Fan site Welcome to Twin Peaks got a hold of the abstract of Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost's upcoming book, The Secret History of Twin Peaks — an exploration of the town's mysteries that may hold some clues about the new series, too. Of course, this is Twin Peaks, so who can really say? Here's how Welcome to Twin Peaks translates the abstract from its original French language. Warning — it's detailed enough to be intriguing but vague enough to be kind of infuriating:
Twenty-five years [after Dale Cooper's investigation of the murder of Laura Palmer,] the FBI gets a hold of a box from an anonymous source. In the box, a huge dossier…
A female FBI agent is tasked to analyse all the documents inside, and everything related to the strange town of Twin Peaks. She also has to determine the identity of the person who compiled the dossier. Along the way, she discovers secrets about the lives of the town's residents, but also investigative reports from Dale Cooper who has since vanished, newspaper clippings, an autopsy report, and other classified information.
What happened since the disappearance (?) of the young woman? And why did an anonymous "archivist" compile such a thorough dossier on Twin Peaks and its origins?
Frost's book comes out in October; the show, of course, won't air until next year. The Secret History is being billed as the volume that will "prep fans for the upcoming Showtime series like nothing else out there". Does this mean that female FBI agent will appear on the show? Does it mean Agent Cooper will still be missing when the show returns (and if so, where did he go)? Or is this all clever misdirection? Flatiron Books has informed us that "The Secret History of Twin Peaks, which we are publishing in October, is not a tie-in edition to the new series. It's a novel by co-creator Mark Frost."
Half the fun of Twin Peaks is working through its hidden depths and trying to unravel its many puzzles — some of which will never really be explained (welcome to David Lynch). So in that regard, The Secret History definitely sounds like another must-read for fans.