What do you do when your wife takes your child and leaves you alone in a city of ghosts?
Dutch banker Hans ver den Broek chooses cricket. But New York cricket is a long way from the tranquil sport he grew up with. It's a rough, almost secret game, played in scrubby marginal urban parks by people the city doesn’t see - people like Chuck Ramkissoon.
Years later, when a body is pulled out of a New York canal, Hans is forced to remember his unusual friendship with Chuck - dreamer, visionary, and perhaps something darker...
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I'd like a bit more plot and a bit less of the quirky, characterful digressions....
Possibly.....with different subject matter; his writing flows really nicely.
All the scenes where he's talking with his wife - the dialogue is insightful.
Nope. Not enough plot for me.
This is a quirky, rambling read with endless time jumps and digressions into interest and entertaining but ultimately pointless asides. But it is entertaining.
- Steve Porter
Wonderful, wonderful New York novel
- Rusmat Ahmed