Running from a night of humiliation and murder, Johnny Burris leaves the city and his junkyard home, fleeing into the Ozarks countryside. While on the road, mysterious streaks of blue light in the night sky drive him into a forgotten bit of nowhere lost in the hills. Johnny thinks he's found home and good work in an odd little gas station from another time.
Johnny quickly gets pulled into a world where the cars aren't the only things all chromed out and everything seems touched with the energy of the flying blue streaks that led Johnny there.
Enticed and torn between two sisters, one an outcast for her normality, the other a beautiful monster, Johnny becomes the pawn of their father. The old man is both the town's mechanic and its Doctor. He's looking for a replacement and Johnny Burris is the man with just the right skills.
When Johnny learns the truth behind the doctor's plans, he runs, taking one of the "normal" sisters with him. But the town, and the girl, turn out to be even more than he imagined. And his w hole world comes down to just one choice, live as a monster, making monsters or die like a man. If he chooses to die, who will he take with him?
PRAISE FOR DUNN'S THE RED HIGHWAY
"The Red Highway is not one of the best books that I've read so far this year, or that I've read in a long time...it's one of the best books that I've ever read! It was an incredible read, one that has so many layers that I was completely enthralled with the story."
- 2 Book Lovers Reviews
"A thoroughly gripping read. Dunn is a writer with guts and the chops to grab his readers by the eyeballs and dare them to look away."
- Hunter Shea, Author of Tortures of the Damned and The Montauk Monster
"With beautiful descriptive imagery, frequent bursts of sarcastic humor, and a healthy dose of dread, Dunn moves his tale forward with well paced cadence. He takes his time building things up, developing a strong sense of place, a meaningful conflict, and outstanding characters. In the final, fiery confrontation I found myself on the edge of my seat, clinching my teeth and rooting for the full-bodied, convincing, and likable cast of characters."
- Shane Keene, ShotgunLogic Blog
"The Red Highway is a powerful and chilling read. If you're looking for an original and intriguing thriller, give this one a look for sure."
- Matthew Scott Baker, Shattered Ravings Blog
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About the Author
An award winning film/video producer and writer, he has written scripts for or directed every kind of production from local 30-second television commercial spots to documentary productions and travelogues.
A writer of blognovels and contributor to various fiction websites his work has also included the book length prose poem, "Uncle Sam," the collection of short stories, Motorman and Other Stories and novel, Behind the Darkness.
Mr. Dunn now resides in Kansas City where he continues to write genre fiction and experiment with mixed media art projects using hand drawn and painted elements combined through digital paint and compositing.