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  • Published: 2 April 2007
  • ISBN: 9780099481263
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224

Departure Lounge


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A brilliant novel by one of New Zealand's best writers - gripping noir at its best.

Mark Chamberlain is a man who has everything: a job he loves; the criminal record to prove it; a cop on his trail and a houseful of stolen goods. All he's missing is Caroline May, and she's been gone for more than twenty years. Nobody knows what happened to Caroline. One afternoon her parents came home and she just wasn't there. She had been seen alone, with a stranger, on the ferry, on a plane. She was never seen again.

Mark knows all the stories about Caroline. Stealing memories is how he makes a living. Each time he breaks into a house he sees Caroline in his head. But he knows she isn't there. Until one night when he walks into a room and discovers a collection of photographs, the blonde girl he remembers, looking back at him - smiling. And he realises suddenly, that the secret of Caroline is still alive. Mark may have been abandoned, but he is no longer alone.

  • Pub date: 2 April 2007
  • ISBN: 9780099481263
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

Chad Taylor

Chad Taylor lives and works in New Zealand. He is the author of six novels - Pack of Lies, Heaven, Shirker, Electric and Departure Lounge - and one collection of short stories, The Man Who Wasn't Feeling Himself. In 2001 he was awarded a Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship for Literature, and in 2003 he was the Auckland University Literary Fellow. The New Zealand Listener recently chose him as one of the ten best New Zealand novelists under forty.

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Praise for Departure Lounge

“Smart, original, surprising and just about as cool as a novel can get”

Washington Post

“Taylor in effect has taken the not-knowing at the mystery genre's core and enshrined it, occupied its amorphous territory and made of it, as in this slight book's emotional peak, a luminous art”

Houston Chronicle

“There's so much pleasure and bafflement to be derived from this thriller by novelist Chad Taylor that it seems like an afterthought to point out that it's also a fascinating portrait of life in modern-day New Zealand”

Chicago Tribune


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