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Walker meets Rachel at a rich party in the Bay. Two days later she appears at his house and asks him to track down her missing ex-husband Malory who she needs to sign some legal papers. Walker is unemployed and at a loose end so he agrees even though tracking is illegal. Walker then sets out on an odyssey moving from strange city to city moving by intuition always one step behind Malory.
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Walker is also being followed by the thug Carver and two of his cronies who are trying to kill him. Walker visits cities such as one which is devoid of people, one which is just 8 lane freeways where his car breaks down, one where all the residents are frozen in time at 4.10pm, one called Despond where the residents are all gripped by lethargy and despondency and he finds it difficult to leave. Dyer's rich imagination produces wondrous cities and a paranoid dreamlike plot. Walker has a fight to the death with Carver and finds the papers already signed.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Life of a profession:    -   detective Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   being hunted by killer/stalker Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West 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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