Synopses & Reviews
St. Paul, Minnesota, 1939. The body of a beautiful dime-a-dance girl is found on a hillside, and Police Lieutenant Wesley Horner, struggling and alone after his wife's recent death, heads the investigation into her murder. His chief suspect is Herbert White, an eccentric recluse and hobby photographer who spends his days recording his life in detailed journal entries and scrapbooks. In Mr. White's Confession, Robert Clark illuminates the complex relationships between truth and fiction, past and present, faith and memory. Mr. White's Confession is the winner of the 1999 Edgar Award for Best Novel.
"Robert Clark has written a book that is instantly familiar and continually surprising, a meditation on memory, love and loss wrapped in the wrinkled suit of a classic American genre." Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"A pulsing tale of redemption and original goodness."--Pico Iyer
"Strong, brooding...Clark's most striking achievement is Herbert's ambiguity, making it appear at once vulnerable and threatening."--Dan Cryer, Newsday
"Complex...intriguing...a fascinating and timely journey into the American psyche."--Barbara Lloyd McMichael, Seattle Times
"A novel of substance...reveals the subtlety of [Robert Clark's] artistry and the profundity of his vision."--Merle Rubin, The Wall Street Journal
"The long ruminations of Mr. White...give the book its intensity and mystery."--The New Yorker
"Robert Clark has written a book that is instantly familiar and continually surprising, a meditation on memory, love and loss wrapped in the wrinkled suit of a classic American genre."--James Lileks, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
About the Author
is the author of the novel In the Deep Midwinter
and River of the West, a cultural history of the Columbia River (both Picador), and The Solace of Food
, a biography of James Beard. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.