The Fever Kill

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Crease is going back to his quaint, quiet hometown of Hangtree. It's where his father, the sheriff, met ruin in the face of a scandal involving the death of a kidnapped little girl and her missing ransom. It's where Crease was beaten, jailed, and kicked clear of the town line ten years earlier. The town still has a taste for his blood and secrets it wants to keep. Crease has a single hope; a raw and raging fever driving him toward the truth that might just burn him up along the ...
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Overview

Crease is going back to his quaint, quiet hometown of Hangtree. It's where his father, the sheriff, met ruin in the face of a scandal involving the death of a kidnapped little girl and her missing ransom. It's where Crease was beaten, jailed, and kicked clear of the town line ten years earlier. The town still has a taste for his blood and secrets it wants to keep. Crease has a single hope; a raw and raging fever driving him toward the truth that might just burn him up along the way.
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At the start of this introspective, low-key thriller from Stoker-winner Piccirilli (The Midnight Road), the enigmatic Crease tools his 'Stang back to his childhood home of Hangtree, Vt., where "the adolescent pain clung to your back like a clawed animal." Now 27 and an undercover narc in New York City, Crease remains haunted by the shooting of a kidnapped girl by his lawman father, an event that scarred their lives. Piccirilli marches Crease through the obligatory encounters with childhood sweethearts, bullies and other figures from the past, and throws on some extra voltage by having his hero trailed home by a knife-wielding drug dealer. Occasional bursts of hotter prose ("Lightning blitzkrieged him with every beat of his pulse") liven up the very familiar plot, but the idea that Vermont "was a spooky place compared to New York" never quite convinces. An introduction by Ken Bruen may draw some attention to this quiet brush with neo-noir, the first full-length novel from a small press that previously specialized in novelettes. (Dec.)

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School Library Journal

At the start of this introspective, low-key thriller from Stoker-winner Piccirilli (The Midnight Road), the enigmatic Crease tools his 'Stang back to his childhood home of Hangtree, Vt., where "the adolescent pain clung to your back like a clawed animal." Now 27 and an undercover narc in New York City, Crease remains haunted by the shooting of a kidnapped girl by his lawman father, an event that scarred their lives. Piccirilli marches Crease through the obligatory encounters with childhood sweethearts, bullies and other figures from the past, and throws on some extra voltage by having his hero trailed home by a knife-wielding drug dealer. Occasional bursts of hotter prose ("Lightning blitzkrieged him with every beat of his pulse") liven up the very familiar plot, but the idea that Vermont "was a spooky place compared to New York" never quite convinces. An introduction by Ken Bruen may draw some attention to this quiet brush with neo-noir, the first full-length novel from a small press that previously specialized in novelettes. (Dec.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Celebrated horror novelist Piccirilli (A Choir of Ill Children, 2003, etc.) turns his baleful eye to more traditional corruption in a rural noir mingling homegrown revenge schemes with mob warfare. An undercover narc named Crease is dragging a trainload of baggage, psychic and corporeal, as he heads home to Hangtree, Vt. He's haunted by Mary Burke, a little girl long thought to have been killed by Crease's drunken father during a botched kidnapping, and burdened with an icy wife, a surly son and half a dozen adopted children foisted on him by his wife's family. In his years away from home, he's gone native under the thumb of a sadistic capo named Tucco, making him an even more dangerous opponent. The chink in his armor is that he's already been outed as a good guy. Piccirilli walks a nice tightrope between portraying the iconographic characteristics of his hardboiled hero and unraveling the broken machinery of a fatalistic guy thrown one curveball too many. Crease is determined to quash his father's deathbed confession, even if it means going up against a bullying town sheriff, a devious high-school sweetheart turned gun moll and his knife-wielding master, maybe all at once. The gritty narration, graphic violence and pulp gravitas should make fans of Jim Thompson and Charlie Huston feel right at home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985578657
  • Publisher: New Pulp Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2013
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 823,792
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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