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The Dead Letters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2006

    A dark thriller that defies expectations

    A powerful novel of a man unhinged by grief who has never given up the hunt for the serial killer known as Killjoy, who five years previously went on a spree asphyxiating children. Killjoy has sent Eddie Whitt dozens of tauning, insane letters over the years, seemingly obsessed with the man who's obsessed with him. Now, Killjoy returns with an apparent change of heart. Somewhere along the way he's learned to repent for his sins and now kidnaps babies from abusive homes and gives them as 'changeling children' to the families of his original victims. The media coverage is huge, and the traumatized parents accept Killjoy's 'gifts' though they know to do so is a strange form of forgiveness. Only Eddie Whitt, consumed by rage, continues to track Killjoy for the sake of his lost daughter. Whitt, already losing his grip on reality, begins to see himself and his destroyed family in his daughter's dollhouse. There he witnesses the happy life he would have had, and eventually manages to contact his 'other self' and discusses life, family, heartache, and Killjoy. Piccirilli is a master storyteller who's never been in better form. The dark plot is grounded in human emotion with characters so real you feel you could be one of them. There are no brilliant detectives here, no hardboiled supermen. Only the wounded who struggle to continue on in the name of love and hope. Piccirilli makes us feel every twist and turn of Whitt's journey. But don't be mistaken--this is not a bleak novel. In fact, it's a very humorous one in spots. Bizarre events, eccentric characters, and Killjoy's haunting but often hilarious letters keep the mood from ever becoming too somber despite the subject matter. And Piccirilli's skill at realistic action keeps the pages flying by. Pick it up now.

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