The story starts with the suspicious death of Adam Diehl, known in the rare book collecting world as a small rare book/antiquarian buyer/seller whose sources may not be as legal as most collectors would like. Adam has been found dead in his recluse home in Montauk, with his hands removed which seems to be a sinister message from the killer.
Meghan, the deceased’s sister seeks help and emotional refuge on her on-off boyfriend who is a rare book collector and unfortunately, also a forger specializing in Conan Doyle documentation. Meghan doesn’t approve of her boyfriend illegal activities and begs him to renounce that part of his life.
The story is told in first person , from the point of view of Meghan’s boyfriend whose name we don’t find out until almost the end of the book. After the suspected murder of Adam Diehl, the narrator would take us on trip to the past about how he crossed paths with Adam always from the sidelines and Meghan with a huge surprise in the end.
Although not a long book (about 220 pages) I enjoyed thoroughly the story, the narrator walks you through his own personal world of turmoil, self-doubt and moral judgement, the description of emotions and the slow, almost intimate look into his relationship with Meghan makes this a great book.