From the Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning novelist of 419 comes a spellbinding literary adventure novel about precious objects lost and found.
The world is filled with wonders, lost objects—all real—all still out there, waiting to be found:
· the missing Fabergé eggs of the Romanov dynasty, worth millions
· the last reel of Alfred Hitchcock’s first film
· Buddy Holly’s iconic glasses
· Muhammad Ali’s Olympic gold medal
How can such cherished objects simply vanish? Where are they hiding? And who on earth might be compelled to uncover them?
Will Ferguson takes readers on a heroic, imaginative journey across continents, from the seas of southern Japan, to the arid Australian Outback, to the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, after the earthquake. Prepare to meet Gaddy Rhodes, a brittle Interpol agent obsessed with tracking “The Finder”—a shadowy figure she believes is collecting lost objects; Thomas Rafferty, a burnt-out travel writer whose path crosses that of The Finder, to devastating effect; and Tamsin Greene, a swaggering war photographer who is hiding secrets of her own.
The Finder is a beguiling and wildly original tale about the people, places, and things that are lost and found in our world. Both an epic literary adventure and an escape into a darkly thrilling world of deceit and its rewards, this novel asks: How far would you be willing to go to recover the things you’ve left behind?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
What lengths would you go to find something you’d lost? Interpol agent Gaddy Rhodes is trying to track down someone called the Finder, a mysterious figure who uncovers history’s most coveted lost objects (from Buddy Holly’s glasses to the missing Fabergé eggs of the Romanov dynasty) and always leaves total chaos in their wake. As Gaddy crosses paths with a photojournalist, a shepherdess, and a restless freelance travel writer, this tale becomes a thriller, a travelogue, and an epic literary adventure all in one. We love how author and real-life travel writer Will Ferguson gives every locale a vivid sense of place as we jet across the pages from southern Japan to the Australian outback to an earthquake-devastated Christchurch, New Zealand. Packed with suspense at every stop on its global tour, The Finder will help you travel the world without ever leaving your living room.
In this witty, exuberant novel from Ferguson (419), items believed long lost, such as Buddy Holly's glasses, Muhammad Ali's Olympic gold medal, a priceless African drum, and a lost Hitchcock film reel, suddenly resurface, often accompanied by unexplained deaths. The question is, who's doing this and why? The memorable cast of seekers includes Gaddy Rhodes, an Interpol agent obsessed with unmasking the mysterious "finder"; Thomas Rafferty, a legendary but burned-out travel writer searching for an ex-lover; Tamsin Greene, a war photographer with secrets of her own; and Catherine, a New Zealand schoolgirl hoping to breed bolder sheep. The richly developed characters cross and re-cross each other's paths as the plot moves effortlessly from the islands of southern Japan to earthquake-devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, and the country's Maori lands before climaxing during a dust storm in the Australian outback. Part thriller and part travelogue, this highly original novel offers punchy storytelling and vividly portrayed locales. Ferguson is bound to win new fans with this one.