Duplicity tells the story of Carlos, '60's counterculture refugee, who earns a meager living as a psychic detective in New York City in the '90's. Prompted by a message seen on a blackboard, Carlos embarks on the kind of case he relishes--a mystery from the past. In 1930, New York Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater vanished, never to be seen again. Aided by psychic friends, Carlos seeks out Crater's spirit. Angry at being called to answer questions, the spirit issues a warning: Carlos will learn Crater's fate, but will suffer for it. The mystery follows Carlos, revealing Crater's past of violence, dual personality and psychic murder. Powerfully intermingling the lives and consciousness of two men-one dead and the other alive-Duplicity demonstrates the power of the dead over the living. For Carlos, it's a journey into pos-session by an evil spirit and the merging of his personality with Crater's reliving the last days of the missing man's life-revealing themes of disappearance, dualities of existence, and personal disintegration, ending with Crater's death-and perhaps Carlos' death as well.
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Published June 25, 2003
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction.