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Houston homicide detective Stuart Haydon deals in lost souls, and Lena Muller, daughter of a prominent local family, is about as lost as you can get.  Three months have passed since Lena went out to meet an old friend, and she has yet to retum.  Haydon is determined to bring her home.  But word has come that she has surfaced in a place far beyond her jurisdiction and way out of his league.  To find her he must head for Guatemala, a land where people never die . . . they ...
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Houston homicide detective Stuart Haydon deals in lost souls, and Lena Muller, daughter of a prominent local family, is about as lost as you can get.  Three months have passed since Lena went out to meet an old friend, and she has yet to retum.  Haydon is determined to bring her home.  But word has come that she has surfaced in a place far beyond her jurisdiction and way out of his league.  To find her he must head for Guatemala, a land where people never die . . . they simply disappear.  From the moment he arrives in Guatemala City Haydon finds nothing but traces of the vanished:  Lena, her journalist lover, and the private detective who tracked them down.  As he searches for the young woman in a ravaged country, he encounters a trail of her lovers and a string of brutal murders.  Lena, it appears, has unearthed a dirty secret, one that reeks of death.  Drawn into a world of casual violence and corruption, Haydon soon find that, like Lena, he is seeking the body of truth at the heart of a labyrinth of lies.

The New York Times bestselling author of Mercy returns with a beautifully crafted novel about a terrifying journey into the dark heart of human evil. The daughter of a prominent family goes out to meet an old friend and does not return. Three months later, homicide detective Stuart Haydon receives word that she has surfaced in Guatemala--a place where people never die . . . they simply disappear.

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"Beautifully written and echoing with deep moral resonance:  Graham Greene would be proud."--Kirkus Reviews.

"Gets off to a quick start and rarely lets up . . . .  A masterly addition to the shelf of international intrigue novels."--The Washington Post

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Lindsey's likable detective Stuart Haydon, last seen in In the Lake of the Moon , leaves his Texas home territory in this scorching indictment of human rights abuses in Guatemala. Lena Muller is a Houston girl gone missing in the surreal political jumbles of Latin America. Haydon's old buddy, ex-cop turned PI Jim Fossler, was hired to find her, but he has stumbled onto more than he can handle. Haydon flies down to help the shaken Fossler, finding only a blood-spattered motel room and ex-CIA agent Taylor Cage, now an independent spook in business for the money. He leads Haydon to a Dr. Grajeda, who performs autopsies on the corpses of the officially ``disappeared,'' and who had worked with Lena during her Peace Corps stint. Haydon pursues leads with tenacity, finding that Lena had helped the rebels get the goods on viciously corrupt generals. All parties--Cage, Grajeda, a State Dept . bigwig and Haydon--race to locate Lena's evidence. The problem with Haydon's quest, as Grajeda points out, is that documented truth is just evidence collected and assembled ``into a body of `truth' that really is not the truth at all.'' And seeing the ``body of truth'' only through Haydon's eyes constricts the narrative's dramatic momentum. On the plus side, Lindsey creates a vibrant setting for the cat-and-mouse games totalitarian despots play. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club featured alternate; author tour. (May)
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Houston detective Stuart Haydon enters the Guatemalan underground to help a PI on the track of a missing Texas woman.
Kirkus Reviews
It's back to homicide-cop Stuart Haydon for Lindsey, who, last time out, dropped his usual Houston-based hero (In the Lake of the Moon, 1988, etc.) for a policewoman on a spellbinding serial-killer case (Mercy, 1990). And a welcome return it is, with Haydon flying to Guatemala on a missing-person quest that evolves into a strong, suspenseful meditation on the elusive nature of truth. The opening scene sets the theme, with Haydon trying to elicit a statement from a woman caught in "a closely held sorrow, a concealed anguish." She's the mother of a missing young woman, Lena Muller, presumed dead; but now, she finally tells Haydon, a p.i. has called from Guatemala to say that Lena is alive—but in trouble. How much trouble, Haydon learns when he flies to that frightful land, powerfully depicted here as a realm of pestilence and poverty, ruled by fear—of the government's torture chambers, of death squads: Upon his arrival, the only sign Haydon finds of the p.i. is a room splashed with blood. And as he searches for Lena—who becomes his grail, his "body of truth"—Haydon realizes that Guatemala is also a realm of feints and shadows, where everyone lies: the CIA chief whose parallel hunt for Lena masks cynical political motives; the ex-spy whose love for Lena is tainted by greed; the guerrilla leader whose populism conceals a brutal ruthlessness. As Haydon digs further and uncovers a baby- selling ring masterminded by the nation's president—a secret that has pushed Lena into guerrilla hands and made her a death-squad target—he becomes a government target himself, first via a botched car-bombing and then by way of an old ally who, terrifyingly, lures him intoa cemetery to execute him...but the cop survives to find Lena at last—and a truth harsher than he imagined. A tad slow in patches, but beautifully written and echoing with deep moral resonance: Graham Greene would be proud.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553289640
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Series: Stuart Haydon Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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