NIGHT LISTENER, THE
When Gabriel’s concerned editor gives him a manuscript to read, Gabriel starts a journey more extraordinary than any of the embellished life stories for which he is famous.
The book is written by PETE LOMAX, a sick 13 year-old boy, and recounts sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his parents. Gabriel is extremely moved by the book and is compelled to call the boy. They soon speak regularly and a fatherly friendship begins, with the loving support of Pete’s adoptive mother DONNA.
Jess is suspicious of this new friendship and suggests that Pete and Donna are in fact the same person. Gabriel is astounded by the suggestion, but it sows a seed of doubt, which sets him on a course to discover the truth.
Gabriel tracks Donna down, and it is obvious from the start that all is not what it seems. His desperate search for Pete bears little fruit, as Gabriel gets in trouble with the law and narrowly escapes death, leaving him with little doubt that Pete is a figment of Donna’s imagination.
He returns home scared about what Donna will do next, and when she turns up on his doorstep the mystery continues to twist and turn. Gabriel soon discovers the hidden truth behind Donna and Pete, and in the process helps himself confront some uncomfortable truths about his own life.
From the acclaimed author Armistead Maupin comes this tense and moving thriller about love, trust and the search for truth.
United States of America
John N. Hart