The Gardener of Eden

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Pegasus Crime
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

David Downie, a native San Franciscan, lived in New York, Rome, and Milan before moving to Paris. Downie's travel, food and arts features have been published worldwide. He is the author of two previous novels and over a dozen nonfiction history, travel and food books, including the highly acclaimed Paris, Paris; A Passion for Paris; Paris to the Pyrenees; and A Taste of Paris. He divides his time between France and Italy with his wife, the photographer Alison Harris.


The tension ratchets up and the mysteries begin to unravel as Downie expertly captures the powerlessness and courage of those in peril.
The Gardener of Eden is a novel of great originality--lively, engaging, unexpected, sharp, and poetic. Downie is a master of the eerie and bizarre, and his character Beverley is one of the great literary creations of the century.--Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen, longlisted for the National Book Award
An admirable and ambitious novel.--John Teel, Pop Culture Association (05/05/2019)
David Downie evokes the fierce beauty of America's northwest coast, peoples it with an assortment of appropriately offbeat characters and plunges them into a mystery that is pitch-perfect for the time and place. A compelling read that is more than a little ominous.--Patricia Bracewell, author of the "Emma of Normandy" Trilogy
A deftly crafted and engagingly entertaining novel about redemption, revenge, justice, love, and the eroding price of secrecy as a man and a community grapple with tortured pasts and a frightening future.
David Downie writes like a poet. Not only will his evocative, lyrical style sweep you up in his story, but his characters will live in your head long after you've finished reading.--Ellen Crosby, author of 'Harvest of Secrets'
A haunting, skillfully-woven tale of love, loss, redemption and revenge, set in a small town with a very, very dark secret.--Tim Utton, author of 'Lies'
Downie's characters are so real and his descriptions so detailed, I felt I was actually in the story--a helpless bystander. A perfect mix of sociopolitical commentary, suspense, and love.--Angela Scipioni, co-author of the 'Iris & Lily' series and author of 'Gently, Jolene'
Zowie! When we think of David Downie, we probably flash on Paris or Rome. He kind of owns those places, so it's okay. His newest is something completely different, however. Completely. A moving and haunting fiction, set in a place no sybarite, no globe-trotter, would ever go. The kind of place where the resources that really matter are to be found within yourself.--Elatia Harris, writer, editor, freelance chef and artiste extraordinaire
Like a path through the forest, the story twists abruptly, from strange discoveries to terrifying encounters, to a welcome late-in-life love story. With surprises and memorable characters at every turn, it's an exhilarating ride.--Joanna Biggar
A haunting, luminous novel. This chilling yet lyrical page-turner explores the dark secrets lurking beneath the stunning natural beauty of Carverville, a dying timber town. Downie weaves an intricate and compelling narrative of redemption, revenge, justice, and love?and the price of secrecy?as a community grapples with its tortured past and frightening future. If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today, he would make the movie.
Tense, yet surprisingly emotional, a literary triumph that deserves widespread attention, both as a piece of fantastic writing and as a warning to the inhumanities of the populist movement.--Jamie Brackell, Pop Culture Bandit