publication 12 April 2007
a novel by
ISBN 978 0 907839 94 1 196 pages demy 8vo paperback
Ward Three (Rehabilitation) of Belknap General Hospital is a perhaps surprising scene for an elemental
struggle for mastery, identity, and a grasp of reality, in a place where hallucination is normal. This fantastic but
naturalistic story reverses the who-dunnit: the question is who will do it? The murderee is easily identified but
who will be the murderer? Everyone in dream-haunted Ward Three has a motive for killing Max, towering (in
his wheelchair) in his pride of place as gatekeeper. The question is finally answered bloodily in the real world.
Brian Griffin has published science fiction novels; but here he writes of what he knows. The result is
gripping, darkly humorous and full of suspense, with a dénouement that raises the question underlying the
whole story: Who is our Gatekeeper?
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