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Australian novelist Gregory Worthington
flees to Malta, where he hopes to find sanctuary from his crumbling marriage and
inspiration for his next novel. The inspiration arrives upon hearing of the village
mystery of a missing child. This becomes the subject of his writing, but his investigations
are fraught with difficulty. His romance with a local woman can either restore
or ruin his career, but who is the unexpected female visitor?
The village parish
priest shows veiled antagonism towards him, which is countered by a friendship
struck with a mysterious doctor. "Life is not a novel, Mr Worthington, in
which everything is resolved by the last twenty pages," says the parish priest.
But there are questions that must be answered, and Worthington determines to find
the solutions before he leaves Malta.
Poignant and moving, punctuated by comical scenes and passionate interludes, "Death in Malta" is a powerful novel of love and loss, disappointment and dislocation - curiosity and consequences.