Against the stark, sere landscape of New Mexico, acclaimed novelist Robert Mayer here creates a tantalizing thriller of suspense and surprise. Rivaling the best of John Le Carre and Graham Greene, THE SEARCH weaves an intricate web of twists and turns in a strangely chilling story of science, fate, and illusion—and one man's relentless pursuit of the inevitable but elusive truth.
James Axel Rood, sometime photojournalist/sometime government snoop, is pondering the demise of his current romance when he learns that a message has come over the CB that sounds eerily like a young boy lost in the barren wilderness outside Santa Fe. When police can't locate the boy, a federal "official" calls with a directive to check out this "Little Billy," and Rood, goes to work only to be side tracked by the murder of an elderly Hispanic priest.
The twisting trail Rood follows leads to a waitress living under an assumed name, to her look-alike cousin, finally to a darkness at the heart of the nation's defense system in the nuclear age. Or does it? 'In a labyrinth of false leads and sudden dead ends, Rood searches for the answer to the deadly riddle to Little Billy... and—like so many in the sterile world in which he moves—for a way to endure the shadow side of his own soul.
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