The Thirteenth Child [NOOK Book]

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Little Megan Guthrie has gone missing from Wessex Township, a small, peaceful New Jersey town—vanished from her schoolyard, practically from within view of her family home. And no amount of police effort has resulted in her return. Nick Catesby, Chief of Police, has no suspects, no evidence, and no time before a pair of teenagers turns up missing. When disgraced professor and town drunk Preston Howard comes forward claiming he knows the truth about who or what has been taking the children, he becomes their prime ...
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The Thirteenth Child

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Overview

Little Megan Guthrie has gone missing from Wessex Township, a small, peaceful New Jersey town—vanished from her schoolyard, practically from within view of her family home. And no amount of police effort has resulted in her return. Nick Catesby, Chief of Police, has no suspects, no evidence, and no time before a pair of teenagers turns up missing. When disgraced professor and town drunk Preston Howard comes forward claiming he knows the truth about who or what has been taking the children, he becomes their prime suspect. Yet Preston insists that he is not the culprit but a witness to a strange and terrifying boy who appears only between dusk and dawn—a creature that lures children from their homes for his own dark purposes. Chief Catesby discards the story as the ranting of an alcoholic, until his suspect’s lovely daughter helps him discover a trail that leads back through three centuries of disappearances and murder.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015558074
  • Publisher: Genius Book Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 759,241
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

David Dean’s short stories have appeared regularly in ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERY MAGAZINE, as well as a number of anthologies, since 1990. His stories have been nominated for the Shamus, Barry, and Derringer Awards and “Ibrahim’s Eyes” won the EQMM Readers Award for 2007. His story, “Tomorrow’s Dead”, was a finalist for the Edgar for best short story of 2011. He is a retired Chief of Police in New Jersey and once served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division.
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  • Posted October 15, 2012

    Loved it!

    As author of the Callie Parrish Mysteries, I write books about murder, but I LOVE reading horror as well, and THE THIRTEENTH CHILD is my kind of read! THE THIRTEENTH CHILD is a terrifying journey that will make the reader crazy with intrigue that turns to fear and then crashes into sheer horror. It’s not the usual roller coaster ride mentioned in many reviews. Instead, it’s a straight uphill trip in a police cruiser. David Dean doesn’t bog the reader down with info dumps of excessive backstory, and the characters come alive through their actions, thoughts, and feelings. Preston Howard, former college professor, current town drunk, befriends a feral boy named Gabriel who’s about fourteen years old. Gabriel may or may not be the seven-year-old boy who disappeared seven years ago, but one thing is sure—he’s dangerous as well as spooky. Preston becomes a person of interest and then a suspect in the recent abduction of a seven-year-old girl and two teenaged boys. Fanny, Preston’s daughter, fears for her father’s safety and for the future of her blossoming romance with Police Chief Nick Catesby who’s dealing with deceit and betrayal by a rogue cop who might cost Nick his job, the most important cases of his career, and his relationship with Fanny. The title, THE THIRTEENTH CHILD, doesn’t refer to the number of children who disappeared, were kidnapped, or murdered, but I won’t clue you in on its meaning. Read the book and find out. You’ll be glad you did.

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  • Posted December 31, 2013

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    Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite The Thirt

    Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

    The Thirteenth Child by David Dean is a gripping horror story that will leave you alternately with a bad taste in your mouth or wanting more. It’s the story of children who go missing on dark nights and an alcoholic ex-professor who witnesses the snatchings and becomes a prime suspect. It becomes a race against time for him to prove his innocence and stop the snatchings or serve time for a crime he didn’t commit. When he comes face to face with the perpetrator, he gets a little more than he bargained for as he discovers that something isn’t quite right.  Things become even more difficult as the chief of police becomes involved with the professor's daughter and she finds herself dragged in with terrifying consequences.

    The Thirteenth Child has to be one of the best-written horror books in a long time. It is one of those books that I just couldn’t put down; it gripped me from the very first page and took me on its roller-coaster journey, not stopping until the final terrible scene was played out. It is a fast-paced book, but not so fast that you cannot keep up with what’s going on. It is also very well written, getting straight to the point with none of the extraneous waffle you see in so many books these days. David Dean has given us a book that is sharp, edgy, and thrilling; an award-winning book if ever I have read one.

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