Sheriff David Peck, a former Baltimore homicide detective, faces the biggest challenge of his career when a devastating ice storm paralyzes Dunston Falls, Maine, in Lamanda's suspenseful debut. Peck's efforts to help the isolated town's citizens survive with limited power and supplies get derailed with the discovery of the body of 47-year-old Doris White, who's been stabbed and strangled in her mobile home. Blinding headaches accompanied by haunting images of a fatal fire hamper Peck as he investigates the crime, which proves to be the first in a series of murders. While a closing kicker sheds an unexpected light on the killings, the author's skill at creating tension in his claustrophobic setting suggests the story would have satisfied without this final twist. Echoes of M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Senseand Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island add to the menacing mood. (Mar.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Dunston Fallsby Al Lamanda
Isolated during a severe winter storm in 1959, the small community of Dunston Falls in northern Maine is completely cut off from the rest of the state. When town residents begin to experience strange occurrences such as unexplained migraines and hallucinations, the stage is set for a brutal killer to begin his handiwork. When Sheriff David Peck investigates the murders of two women, he slowly unravels the secrets behind Dunston Falls. As Peck closes in on the truth that lies in the heart of the town, he finds himself thrown into a dangerous web of deception. In a dramatic twist of circumstance, Peck finds that he is now the hunted and must do whatever he can to stay alive and expose the shocking truth behind the small town.
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Al Lamanda is the author of the mystery novels Dunston Falls, Walking Homeless, Running Homeless, Edgar Award nominated Sunset, and Sunrise.
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In 1959 the ice storm of the century cripples New England and isolates communities like Dunston Falls, Maine. Electricity is limited, and food supplies and heating are dwindling. Fifty-three years old Sheriff David Peck understands the crisis and with his deputy Jay Bender and the mayor Ed Kranston begins to bring people to the only safe spots left: the church and hospital. Diner owner Deb Robertson provides food. Peck and Bender search for stranded residents. When they reach Doris White¿s home, they find her dead she was raped, knifed, and strangled. Peck quietly investigates the homicide, but heeding the advice of top officials to avoid a panic tells no one. However, he begins suffering severe headaches for no apparent reason and keeps envisioning a fatal fire that looks so vivid, but has no recall of such. The murder of Deb follows since he just made love to her and was very attracted to her, a shook up Peck vows to find the killer. --- This exhilarating police procedural thriller takes a wild twist into science fiction territory that works very well although surviving the storm and a serial killer is an exciting story line in of itself. Readers will receive two shocks first the spin from mystery-suspense to sci fi, which explains the headaches and then the identity of the killer and why. Even as fans will enjoy this entertaining tale, the audience will also wonder if the spin was needed as the survival saga was a powerful hook. --- Harriet Klausner