When Evan Nellis, a neophyte biologist still reeling from the mysterious death of his father, is hired by PDT Biological Consulting in San Francisco, he finds himself under the brutal tutelage of Gordon Shaw, a brilliant biologist sorely lacking in people skills. With his neurotic, hypochondriac mother pressuring him to move back home to rural California and his entry-level wage forcing him to stay on the couch of an eccentric friend, Evan's only relief is surfing.
That changes when Richard Headley, a wealthy developer, takes an interest in Evan's career and requests him personally for the biological assessments of his properties. Yet what seems like a blessing at first soon finds Evan in conflict with his principles, and he must confront everyone, including himself, before all he values is destroyed.
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"All said, Imperfect Solitude is an outstanding effort …an
artistic accomplishment, whether from a debut or the last work in a canon. I
eagerly await Mahony's next novel."
"Compelling, edgy and smart, Imperfect Solitude forces
readers to wonder What would I do? as they watch Evan Nellis
navigate the very dangerous waters of corporate greed, cranky co-workers,
doped-up roommates, and a beautiful woman."
---Robin Stratton, Boston Literary Magazine
"A modern, fresh and bold first novel about issues facing
coastal communities in modern America."
"Tom Mahony has created a very entertaining read … If you are
a fan of Raymond Chandler or Kem Nunn, Imperfect Solitude is definitely up your
alley … This is a fun novel to read on a surf-deficient day."