Stacey vanished three years ago. Alan knows she's dead: he knows what happened because it was all his fault. But his mother refuses to believe it. Mum's endless, hopeless search for her baby, her lost little daughter, is the worst misery of Alan's life-after-Stacey. Going nowhere, filling shelves; seeing his dead little sister' ghost. Then Mum discovers NIMROD, the psychic missing persons agency. These people claim they can pluck messages from lost souls (living or dead) from the aether, and convert them into text on a computer screen. They're just another bunch of callous chancers, as far as Alan's concerned. But Mum's convinced, so Alan gets drawn in. The search for Stacy becomes Alan's search for the truth about NIMROD, and leads him into a bewildering underworld of James Bond gadgets, luxury yachts, conspiracy, blackmail; secret safe houses in the backstreets of his seaside town; and even aliens from outer space. Who are these people? They've got to be faking their "Stacey" messages, but how can they know what they know? And if they're crooks, why don't they go after someone with money? What can they have to gain from targetting Alan and his Mum?
Used availability for Ann Halam's Nimrod
March 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition