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Bullets of Rain: A Novel of Suspense
     

Bullets of Rain: A Novel of Suspense

by David J. Schow
 

Widowed architect Arthur Latimer has become a recluse in his own home: a storm-proof fortress that doubles as a shrine to his dead wife. But the outside world beckons in the form of a bizarre party downbeach.

Now, just as the biggest hurricane ever to hit the Pacific Northwest rolls in with deadly force, Art is subjected to intrusions from his past and

Overview

Widowed architect Arthur Latimer has become a recluse in his own home: a storm-proof fortress that doubles as a shrine to his dead wife. But the outside world beckons in the form of a bizarre party downbeach.

Now, just as the biggest hurricane ever to hit the Pacific Northwest rolls in with deadly force, Art is subjected to intrusions from his past and invasions from the present. And soon he begins to doubt everything he sees or thinks he already knows. And soon you may too.

Editorial Reviews

Peter Straub
“His boldest, most audacious fiction to date. Here, all of Schow’s glittering weapons are sharper than ever before.”
Joe R. Lansdale
“A thriller, a literary metaphor, and one dark speeding bullet...Edgy, insightful, and fearless...I couldn’t put [it] down.”
Michael Marshall Smith
“A jagged nightmare spiked with charm, melancholy and vicious intelligence.”
John Farris
“A highly original, boldly conceived psychological thriller.”
Publishers Weekly
Storms raging outdoors and in the mind of the protagonist create a maelstrom of menace in this sinuous psychological thriller by Schow (The Kill Riff; The Shaft). A whopper of a hurricane is barreling up the California coast, and renegade architect Art Latimer is planning to ride it out and test the structural integrity of his self-designed dream home. At the same time, he's struggling to batten down powerful feelings about his wife, Lorelle, whose death two years before sent him into an emotional tailspin. As the storm intensifies, a string of peculiar experiences suggest that the foundations of his reality are wobbling. He finds an old bottle washed up on the beach containing a cryptic message that speaks eerily to him. Then he's visited by a long-lost friend who mysteriously disappears without a trace from the premises. Meanwhile, a wild house party is underway down the beach and host Price, a steely manipulator who employs drugs and humiliation to control his guests, schemes to use the storm as cover for playing sinister mind games with Art. Schow works suspenseful sleight-of-hand with his story elements, skillfully underplaying the significance of clues and deftly managing character viewpoints to direct what the reader sees. His kinetic orchestration of events-action sequences, moments of moving intimacy and the richly symbolic tempest outside-and vivid hardboiled prose push the plot to a thunderclap climax that in less assured hands would seem farfetched but here is a measure of coolly calculated audacity. (Oct.) Forecast: Schow's credentials-he founded the cultish horror genre called splatterpunk and is the screenwriter of The Crow-should help get this into the right hands, as should a cover rave from Peter Straub. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060536671
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/04/2003
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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Peter Straub
“His boldest, most audacious fiction to date. Here, all of Schow’s glittering weapons are sharper than ever before.”
John Farris
“A highly original, boldly conceived psychological thriller.”
Michael Marshall Smith
“A jagged nightmare spiked with charm, melancholy and vicious intelligence.”
Joe R. Lansdale
“A thriller, a literary metaphor, and one dark speeding bullet...Edgy, insightful, and fearless...I couldn’t put [it] down.”

Meet the Author

David J. Schow is a multimedia writer whose work includes the script for the darkcult classic, The Crow. His award-winning short stories are featuredin dozens of anthologies and collected in the volumes Seeing Red,Lost Angels, Black Leather Required, Crypt Orchids, Eye, Zombie Jamand the forthcoming Havoc Swims Jaded. He is also the author ofThe Outer Limits Companion (on the classic TV series) and a critically acclaimed book of essays on modern media, Wild Hairs. Helives in Los Angeles, California.

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