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Patrick moves to Toronto looking for work, and finds work only as a searcher, seeking out the location of the vanished, eccentric millionaire Ambrose Small. To find Small, Patrick forms a relationship with Small's former lover, an actress named Clara, with whom he feels madly in love. Small leaves Patrick to return to Small, whose location she's known all along. Patrick tracks Small down, demanding only Clara, and Small tries to kill him.
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During his time with Clara, Patrick meets an actress named Alice who, he discovers, is part of a group of Macedonian extremists seeking recourse from the government. Patrick becomes caught up in their struggle and cause and, in working towards this end, is captured and inprisoned. While in prison, he meets Carravaggio, the thief who later appears in The English Patient, and the two silently plot an escape.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   general liberal/left wing activism Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Canadian (Aboot!)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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