Blurb from the book
"Straight...an insurance investigator recalled to his childhood uncovers a body and ghosts from his past.
"Bent...an unseen stranger confuses a crime writer with the characters who stalk the pages of his books.
"Barbara Vine...a conservator restoring a flood-damaged Venice crypt suspects that he's been implicated in a murder.
"Twelve dazzling stories by an award-winning author writing at the peak of his ability, introduced by an elegant testament to the writing process itself."