Gregor Robinson
2000 |
Bahamas

Gregor Robinson's debut novel charts a season in the life of 30-something David Rennison, a disillusioned banker fleeing a failed relationship and the rat race of Montreal for the warmer climes of the Bahamian outport of Pigeon Cay. A fair-weather expatriate, he has come to the subtropics in search of exotic escape, but instead stumbles upon genteel corruption, white-collar crime, racism, and murder. Amid the turmoil of illegal Haitian refugees, voodoo rituals, and the powdery trail of drug smugglers, Rennison peers into the lives of those that both create and inherit his purgatory. Keeping a field journal of local flora and fauna, his botanist handbook gradually assumes the voice of a confessional diary, betraying details of a burgeoning affair and his secret conscience, capable of remedy or poison.

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