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Inhaltsangabe: The second Duckworth novel is "A wild and wacky thriller that's like sharing a roller-coaster ride with a suave maniac" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Morris Duckworth can't get over Massimina, or Mimi, as he likes to refers to her. But then, he should have thought of that before he kidnapped and killed her. Only now, living in Verona and married to Mimi's sister, does he appreciate how much he misses her and how blindly he has stumbled into a trap of fate. Struggling to adjust to his good fortune, with a lavish house and cushy job, our unsavory hero finds that his new success is rife with tribulation: not least his pushy bride's staggering sexual appetite and his nosy brother-in-law's meddling questions. So when he visits Mimi's grave and her charming photograph winks at him, he's ready for her advice. Mimi seems to be suggesting a path to Christian redemption: he will help the poor African immigrants of Verona. But is his sudden altruism genuine or a cover for further malfeasance? And why, despite his apparent sincerity, are those who get in his charitable way so prone to "accidents"? The dark and funny sequel to Cara Massimina, Mimi's Ghost is the ultimate comedy of self-justification. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction--novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Inhaltsangabe: A brilliant sequel to his highly praised Juggling the Stars, Tim Park's Mimi's Ghost is the ultimate comedy of self-justification. Morris can't get over Mimi, but then he should have thought of that before he kidnapped and killed her. Two years ago, the Italian girl eloped with him. Even as Morris turned elopement into kidnapping, writing ransom notes and collecting the cash, he was also falling deeply, genuinely in love. So getting rid of Mimi was more a punishment than a crime. He had not foreseen it; he would have done anything to avoid it. Only now, residing in Verona and married to the girl's sister, does Morris appreciate how blindly he stumbled into fate's trap. Just as our unsavory hero is beginning to adjust to his new life-a lavish house and a cushy, important position in his new family's lucrative winemaking business--he visits Mimi's grave on the ""Day of the Dead"" and the charming photograph of Mimi on the gravestone distinctly winks at him. Perhaps the poor dead Mimi can't get over Morris either. He begins to hear her voice; he sees her reincarnated in Renaissance madonnas. And before long she begins to tell him what he should do next. Mimi's ghost seems to be suggesting a road to redemption for Morris-he will help the poor African immigrants of Verona, giving them work in the family's vineyards. Is this the politically correct path to a newly repentant, even religious Morris? Or merely his latest scheme? Lingering questions about Mimi's death and the mysterious ""accidents"" that seem to befall anyone who gets in his charitable way certainly don't bode well for the former possibility.
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