by Judith Van Gieson
few books engross me from the first page but this is one of them.
Jonathan Vail wrote a "coming of age" novel that made him famous. His
disappearance shortly after the book was published made him a legend.
Today, archivist Claire Reynier preserves Vail's papers at the
University of New Mexico. Vail was a gifted writer who disappeared 35
years ago while on a camping trip with his girlfriend, Jennie Dell. They
took refuge in a cave in Slickrock Canyon when a thunderstorm arose.
Jennie said that Vail inexplicably walked out into the downpour and
disappeared. Park rangers searched for him but never found a trace.
Rumors swirled about Vail. Some said that he went to Canada to avoid
being sent to Vietnam. Others said that he was in Mexico. Still others
claimed that Jennie had murdered him. Officials believed that he had
fallen off a cliff and that the flood water had swept him away. One day a
graduate student walks into Claire's office with an old dusty briefcase
saying that he found Vail's missing journal in a cave in Slickrock
Canyon. Claire authenicates the journal and starts for her own search
for Vail. -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department [ see Donna's Reviewer Profile and other reviews ]
[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the works of Steven F. Havill, Aimee Thurlo and Michael McGarrity.]
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