"You know how it is: you don’t believe what you are seeing. One minute he is there laughing, and the next, gone. Then it hits us. He doesn’t pop back up. He’s nowhere in sight."
In Dangling, Ben recalls his relationship with Ring, an enigmatic young man who disappears during a family picnic. During their friendship Ring reveals little about his background, but he has many tales of the daring adventures of his friend Fox. Ring’s disappearance weighs heavily on Ben; Ben never really understood Ring and can’t figure out why his friend left so suddenly. When Ring’s body doesn’t turn up after days of searching, Ben questions whether or not Ring really died in the river.
Winner of the 2002 Edgar Allen Poe Award