The Search for Joseph Tully
by William H. Hallahan
Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc.
Book Club Edition
This is the story of one of the strangest quests in recent fiction.
In Brooklyn, in an historic part of that shambled borough, the flailing iron ball of the wrecker's crane is at work. One of the few buildings still standing amid the rubble is the Brevoort House, older than memory. Its only remaining tenant is Peter Richardson. Abandoned. Menaced. Alone. The Brevoort has become an unbearable burden for him. Houses, like people, can go bad, and the Brevoort emanates an evilness, an undefined terror, aimed directly at him. The house -- something in the house -- is telling Richardson of his impending death.
In another part of Brooklyn, Matthew Willow, a solicitor just arrived from London, takes up quarters. He is seeking a man who may not exist. He has one clue only, the name of the wanted man's ancestor: Joseph Tully. This eighteenth-century wine merchant had sent his four sons to colonial America to make their fortunes, and Willow's search takes him into the fascinating world of the genealogical detective. He follows a circuitous trail through old courthouse files, colonial church records, graveyards, dockets of wills, property deeds, and bastardly laws. One after another, he traces the lines of Tully's sons. One by one, he reaches dead ends: No issue. Oddly enough, he is profoundly relieved. He is about to return to England when he chances upon an ancient diary. Its contents hold the vital information he has been so afraid he would find. Now he is forced to carry out his awesome revenge.
The Search for Joseph Tully is a harrowing tale, beautifully written; a powerful novel of tyranny beyond the grave.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover. Pages may be tanning and discolored from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper. Dust cover and dust cover flaps are tanning and discolored from age and show a bit of edge wear.
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