Martin Arkenhout, a seventeen-year-old Dutchman travelling across the States, kills his young American travelling companion, Seth Goodman, and adopts his identity. Some months later he takes - and takes on - other lives, adopting another passport, set of credit cards and identity. A decade and many lives later, now back in the Netherlands, he kills and becomes a young British art historian, Christopher Hart, and follows his plans to go to Portugal. But Christopher is being followed from London by Costas, another art historian, investigating the disappearance of a series of valuable prints from a priceless book, and before he leaves the Netherlands, Martin runs into his own mother on a tram. In the confusion of the moment he identifies himself as Hart, and for the first time Martin's series of seamless killings and identities runs into trouble.
Novelist, historian, journalist and broadcaster, Michael Pye is the author of nine other books including The Drowning Room. He lives near Coimbra, Portugal
[a] sparse, haunting tale...Quietly chilling.
MIRROR (16-22 April)
Michael Pye's thriller is spikily intelligent, inventive and stylish.
SCOTSMAN (8.5.04) - Tracey Lawson