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A Question of Will
     

A Question of Will

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by Craig Spector
 
Paul Kelly is a good man: a firefighter and paramedic facing death and danger daily, risking his own safety for the sake of strangers. Paul has seen tragedy a thousand times, but it has never been his own. Until now...

A shocking crime. A loved one, brutally murdered. Paul's life is suddenly invaded by police, reporters, the harsh glare of spotlights on

Overview

Paul Kelly is a good man: a firefighter and paramedic facing death and danger daily, risking his own safety for the sake of strangers. Paul has seen tragedy a thousand times, but it has never been his own. Until now...

A shocking crime. A loved one, brutally murdered. Paul's life is suddenly invaded by police, reporters, the harsh glare of spotlights on a family's private sorrow. The killer shows no sorrow, no remorse – a teen sociopath whose dead eyes stare in sullen silence. Paul does not want blood or vengeance. He wants to know why.

Paul Kelly was a good man. But his obsession is drawing him into the darkest depths of the human soul. Where a terrible truth lurks in the shadows of lies. And a price must be paid to answer...

Editorial Reviews

Peter Straub
"In A QUESTION OF WILL, Craig Spector has achieved a mature, hard-won narrative authority that will be deeply gratifying to all, as well as to the many thousands of readers who have enjoyed his earlier work. The novel moves its protagonist from believable heroism into an equally convincing moral darkness terrible to behold, and it carries us with it every step along the way. This is what horror wants to be when it grows up, a vision of tragic inevitability rooted in character, ruthless and inexo
Publisher's Weekly
"Spector (THE LIGHT AT THE END) is a strong writer who convincingly re-creates the dark, often gruesome world of paramedics and firefighters. Most impressive is his exploration into Paul's character and how ordinary people cope with extraordinary grief and horror. Not for the faint of heart, Spector's latest is for lovers of the best psychological thrillers, along the lines of Ruth Rendell's."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011926129
Publisher:
Crossroad Press
Publication date:
11/23/2010
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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A Question of Will 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Dave_Dillett More than 1 year ago
How would you like to participate in an interactive experiment? I'm about to write a review without having read the book. Allow me to explain. I've always been a fan of the collaborative works of Skipp & Spector. Most of the people who read this review will undoubtedly have at least a passing familiarity with their books. They're outstanding. Made-to-order for my personal taste, along with throngs of horror fans worldwide, but then one day-there were no more. Those within the age requirement will remember where they were when they heard the news about JFK. Some will remember hearing the news of The Beatles' split. I was in the library when I received news that there would be no more new Skipp & Spector. In the case of The Beatles, it wasn't until much later that I'd discovered they'd returned sometime after the break-up with what would prove to be thriving solo careers. I had just tuned out. It turns out that I made that same mistake with Skipp & Spector. "A Question of Will", by Craig Spector (originally published as "To Bury the Dead"), is now in a 10th anniversary release in e-book format! When did I find out? About two weeks ago. Craig Spector has been a busy man and it's high time I get caught up on the stuff I've been missing. At the same time, I'd like you to join me. My copy of "A Question of Will" is now only a fast button-click away, thanks to the miracle of digital technology. And I can't wait. From what I understand, this is a major departure from the supernatural, extreme horrors of the classic, earlier novels. This is a trip into a more grounded, psychological world of fear. Real things that happen to real people and how we deal with the challenges that fate confronts us with, even if one of those challenges turns out to be a murder. And that, from what I've heard, is exactly where the firefighter [the author's research included excersizes with firefighters that included live burn training] in this novel finds himself. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens when Spector takes his midi-gunner writing talent and opts for the Barrett .50 instead. I'm ready for that nice, clean literary bullet to the brain. I like a good soak in the red stuff as much as anyone, but I've also matured. I know there are things in this world that hurt. Things that destroy lives, all around us, every day. That's where real fear dwells. If an author of Craig Spector's caliber says it's time to go there, who am I to argue? Join me now, on this voyage of rediscovery. Get your copy of "A Question of Will". Then, check it out and c'mon back to share your thoughts. (Update) I've just finished my reading of "A Question of Will". I'm back at the station house, with the turnouts stowed away and the memory of the blaze just visited will linger for a very long time. This book is a fire you won't be able to walk away from and forget. It burns hot and the heat cuts deep, searing into the mind and leaving a scar. Here, Spector brings a writer's torch to bear that burns more brightly than ever, only having grown stronger with the fuel of time. Questions must be answered, both inside the book and within ourselves upon the book's completion. In the book, the answer hits like a blindside suckerpunch. I never saw it coming. Afterward, try NOT to ask yourself: "What would I do?" Try. An honest answer, like the book, will haunt you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and i thought it was well written with sudpense, action and drama. How far will u go if u find out your child was killed? It was a fast read. This is my first time i have read any books by craig spector. I plan to read more bu him. Good job