The Mysteries by Lisa Tuttle

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From award-winning author Lisa Tuttle comes a riveting novel that combines the contemporary story of one man’s search for a missing young woman with history’s most enduring legends of the disappeared. Gripping and unforgettable, here is a spellbinding mix of the mysteries that inhabit our everyday lives–and a mind-bending exploration of what happens when someone vanishes without a trace.

Ever since his father disappeared when he was nine years old, Ian Kennedy has had a penchant for stories about missing people–and a knack for finding them. Now he’s a private investigator with an impressive track record. But when a woman enters his London office and asks him to find her lost daughter, Ian faces a case he fears he cannot solve–and one he knows he must.

Laura Lensky’s stunning twenty-one-year-old daughter, Peri, has been missing for over two years–a lifetime, under the circumstances. But when Ian learns the details of her disappearance, he discovers eerie parallels to an obscure Celtic myth–and to the haunting case that launched his career, an early success he’s never fully been able to explain. Though Ian suspects Peri may have chosen to vanish, his curiosity leads him to take on the search. Soon he finds himself drawing not only from the mysteries that have preoccupied his adulthood, but from the fables and folklore that pervaded his youth. What follows is a journey that takes Ian and those who care for Peri into the Highlands of Scotland, as the unknowns of the past and present merge in the case–and in their lives.
Rich in pathos and steeped in secrets, The Mysteries opens a thought-provoking door from one world into the heart of another, where some of our most perplexing enigmas–and their answers–are startlingly alive.

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About Lisa Tuttle

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Lisa Tuttle was born and raised in Houston, Texas, won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1974, and now lives with her husband and daughter on the west coast of Scotland. Her first novel, Windhaven, was written with George R. R. Martin. Other novels include Lost Futures, which was short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and The Pillow Friend.From the Hardcover edition.
Published March 1, 2005 by Spectra. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ian takes the case and looks through the various clues Laura gives him, including accounts of four people in Scotland who saw Peri, bedraggled and apparently pregnant, a few months after her disappearance, when she made a phone call to Laura.

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ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Ghosts and Other Lovers Lisa Tuttle Tribute Site Bio/Bibliography: 1, 2, 3 Book reviews: Futurs Perdus (in French) Elle qui chevauche les tempêtes (in French) Compagnon de nuit (in French) Sur les ailes du cauchemar(in French) Krídla Snu (in Czech) Vjet...

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Vanishings, disappearances, missing people and the Sidhe, or fairy folk - these things comprise the backdrop for Lisa Tuttle's engrossing and magically fine novel, The Mysteries.

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Mixing fantastical elements into a detective tale, Tuttle weaves a fascinating story of strange disappearances set against ancient Celtic folklore.

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