A detective who lives among the dead and dying victims and killers from the murder cases he’s trying to solve.
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Through time spent with these imagined lost souls, River is able to piece together the truth behind the crimes he investigates.
The figures that drift in and out of River’s consciousness are ‘manifests’. They are vividly imagined by him through the great empathy and understanding he has for the damaged, the deranged and the disenfranchised.
He has a way of keying into people’s inner lives and tends to rely more on his instincts about the words and behaviours of the people he studies, than on procedural evidence. His own lonely and peripatetic upbringing has frozen him in a kind of isolation from the living, Stevie being the notable exception