Journalist David Buckley witnesses a murder. Only one problem – the murderer doesn't exist, so now Buckley's the chief suspect, and he's on the run. Can he prove his innocence – and his sanity?
Student David Buckley's obsession with fellow student, Alison Tindell, led to hospitalisation for mental illness. Thirty years on, Buckley, now a successful journalist, receives a surprise phone call from Alison, inviting him to visit. That same evening, a murder occurs; Buckley is accused, and Alison, his only alibi, vanishes. The police don't believe she ever existed. Buckley escapes, travelling the country by canal boat, in a desperate search to find her before the law catches up. But someone else intends to find Buckley first, a person he fears more than anyone.
Reviewed in Towpath Talk:
You have to go on the run to try to prove your innocence and, as luck would have it, you suddenly find you have access to a narrowboat. This handily provides the means of travel and hiding from the police; who escapes at 4mph? . . . A good mystery tale with plenty of interesting characters, a couple of jailbreaks, dead ends and identity changes which makes a good read and is highly recommended.