Two narratives that share a single title, The Handler, play out in different locations – one of them in a peculiar sort of house, the other in a closed theatre.
The reader receives no guidance about which order to read the stories in because there are two front covers, and each narrative is at once the start and the end of the other. Both narratives need to be coordinated by the handler from whom the book takes its name. The question is whether the handler will succeed in coordinating the narratives, and how he goes about doing so.
An atmosphere of claustrophobia and mystery intensifies as the story progresses. The solution, if there really is one, comes at the very last moment.
The author, who is deeply influenced by surrealism and the literature of the irrational, cleverly matches his resources to the gothic tradition.
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