An encounter with a beautiful Oriental woman leads Los Angeles private detective Chandler Jarrell on a quest--that takes him to Tibet and into a confrontation with a terror team of Ultimate Evil--to rescue the kidnapped Golden Child
A deeply affecting debut novel set in Trinidad, following the lives of a family as they navigate impossible choices about scarcity, loyalty, and love WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE * "Golden Child is a stunning novel written with force and beauty. Though true to herself, Adam's work stands tall beside icons of her tradition like V.S. Naipaul."--Jennifer Clement, author of Gun Love Rural Trinidad: a brick house on stilts surrounded by bush; a family, quietly surviving, just trying to live a decent life. Clyde, the father, works long, exhausting shifts at the petroleum plant in southern Trinidad; Joy, his wife, looks after the home. Their two sons, thirteen years old, wake early every morning to travel to the capital, Port of Spain, for school. They are twins but nothing alike: Paul has always been considered odd, while Peter is widely believed to be a genius, destined for greatness. When Paul goes walking in the bush one afternoon and doesn't come home, Clyde is forced to go looking for him, this child who has caused him endless trouble already, and who he has never really understood. And as the hours turn to days, and Clyde begins to understand Paul's fate, his world shatters--leaving him faced with a decision no parent should ever have to make. Like the Trinidadian landscape itself, Golden Child is both beautiful and unsettling, a resoundingly human story of aspiration, betrayal, and love. Praise for Golden Child "In fluid and uncluttered prose, Golden Child weaves an enveloping portrait of an insular social order in which the claustrophobic support of family and neighbors coexists with an omnipresent threat from the same corners."--The New York Times Book Review "[A] powerful debut . . . a devastating family portrait--and a fascinating window into Trinidadian society."--People "[An] emotionally potent debut novel . . . with a spare, evocative style, Adam (a Trinidad native) evokes the island's complexity during the mid-'80s, when the novel is mostly set: the tenuous relationship between Hindus like Clyde's family and the twins' Catholic schoolmaster, assassinations and abductions hyped by lurid media headlines, resources that attract carpetbagging oil companies but leave the country largely impoverished."--USA Today
The Golden Child is the story of an all-American family whose journey through the mental health system begins in the 1950's and carries through the end of the century. After trying to failing to have a child, the McGilvery's seek out a child through a state adoption service. Fortune smiles upon them, and a beautiful, blond eighteen month old girl becomes available. The family welcomes her with open arms.When Adolescence hits, the family's world begins to crumble. The girls,
A child finds himself all alone in a wilderness, with no memories of how he got there, where he's from, or even who he is... and he must learn to survive in the wild as he tries to discover the clues to his past.
The Planet Slaine lies in the insidious grip of the Worm, a creature of ancient and sinister origin. Its only desire is to prevent the birth of the mysterious Golden Child and maintain its stranglehold on a planet that it has defiled for centuries. To live and pursue its cravings it needs a human host, but not many men have been able to endure its thirst for death and destruction until it finds Marik. Marik the pirate is the scourge of Slaine, and a wanted man across the whole planet. His name is a by-word for everything that civilization fears and hates. But Marik does not care what anyone thinks about him. He has a death wish, and he is happy to endure the misery of hosting the Worm in return for the infamy and wealth it brings him. Yet everything starts to fall apart for Marik when he promises to pay a blood-forfeit in return for the rights to sack the fabled city of Arnak. Trapped by a destiny beyond his ability to control, and pursued by a promise he does not understand, Marik fights for his life as he hurtles towards what will probably be not just his own death, but the death of the whole planet along with him.