Victor Trevor, an old friend of Holmes's calls him to Trincomalee, Ceylon, to investigate the vanishing of the Atkinson brothers, whose disappearance was as sudden as it was mysterious. For sixth months the people of Trincomalee have remained baffled by their departure, particularly because the brothers did not seem to have an enemy in the world. Holmes rushes to the island to help Trevor decipher just how these two men simply vanished.
Eric Brown (1960- )
Eric Brown is a British science fiction author. Born in Hawthorn, Yorkshire, he began writing at the age of 15. His first publication was Noel's Ark in 1982, a children's play, but his first publication of genre interest was "Krash-Bangg Joe and the Pineal-Zen Equation" for Interzone in 1987. His career took off after a succession of short series appeared in this and other publications, and he has won the BSFA twice for his short fiction.