Joseph Olshan is the author of eleven novels, including: Nightswimmer, The Conversion, Vanitas, and The Waterline. His first novel, Clara’s Heart, won the Times/Jonathan Cape Young Writers’ Competition and later became a feature film. Joseph has also written extensively for newspapers and magazines and served as a professor of Creative Writing at New York University for six years. His latest novel, Black Diamond Fall, sees the disappearance of Luc Flanders divide the Carleton, Vermont police department. Where some believe he disappeared of his own volition, others like detectives Nick Jenkins and Helen Kennedy believe in darker outcomes. Suspicions arise around secret lover Sam Solomon who can’t prove his whereabouts during the disappearance. However, when the Robert Frost house is vandalized, a possible link between it and the disappearance may reveal new possibilities for the detectives.
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From the acclaimed author of CLARA'S HEART and CLOUDLAND comes a rich, literary mystery based and united by two real events that occurred at Middlebury College; the disappearance of a student during winter break; and the vandalism of the Robert Frost Homestead located on one of the outer campuses. Luc Flanders has just finished playing a game of pond hockey with his college roommates when he realizes he has lost something precious and goes back to the ice to find it. He never returns, and the police department in Middlebury, Vermont are divided in their assessment of what may have happened to him. Some feel that Flanders left on his own accord and is deliberately out of touch. Others, including detectives Nick Jenkins and Helen Kennedy, suspect that harm may have come to him. As the search for Luc Flanders widens and intensifies, suspicions about several different people, including his Middlebury College roommates and ex-girlfriend arise. Unfortunately, Sam Solomon an older man with whom Luc has been having a secret relationship, cannot prove his whereabouts during the hours when the younger man may have disappeared and Solomon, too, comes under suspicion. As Luke Flanders disappears, the Robert Frost house near the Middlebury campus is vandalized. And there seems to be a link between the two events that the police are determined to discover. Alternating points of view between Luc Flanders Sam Solomon, Luc's mother and detective Nick Jenkins, BLACK DIAMOND FALL races to a disturbing and astonishing conclusion in a lush, literary mystery that could only come from the mind of acclaimed author Joseph Olshan.