Taroko Gorge (Paperback)

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American journalist Peter Neils and his photographer companion Pickett are on assignment in Taiwan and make a trip to Taroko Gorge to go sightseeing. Bordered by cliffs, the sea, lovely trees, and age old temples, this beautiful setting quickly becomes menacing when three female students from a field trip go missing. All cultures are forced to work together to decipher the mystery, which becomes compelling when the reader is lowered into a vat of deceit, lies, and decadence. Each chapter is told through the eyes of different characters. Good or bad, it is an obligation to stand in the shoes of those directly involved. Jacob’s creativity and fresh approach should not be missed.

— Mike, Albuquerque

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“How do we deal with death and loss? This is the question that Jacob Ritari explores in Taroko Gorge. Through the eyes of a veteran American reporter, an elderly Taiwanese detective, and two Japanese teens, we experience the disappearance of, and subsequent search for, three students in Taroko National Park. The mystery part of the story - What happened to these girls? - is handled competently, but the real accomplishment of the novel is the four characters' distinct and realistic responses to loss, from the optimistic adolescents to the detective who has dealt with dozens of missing persons. This is a book that sticks with you.”
— Josh Christie, Sherman's Books & Stationery, Freeport, ME


A disillusioned and raggedy American reporter
and his drunken photojournalist partner are the last
to see three Japanese schoolgirls who disappear
into Taroko Gorge, Taiwan's largest national park.
The journalists--who are themselves suspects--
investigate the disappearance along with the girls'
homeroom teacher, their bickering classmates,
and a seasoned and wary Taiwanese detective.
The conflicts between them--complicated by
the outrageousness of the photographer and the
raging hormones of the young--raise questions of
personal responsibility, truthfulness, and guarded
The world and its dangers--both natural and
interpersonal--are real, changing, and violently
pressing. And the emotions that churn in dark
rooms overnight as the players gather in the park
visitors' center are as intense as in any closet
drama. There's enough action and furor here to
keep readers turning the pages, and the cultural
revelations of the story suggest that the human
need for mystery outweighs the desire for answers.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781936071654
ISBN-10: 1936071657
Publisher: Unbridled Books
Publication Date: July 6th, 2009
Pages: 239
Language: English