Found unconscious on a remote road in the coastal rain forest, Joseph Windebank is badly injured, water-soaked, and near death. Nursed back to health in a rural community of fishers and loggers, Joey is a changed man. His memory is gone, his wife has disappeared, and, in piecing together the mystery, Joey comes to imagine his world as a shadowy, frightening place, where vampires haunt the deep woods and the dead trade their lives on the land for an eerie afterlife in the dark waters of the coastal inlets. Teased, tolerated, and nicknamed “Zero,” he packs prawns at the local fish plant, making a new life for himself. But he hides a growing fear that a huge, dark, and hungry secret is rising from the Pacific deeps of his past—a secret that he may be better.
David Lee is a PhD candidate in
the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of
Guelph. With SSHRC support, he is writing his dissertation on the
history of improvised music in Canada. David’s previous books
include The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New
York Jazz Field (3rd edition 2014) and the novel Commander Zero