Nerve Damage: A Novel

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HarperCollins, Mar 13, 2007 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Sometimes the dead live on in your dreams . . . at least that's true for Roy Valois. His wife, Delia, died fifteen years earlier while working for a private think tank and he has never forgotten her. Roy is a well-known sculptor in the art world. His newest piece, a magnificent creation he calls Delia, has just been finished, a sign that he's found a little closure at last.

Then Roy gets some news of the grimmest kind. It's the kind of news that forces thoughts in unexpected directions, such as the contents of one's obituary. Roy and his lawyer, a close friend, find themselves wondering whether Roy's obituary will mention a big goal he scored in college hockey. Roy's friend suggests that they could probably find out. With some help, they hack into the morgue files of the New York Times. There's no mention of the goal, but something else about his obituary bothers Roy. According to the New York Times, his wife was working for the United Nations when she died—not the think tank.

At first, Roy thinks it's a simple mistake, but when a conversation with the writer of his obituary fails to clear things up, he suspects something more. The deeper he digs, the more confusing his wife's past becomes. Delia's former colleagues deny ever knowing her, the building that housed the think tank has supposedly served as the offices for another organization for decades, and Roy can't find any records of its existence. Who was Delia? Who did she work for? How did she really die? Did she really die? With time running out, a desperate Roy won't stop until he knows the truth about the woman he can't stop loving.

  

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Disappointed. From Publishers Weekly In this gripping political suspense novel from Edgar-finalist Abrahams (Echo Falls), Vermont sculptor Roy Valois has never recovered from the tragic death of his ... Read full review

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PROTAGONIST: Roy Valois, sculptor RATING: 3.25 WHY: Roy Valois is a famed sculptor whose wife, Delia, died 15 years earlier. After a conversation with one of his friends, Roy finds a way to hack into ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
17
Section 4
25
Section 5
34
Section 6
43
Section 7
52
Section 8
60
Section 18
156
Section 19
163
Section 20
173
Section 21
183
Section 22
192
Section 23
201
Section 24
208
Section 25
217

Section 9
69
Section 10
80
Section 11
89
Section 12
98
Section 13
108
Section 14
119
Section 15
127
Section 16
136
Section 17
146
Section 26
227
Section 27
236
Section 28
247
Section 29
256
Section 30
266
Section 31
275
Section 32
284
Section 33
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About the author (2007)

Peter Abrahams is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five books, including the Edgar Award-winning Reality Check, Bullet Point, and the Echo Falls series for middle graders. Writing as Spencer Quinn, he is also the author of the Chet and Bernie series—Dog on It, Thereby Hangs a Tail, and To Fetch a Thief. He and his wife live in Massachusetts with their dog, Audrey.

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