'There was this large world of rolling time and shifting spaces, and that small, stilled world of horror and unease - they fit inside each other, a sphere within a sphere.'
It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the West coast goldfields. On the night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous sum of money has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky. From the author of award-winning global penomenon The Rehearsal comes a breathtaking feat of storytelling where everything is connected, but nothing is as it seems.
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2013
New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014 - Fiction Winner and Winner of People's Choice Award
'Every now and then you get to read a novel that elevates you far beyond the bric-a-brac of everyday routine, takes you apart, reassembles you, and leaves you feeling as though you have been on holiday with a genius.' - Paula Green, NZ Herald, 28 July 2013.