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Mannheim Rex
     

Mannheim Rex

by Robert Pobi, Peter Berkrot (Read by)
 

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Recently widowered and grieving, Gavin flees New York City for the quiet of the country. His new home on Lake Caldasac has surprisingly few visitors, and the author soon learns why: a suspiciously high number of people have gone missing in the small town. The deaths have all been ruled accidents, but Finn Horn, a handicapped boy obsessed with fishing, knows the

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Recently widowered and grieving, Gavin flees New York City for the quiet of the country. His new home on Lake Caldasac has surprisingly few visitors, and the author soon learns why: a suspiciously high number of people have gone missing in the small town. The deaths have all been ruled accidents, but Finn Horn, a handicapped boy obsessed with fishing, knows the truth. There’s a monster in the lake. And it wants to feed.

Thirteen-year-old Finn, who is dying of cancer, has only one last wish: to go down in the record books for catching a real-life monster. Battling demons of his own, Gavin joins Finn on his perilous quest to slay the nightmarish leviathan.

An homage to the blockbuster Jaws and the classic American novel Moby-Dick, Mannheim Rex is a deep dark thriller that switches seamlessly between heartwarming friendship and heart-stopping action.

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Publishers Weekly
Pobi invokes American classics Jaws and Moby-Dick in this cinematic, old-school suspense tale worthy of King and Koontz. Tension builds slowly, as renowned horror novelist Gavin Corlie flees New York City after a drunk driver kills his wife, settling into a long-abandoned lake house on the edge of New Mannheim, an upstate New York town that time forgot. Corlie soon befriends Finn Horn, a 13-year-old handicapped boy dying from cancer who spends his days fishing on Lake Caldasac, site of several bizarre missing-person reports that the majority of local residents either are not aware of or choose to ignore. But Finn thinks he's solved the mystery when he experiences a close encounter with a sea monster in the lake and enlists Corlie to help him capture and kill it. "efore I die, I'm going to do something important. Something big. BIG!" he proclaims. Some of the gruesomeness from Pobi's 2012 psychological thriller Bloodman seeps in, particularly the death-in-the-water scenes. A few gratuitous scenes only serve to lengthen the book or overplay the nastiness of characters like Xavier Pope—the county's scumbag sheriff who literally gets away with murder. However, Pobi's full-bodied characters, keen sense of place, and ear for realistic dialogue make for an engaging read. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455842131
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
11/20/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Pobi is a former antiques dealer and an avid fisherman. Originally from Montreal, he now splits his time between a cabin in the mountains and the Florida Keys. Author of the international bestselling psychological thriller Bloodman, Pobi writes every day at a desk that once belonged to the enigmatic Italian banker Roberto Calvi.

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