Fiction. THE COMPLETE CHARLIE MARTENS TRILOGY is gathered together for the first time: VERNON DOWNS/WORLD GONE WATER/GARDEN LAKES. Charlie Martens is a man desperate for stability in an otherwise peripatetic life. An explosion that killed his parents when he was young robbed him of any chance for normalcy and he was shuttled from relative to relative, left alone to decipher the world he encountered in order to cobble together an answer as to how he should live. Three novels in one omnibus edition.