The Tracer of Lost Persons / The Tree of Heaven
By Robert Chambers
THE TRACER OF LOST PERSONS
Keen & Co. are prepared to locate the whereabouts of anybody on earth. No charges will be made unless the person searched for is found‚‚ But what if you are looking for someone who doesn't exist? Say, the perfect woman of your dreams. Or what if you are looking for someone who has been dead for centuries? ... an Egyptian princess who lies in suspended animation. Or perhaps you are a famous artist who has been rendering the "ideal" woman for so long that you have now fallen in love with your own epitome of beauty. Can Westrel Keen, the Tracer of Lost Persons, find that ideal...?
THE TREE OF HEAVEN
There was nothing particularly remarkable about the dinner; it was the usual excellent affair one might expect; the wines perfect, the service flawless...
The host has studied in the ways of the Eastern adept. Now, with his friends about him, he begins to predict their futures. One man will "uproot a Tree of Dreams but not the dream," and one has a good-natured ghost following him about. One of them, a doctor, is about to learn a stranger truth than is locked up among the molecules in his laboratory, while the young officer is destined to anchor "in the Port of the Golden Pool." They may not understand these predictions, but each of their fates await them....
"A very distinctive book ... reminiscent of the kind of material Algernon Blackwood did so well."--Hugh Lamb, Introduction to Out of the Dark 2