of Evan Parker's first novel, but it never comes. When he discovers that his former student has died, presumably without ever completing his book, Jake does what any self-respecting writer would do with a story like that—a story that absolutely needs to be told.
In a few short years, all of Evan Parker's predictions have come true, but Jake is the author enjoying the wave. He is wealthy, famous, praised and read all over the world. But at the height of his glorious new life, an email arrives: You are a thief.
As Jake struggles to understand his antagonist and hide the truth from his readers and publishers, he begins to learn more about his late student, and what he discovers both amazes and terrifies him. Who was Evan Parker, and how did he get the idea for his "sure thing" of a novel? What is the real story behind the plot? Who stole it from whom?
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