The Land Across
by Gene Wolfe
Cover Artist: Photo: Stephen Carroll, David at Myrtille, Trevillion Images
Review by Benjamin Wald
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765335951
Date: 26 November 2013 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Product Description: An American writer of travel guides in need of a new location chooses to travel to a small and obscure Eastern European country. The moment Grafton crosses the border he's in trouble, much more than he could have imagined. His passport is taken by guards, and then he is detained for not having it. He is released into the custody of a family, but is again detained. It becomes evident that there are supernatural agencies at work, but they are not in some ways as threatening as the brute forces of bureaucracy and corruption in that country. Is our hero in fact a spy for the CIA? Or is he an innocent citizen caught in a Kafkaesque trap?
(Source: Tor Books)