From Hesperus dust jacket: With London in the grip of a heat wave, a man takes refuge from the scorching sun in a tea shop, only to share his table with a stranger who seems determined to make conversation. Too polite ignore him, and fascinated despite himself, the narrator becomes a reluctant confidant as his new acquaintance begins to relate the confused circumstances of an unexplained disappearance. Elsewhere, birth, death and the breakdown of a relationship are all bound up in the story of a troubled childhood, and altercations between servants and their chilling results are revealed in another highly ambiguous confession to a stranger.
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A collection of short stories by Walter de la Mare, 'Missing' explores the discomfort that ensues when past secrets are brought to light.