Truth is in the eye of the beholder…
A subversive detective novel imbued with noir atmosphere that keeps the readers on the edge of their seats till the very last page.
The idea behind the book was born during a long road trip. Three writers, sporting three distinct temperaments, decide to work on a single noir tale. Each with his own, unique voice, they will fabricate three different narrators, who relate the same story from their own personal persepctive. Ultimately, only the reader knows whodunnit: none of the narrators is ever aware of the others’ story. And even though it initially looks like there is, in fact, a single schemer plotting everything, both he and the actual murderer are killed off, leaving only the reader to know the truth and the three writers more in the know than any of their narrators.
What we are dealing with are three tenacious, destructive personalities: a failed detective-turned-gambler, a neurotic actress consigned to oblivion, and an intatiable, sex addict of a shipowner. Three people, entangled in each other’s lives, in a maze of shifting alliances, in a constant race to trap each other, as the perpetrators become victims and the victims perpetrators.
In essence, the novel is populated by three anti-heroes, three psychologically castrated hedonists, who break every moral rule, surrender to wretchedness, and remain indifferent to their souls’ erosion even at the moment of their final reckoning. After all, isn’t everything negotiable? Isn’t life unpredictable?
What the three writers have in common is the stark realism with which they recount their protagonists’ thoughts. Other than that, each character speaks in his own rythm, poignantly highlighted by a choice of three different textual fonts, reflecting each narrator’s style and image.
It’s an original literary creation that fascinates and beguiles the reader.