Awesome book! First writing of Straub I've ever read and I'm hooked by this one!!!!
if you love a murder mystery and one with a serial killer, this ones for you
Suspenseful story. I really enjoyed this one.
this is one of his better books.....
A woman commits suicide for no apparent reason. A week later, her son disappears from the face of the earth.
I think this is one of Straub's best books! It's got everything..it's a murder mystery, a ghost story...and so much more. You won't be able to put this one down.
Manhattan novelist Tim Underhill (from Koko, Mystery and The Throat) and Tim's friend, legendary private detective Tom Pasmore (from Mystery and The Throat). Written from multiple viewpoints, the narrative shuttles disturbingly through time and space as Tim travels home to Millhaven, Ill., to attend the funeral for his sister-in-law, a suicide. In that small city based loosely on Straub's hometown of Milwaukee, Tim spends time with his callow widowed brother, Philip, and his nephew, sensitive Mark, 15, who found his mother's naked body in the bathtub, wrists slit and a plastic bag over her head. Meanwhile, a serial killer is snatching teen boys from a local park, and Mark and his sidekick, Jimbo, begin to explore a nearby abandoned house. Mark grows obsessed with the house, eventually revealed as the rotting source of the evil that stalks Millhaven, but also as the harbor of a great marvel. When Mark disappears, Tim pursues his trail and, with Tom Pasmore's help, that of the serial killer who may have taken the boy away.
Clever, entertaining, and an easy read. If you like Straub, you will like this book.