Joseph Olshan

Clara's Heart won the Times/Jonathan Cape Young Writers' Competition


When Luc Flanders disappears after playing a game of pond hockey with his college roommates, the police department in Carleton, Vermont is divided in its assessment of what fate befell him.

Some feel that Flanders went off the grid by choice. Others, including detectives Nick Jenkins and Helen Kennedy, suspect foul play. As the search for Flanders intensifies, the detectives turn their gaze to Sam Solomon, an older man with whom Luc has been having a secret relationship, who cannot prove his whereabouts during the hours when Flanders disappeared.

And then, when the Robert Frost house is vandalized, the detectives discover that there may be a link between the events which they are determined to discover.

from Black Diamond Fall (Polis Books)