Black Mad Wheel

Black Mad Wheel

by Josh Malerman


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 From the author of the hit literary horror debut Bird Box (“Hitchcockian.” —USA Today) comes a chilling novel about a group of musicians conscripted by the US government to track down the source of a strange and debilitating sound

The Danes—the band known as the “Darlings of Detroit”—are washed up and desperate for inspiration, eager to once again have a number one hit. That is, until an agent from the US Army approaches them. Will they travel to an African desert and track down the source of a mysterious and malevolent sound? Under the guidance of their front man, Philip Tonka, the Danes embark on a harrowing journey through the scorching desert—a trip that takes Tonka into the heart of an ominous and twisted conspiracy.

Meanwhile, in a nondescript Midwestern hospital, a nurse named Ellen tends to a patient recovering from a near-fatal accident. The circumstances that led to his injuries are mysterious—and his body heals at a remarkable rate. Ellen will do the impossible for this enigmatic patient, who reveals more about his accident with each passing day.

Part Heart of Darkness, part Lost, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking new novel plunges us into the depths of psychological horror, where you can’t always believe everything you hear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062259684
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Josh Malerman is the acclaimed author of Bird Box, as well as the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band The High Strung. He lives in Michigan.

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Black Mad Wheel: A Novel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure how good this would be because the bird box was so amazing, but malerman knocked it out of the park...again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Birdbox, but this more allegorical novel about war and its effects does not have the same emotional impacr. If you liked the last season of Lost, you'll love this.
357800 11 months ago
3.5 Stars. "The question is not what you found.....but what found you?" The mission: Locate source of evil, debilitating sound. The payment: $100k each The question: Do you believe in ghosts? The bottom line: Survival Former soldier Private Phillip Tonka wakes up in a military hospital after six months comatose, a broken painful mess of bones trying to piece together what happened to him and his struggling Detroit band/x-soldier buddies after a dangerous and mysterious mission to Africa. He knows not who to trust as his memory and movements slowly and spasmodically return. The tortuous doctor is mad, but one nurse, Ellen relieves his pain and tugs at his heart thru music. BLACK MAD WHEEL is a super strange psychological work of fiction that Josh Malerman does so well. The novel had me totally engaged turning the pages to discover the truth, but a bit disappointed in the rushed resolution that left me with unanswered questions. Still, sign me up for anything this man writes. (Brought back memories of some great oldies too....Little Bitty Pretty One and Young Love)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastically original plot which ultimately disintegrated into mind numbing nonsense.