Gloria Mark Coovelis

ISBN: 9780671739256

Published: September 1st 1995


256 pages


Gloria  by  Mark Coovelis

Gloria by Mark Coovelis
September 1st 1995 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 256 pages | ISBN: 9780671739256 | 8.14 Mb

This extraordinarily accomplished first novel will put the name Mark Coovelis firmly on the literary map. Echoing the atmosphere and powerful noir style of James M. Cain, Gloria tells the absolutely riveting story of a man driven to penetrate the lies and secrets surrounding his beloved younger sisters death. And, in a spirit of modernism reminiscent of the work of Paul Auster, Mr. Coovelis reminds us that, in investigating the wrongdoing of others, were often lured back into the treachery of our own hearts. Marvin Stones sister had a history just in her names, from Sissy to Liz to Lisbeth.

But Gloria - the incarnation she chose the day she left her home, husband and son behind - is the one that inhabits his thoughts. It was beautiful Gloria who fled to Oakland calmly and coolly- who checked groceries to afford her stolen independence- who sought a tan to match the guise of her bleached-out hair- and who tried to resist the determined advances of Tunney, a smooth, carefree man with a penchant for wandering blondes. The truth - about Glorias death, and her killers accusation that she herself had a hand in other murders - lies far from the steep, dry ditch in the Bay Area hills where she was found.

But for Stone to venture into the harsh glare of the media that feeds on her sensational death would mean stumbling too recklessly out of his quiet, safe existence. Cocooned in the nocturnal routine of his Berkeley restaurant, he has put distance between the present and the past with new friends, late nights, and a tough divorce.

But dangerously, like the first fall rain on the oil-stained freeways, the trickle of memory gathers force and washes in. And out of the bright California sun steps Lauren, a journalist, whose own personal desire to know about his sister lifts the shroud of his private grief and sends him on a journey whose course he never could have foreseen.... For Stone, Glorias story swerves like the sun-baked roads that twist into dead ends around t

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