A Dark and Stormy Night

A Dark and Stormy Night

Tom Stacey

Fantasy / Science Fiction / Thriller

To that which we give the name of Love, be it of the flesh or of God, is it ever less than divine? Simon Chance, Anglican bishop and former missionary, has withdrawn in mid-life to research his enduring mentor Dante, creator of The Divine Comedy. He is recently widowed, after the prolonged descent into dementia of his devoted wife Marigold. To recuperate from bereavement, he is invited by a life-long confidante, Clare, to join a house party of several friends from their university days in the hills behind St Tropez in southern France. The reunion coincides with the collapse of global banking confidence. On a walk in the forest of the Massif des Maures surrounding the villa, in search of a church abandoned centuries ago, Chance loses his way - in a `dark wood,' as once experienced by Dante - while the night turns wild. Marigold has not been the only love of Chance. The passionate liaison of his earlier life, pre-ordination, was with a student botanist. This very Evie, with her Parliamentarian spouse, is about to join the house party of Clare and a vital element in that intense, abandoned youthful liaison is yet to be reconciled with Chance's ordained self. The working-through of the nature of love, physical and spiritual, in love's innocence and purity, will redeem or destroy him. Or both See: **
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The Man Who Knew Everything

The Man Who Knew Everything

Tom Stacey

Fantasy / Science Fiction / Thriller

Granville Jones is at the end of his life. "One of the greats of old-time Fleet Street," once a famous world-roving correspondent, is now self-exiled on an island Emirate in the Gulf, an old and forgotten man, long eclipsed by rising stars of television journalism. When the coup breaks, it seems that Jones is the last to know. As this story of the early 1950's unfolds, we learn of the great love affair that brought him to his island. Both the ancient love and the indissoluble bonds between Jones and the deposed Emir are caught up by the old man's professional demon. We follow Jones, move by move, playing his endgame with the fragments of physical and mental powers still vouchsafed him.
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