Long-dead Lord Byron started it. The rock star of his age. But a poet with about as much relevance to the blood grudge struggle that marks modern life for most of humanity, as he has to the practice of sliding down snowy slopes on planks of wood. And yet, it was thanks to Byron that Itchy ended up living in Chamonix Mont Blanc, the death-sport capital of the world, among the high mountains and low morals.In the intervening years he has tried hard with alcohol and adrenaline to numb a past he can’t atone for. Now a serial rapist is stalking Cham’s tourist-thronged streets, haunting the same shadows as Itchy and triggering an obsession which will lead him far from Europe’s zenith, to the depths of the valley and himself.The promise of Jonathan Trigell’s first novel, “Boy A“, is fully realised in this evocation of the world of extreme sports, where the reckless violence of a callow man’s life comes back to haunt him.
After the death of his overbearing mother, the privileged Arda reclines in his wealth, reflecting on his young life and on the life of his father, the famous mathematician MÃ¼rsel Ergenekon, who was murdered on Ardaâ€™s fourteenth birthday. While on the other side of the city, â€œyour humble servantâ€ Bedirhan has decided to pack in his ten-year career as an assassin.
Their two lives become intrinsically bound in this remarkable thriller that takes us through the streets of Istanbul. We learn that Bedirhan in fact killed Ardaâ€™s father, and that they share more in common than he or we could imagine.
Meanwhile, SelÃ§uk Altun, a former family friend, is playing a deadly game, providing Arda with clues to track down his fatherâ€™s killer.