The Search for the Dice Man
|This article does not cite any sources. (July 2008) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
Cover to the UK first edition
|7 June 1993|
|Media type||Print (hardback & paperback)|
|Pages||450 pp (hardback edition) & 386 pp (paperback edition)|
|ISBN||0-00-223937-X (hardback edition) & ISBN 0-586-21515-8 (paperback edition)|
|Preceded by||The Dice Man|
The book is set 20 years after the end of The Dice Man, and Luke's dicechild, Larry Rhinehart, has grown up to become a hotshot investor on the stock market. He has totally rejected his father's reverence for chance: he sees it as an adversary to be overcome, and has managed to create a stable, normal life for himself, in spite of his early abandonment. Indeed, he is due to wed the daughter of his boss, and live wealthily ever after.
This state of affairs would make a dull story and soon his father's ghostly presence intervenes. He gets approached by the FBI, who are trying to trace his father's location, and find out whether he's alive or dead. Though Larry naturally refuses to have anything to do with the FBI, he soon starts to pursue his own investigations. He is financed in this by his fiancée's father, who wants to put the whole dice business to rest, and is accompanied by his fiancée's cousin, an unreformed hippy.
It takes a long time - a whole book in fact, but Larry eventually does complete his quest. Along the way, what he sees and hears change his views somewhat; by the end of the book it is he who is trying to convince Luke, his father, to accept more chance into his life, rather than the other way round.
- 1993, UK, HarperCollins ISBN 0-00-223937-X, Pub date 7 June 1993, hardback
- 1994, UK, HarperCollins ISBN 0-586-21515-8, Pub date 10 October 1994, paperback
- 1999, UK, HarperCollins ISBN 0-00-651391-3, Pub date 15 December 1999, paperback
|This article about a 1990s novel is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.
See guidelines for writing about novels. Further suggestions might be found on the article's talk page.