From Publishers Weekly
Dooling's novel about a Peace Corps volunteer missing in Africa and the two men-his naive friend and his boastful father-who try to use American influence to find him was a 1994 National Book Award finalist.
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From Library Journal
Behind the fairly simple story of a Peace Corps volunteer missing in West Africa and a friend's search to find him, one feels that some larger significance is brooding and expects it to appear at any moment. Unfortunately, it never does. The pace is fast, the style lush, and the atmosphere slightly ominous; there is plenty of action, adventure, and suspense; but somehow Dooling has not quite managed to make it all come alive. The result has to be one of the longest shaggy-dog stories on record. The book would have been better if the author had curbed his tendency to overexpansiveness and exercised a little control of his material. A potentially good novel that does not quite make it.A.J. Anderson, GSLIS, Simmons Coll., Boston
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