Blue Crystal

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From Philip Lee Williams, the author of six critically acclaimed novels, comes a riveting psychological thriller set deep in the secret heart of Kentucky cave country. Blue Crystal exposes the evil and chaos lurking just beneath the surface of a picture-perfect rural town. In a world ripped apart by sudden and random violence, a man will struggle to survive, to find rebirth and redemption in the rising waters of an underground hell. Meet Sam Preston, the owner of Blue Crystal Cave, a man held hostage by its ...
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Overview

From Philip Lee Williams, the author of six critically acclaimed novels, comes a riveting psychological thriller set deep in the secret heart of Kentucky cave country. Blue Crystal exposes the evil and chaos lurking just beneath the surface of a picture-perfect rural town. In a world ripped apart by sudden and random violence, a man will struggle to survive, to find rebirth and redemption in the rising waters of an underground hell. Meet Sam Preston, the owner of Blue Crystal Cave, a man held hostage by its tragic history. Local legend whispers of a priceless hoard, hidden, buried, beckoning. But Sam lives with the grisly truth that years ago seventeen children were buried alive when the walls of the cave collapsed. Haunted by memories of the accident and his father's subsequent suicide, Sam tries to escape the past by going underground, into the winding channels of Blue Crystal Cave. Yet his obsessions are consuming him and endangering his growing relationship with Mary Beth. Enter Bobby Drake, an ex-convict, and his band of misfits, Clay, Misty, Hermie, and Christiann. Irresistibly drawn to the cave by rumors of riches, they trap Sam and Mary Beth during a raging storm that threatens to flood the town. With water rushing in and time running out, Sam and Mary Beth find themselves lost in the utter darkness, being relentlessly pursued - but is it by their abductors or by shadows of the past? With its driving, urgent prose, cinematic vividness, menacing atmosphere, and lightning speed, Blue Crystal is an action-packed and action-powered novel of suspense. But the cave is also an internal landscape of psychic terror. In succinct, often surprising, and sharply observed portraits, Philip Lee Williams masterfully explores the inner lives of his characters in a death-defying spiritual odyssey.
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In this mechanical novel, Williams ( The Heart of a Distant Forest ) tells the brutal story of a couple held captive by five rednecks. The placid town of Sheppard, Ky., remains troubled by the deaths of 17 children in an accident that occurred in nearby Blue Crystal cave 30 years earlier. Sam Preston, 35, who inherited that cavern after his father's suicide, has become an expert spelunker by searching for the legendary blue crystal (read: red herring). A group of bad guys--two male ex-cons, one lumbering buffoon and two hillbilly women--have heard that Sam is rich. They arrive in a stolen car just as Sam and Mary Beth Price are about to consummate a lengthy courtship. All wind up playing cat-and-mouse in Sam's cave; as the criminals commit violent acts against their victims and each other, a thunderstorm threatens to flood the subterranean chambers. The cast comprises dominant men and docile, dim-witted women--it's no surprise that Mary Beth's shirt is shredded soon after the initial attack, allowing for several gratuitious references to her exposed body. For the rest, readers can expect hackneyed fare and a ``happy'' ending in the standard thriller mold. Literary Guild selection. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802114990
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 277

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