The Kortelisy Escape
Quick Overview :
Caught in a Three Strikes law that sends him to prison for life, Nate Larson negotiates with prosecutors for an early release in exchange for testifying against his brother in an upcoming trial. As part of the deal, he demands custody of his fourteen-year-old granddaughter, Grace, who’s survived a string of disastrous foster homes. Nate studied close-up magic during his time in prison. He’s good, and despite her wariness Grace joins him for a touring magic show of New England. Nate’s actual plan: to spend a few pleasant months with his granddaughter then run alone to Canada in hopes of undermining the case against his brother, who’s been falsely accused of trafficking. Pressure comes from that direction, too, from the actual traffickers who have hijacked the family’s legitimate, though secretive, connections to Eastern Europe and the Ukrainian village of Kortelisy. Facing certain violence unless he runs, distraught at the prospect of wounding Grace unless he stays, Nate must thread a dangerous needle. And Grace, learning to perform some magic herself, must grow up in a hurry if she’s to save the only person she has ever trusted. The Kortelisy Escape is a moving, unlikely love story narrated in alternating chapters by Grace and Nate Larson. It’s also a coming-of-age story enriched by mounting tension and large questions concerning magic, loyalty and wonder. It’s a book for young and
old, intergenerational book clubs especially.
LEONARD ROSEN is the multiply translated author of the Henri Poincaré series, praised by both literary and genre reviewers as “ingenious” (NPR), “richly descriptive” (Washington Post), and “exceptional” (Mysterious Books). Finalist for an Edgar Award and the Chautauqua Prize, winner of the Macavity and Foreword Reviews’ coveted Editor’s Choice (best of the independent press), Len has been praised for the “rare pleasure” of creating “a protagonist who reads like a literary figure in a thriller.” The Kortelisy Escape is his third novel.