The Touch

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When Karen Stark becomes pregnant, she and Barney are overjoyed. They’ve wanted a baby for so long. After an industrial accident, Barney unknowingly spreads radioactive dust into his neighborhood, into his home, and onto his wife’s body. As frightened friends and neighbors become enemies, the dream of becoming parents turns into a nightmare. . .
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Overview

When Karen Stark becomes pregnant, she and Barney are overjoyed. They’ve wanted a baby for so long. After an industrial accident, Barney unknowingly spreads radioactive dust into his neighborhood, into his home, and onto his wife’s body. As frightened friends and neighbors become enemies, the dream of becoming parents turns into a nightmare. . .
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Editorial Reviews

American Statesman
A novel whose theme is courage, this tells of Barney’s and Karen’s problems after they find out that Barney has brought home radioactive dust on his shoes.—
Herald Advertiser
. . .what possibly could turn into a sort of science fiction thriller actually becomes a very human book with the spilling of emotions becoming more important than the radioactive accident.—
Indianapolis Star
Keyes’ story is an engaging one which builds to its exciting climax from the very beginning, unlike many novels who don’t gain momentum until the end. We think he has done an excellent job.—
Kirkus
A chilling Touch. One that you’ll remember.—
Manchester Evening News (UK)
Terrifying in its potential reality.—
Publishers Weekly
It’s an all too believable could-happen insofar as the background details are concerned, but one wishes the obviously gifted author hadn’t saved his one unerring jab to the heart for the very end of the novel.—
Washington Star
Gripping, well-plotted book. . . radiation contamination has provided Keyes with a macabre and unusually provocative idea for a novel and he exploits it with narrative skill.—
Library Journal
"This novel is another worthy attempt to probe the effect of suffering on the human condition," praised our reviewer (LJ 9/15/68). The plot presents the already troubled lives of Barney and Karen Stark, which get far worse when Barney is contaminated with radioactive dust during an industrial accident. He unknowingly spreads the particles to his neighbors and family, including his pregnant wife. This edition has been revised to include factual information about true incidents in which radiation was unleashed on the public. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929519026
  • Publisher: Challenge Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,140,815
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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