Where’s Bob? follows newly divorced Lydia, who’s life is in a downward spiral. Looking for respite, she takes off on a vacation to Mexico with her formerly estranged mother. But instead of sun and sand, what she finds beyond the hotel’s miniature jungles and Mayan statuary and folk dancing is a country where the people, many of whom serve her and her mother at the resort, live in fear, their lives dominated by cartels and corruption, and where journalists and politicians are made to disappear for even poking around the truth. But it’s also where she finds Bob, a mysterious man from Detroit who works all the angles.
Peeling away the fantasy veneer of the tourists’ Mexico to reveal a real life underworld of money laundering, political intimidation, and murder, Where’s Bob? offers up a fast-paced tragicomic page-turner about mothers and daughters and the callous blindness of tourists, and how easy it is to slip from one world into the other.
Ann Ireland is a prize-winning author of five novels. She teaches creative writing at Ryerson University in Toronto, writes feature articles about visual artists, and is a contributing editor for Numero Cinq online magazine. Her first novel was made into a feature film, The Pianist, directed by Claude Gagnon. She is a past president of PEN Canada.