Light is neutral and indifferent. It can blind as well as
reveal. It can save someone who wanders too close to an unseen
edge, but it can just as easily betray a person cowering in a
So thinks Matthew Bowles, as he stares out his Paris window at
the sun sparkling off a tiny fountain in the place du Dublin in the
8th arrondissement. Matthew, a traumatized war
correspondent, has fled to the anonymity of Paris after himself
becoming an international story for a failed act of heroism. He has
been offered a book contract, but the ghosts of his past threaten
to overtake him as he struggles to write his memoirs.
In a city of refugees, Matthew is a refugee from reality, as
homeless as those whose shattered lives he records. Matthew
resurrects a friendship with Jack SaddlerVietnam vet, ex-mercenary
and sometime combat photographerand is drawn into Jacks world of
shadowy bars, calculating lovers and booze-fuelled nights of
But he is also befriended by Saida, the beautiful, scarred woman
who fled Lebanon with her family and now runs a café on the place
du Dublin. Matthew is drawn in by her kindness and her fierce love
for Joseph, her sixteen-year-old son, who is growing into manhood
on the treacherous streets of the North African quarter.
This is Paris far from the glimmer of tourist lights. It is here
that secrets are divulged, guilt and passion are revealed, and
Matthew is caught up in an inescapable final confrontation.
Shining light into the no-mans-land of war zones, Pariss
unseen quarters, and the darkest corners of the human mind and
heart, Lauren B. Davis delivers a novel of astonishing depth and
power. The Radiant City is the story of a man
rediscovering his humanity and the necessity of participating in
life rather than simply observing it.