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Narrator Michael Veitch's low-key but intense performance subtly explores the complex emotions in this story about horse breeder Christopher Mansell, who has lost his wife and daughter in a brutal murder. Tormented by the thought that he may be to blame, Christopher hears about a fairground diviner's captive "son" who can communicate with the dead. Despite his skepticism, Christopher seeks out the boy to find resolution. Veitch voices the characters with well-etched personalities - it's clear that he understand who they are, even if they may not know themselves. Listeners will appreciate his careful pacing, which allows time to absorb the details of this touching story.

Publisher's Summary

An Award Winning Author Winning the Jim Dimond Award for Short stories in 1985 and the Children's Book Council of Australia, Children's Book of the Year for Older Children in 1991.

Horse-breeder Christopher Mansell has lost his wife and his daughter, as well as his memory of the night they were brutally murdered. He is tormented by the thought that he is to blame. A chance encounter with a fairground diviner and his captive 'son', who is said to talk to the dead, pricks his curiosity. Although originally skeptical, his troubling dreams make finding this boy a necessity and he begins to search him out in the neighboring towns. The murder inquiry is moving slowly and it seems everyone is a suspect, and Christopher must find out once and for all who killed his wife and daughter.

©2002 Gary Crew (P)2002 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Michael Veitch reads with just the right tone of understated emotion, letting the writing speak, rather than forcing the story with verbal tricks. His pacing is perfect--quick yet clear when the plot demands and replete with enough pauses for the listener to consider the oddity of the action. A terrific listen." ( Audiofile Magazine)

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