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Skull Session
     

Skull Session

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by Daniel Hecht
 

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Back in print and accompanied by its prequel Puppets, the bestselling Skull Session is a classic tale of suspense. Despite his brilliance, Paul Skoglund hasn't held a steady job for years, partly because of his Tourette's syndrome. When his eccentric, wealthy aunt asks him to take on the repairs of her magnificent hunting lodge, he is in no position to

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Back in print and accompanied by its prequel Puppets, the bestselling Skull Session is a classic tale of suspense. Despite his brilliance, Paul Skoglund hasn't held a steady job for years, partly because of his Tourette's syndrome. When his eccentric, wealthy aunt asks him to take on the repairs of her magnificent hunting lodge, he is in no position to refuse. But then he finds that the rambling old house has been savagely vandalized: he discovers a scene of almost superhuman destruction, a violence mirrored by a series of disappearances and grisly deaths haunting the region. Paul delves into the wreckage, wondering what dark passion-and what strength-could cause such chaos. As state police investigator Mo Ford pursues the mystery through official channels, escalating events force Paul deeper into his family's past and into the darker aspects of his own nature.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
With his astoundingly clever debut, Skull Session, Daniel Hecht offers an intelligent novel that is an investigation into the human brain and its dark capacities. Containing elements of romance and mystery, this psychological thriller sweeps readers into a realm of dark logic and holds them in its grip until the very end. Masterful detail, attained through extraordinarily in-depth research, creates an eerie realness in the villain and prompts comparisons of Skull Session with such novels as Gorky Park and The Silence of the Lambs.

Skull Session centers around an abandoned hunting lodge deep in the wooded reaches of the Hudson River valley. Outside all appears tranquil, but inside lies a murderous force, a superhuman violence reflected by the disappearances and deaths that have haunted the area.

Paul Skoglund is hired by his aunt to restore order to the magnificent house. He suffers from Tourette's syndrome, which, despite his brilliant mind, keeps him underemployed and frustrated. In addition to the social hardships he faces because of his handicaps, his ex-wife is using his condition against him to obtain sole custody of their son, Mark.

Paul hasn't seen his wealthy aunt in years, but her 19th-century hunting lodge has been ravaged, and she refuses to allow anyone outside the family to take on the repairs. As Paul and his girlfriend, Lia, start the reconstruction, they can't help but wonder what caused such chaos. Their search for answers takes them to the cutting edge of biomedical research, from the science of genetics toVikinglegends. As they delve deeper into his family's past, Paul must face the darker side of his own nature as he braves the possibility that he may destroy himself in order to save those he loves.

New York Daily News
Emotional. . . .Enticing. . . .A thriller of the mind . . . .Hecht transcends cliche and raises valid and timely questions.
People
Stunning. . . .This stylist thriller reminds us why we're so afraid of the dark — especially the kind that lurks within.
NY Times Book Review
In his accomplished first novel, Daniel Hecht has written a true 'neurological thriller'. . . .A narrative that's populated by believable characters and infused wtih healthy doses of medical science and psychology. Skull Session is a story that keeps the reader guessing till the very end.
Jonathan Kellerman
"Vividly atmospheric, rich with twists and turns."
New York Times Book Review
"Skull Session is a story that keeps the reader guessing till the very end... A narrative that's populated by believable characters and infused with healthy doses of medical science and psychology."
People Magazine
"Stunning...This stylish thriller reminds us why we're so afraid of the dark-especially the kind that lurks within."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596918023
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/11/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
1,231,464
File size:
1 MB

What People are Saying About This

Jonathan Kellerman
Skull Session> is vividly atmospheric, rich with twists and turns. Danoel Hecht has created something quite original: the neuropathological Gothic. -- Author of Survival of the Fittest
Peter Blauner
Skull Session leaves the realm of ordinary paint-by-numbers thrillers and lights out for a territory all its own. -- Author of The Intruder

Meet the Author

Daniel Hecht is the author of the bestselling Skull Session and Puppets; The Babel Effect; and two novels in the Cree Black series, City of Masks and Land of Echoes. He lives in Vermont.

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Skull Session 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Cherbearshares More than 1 year ago
I was surprised by who the culprit was to the very end. A bit fanciful. Read quickly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have to say when i first started reading this book i almost didnt finish causee in the beginning it was a little boring but i thought i would give it a try and im glad i did now i cant put it down
Guest More than 1 year ago
stumbled across this book via (of all things) the people magazine book of the month or something like that. great writer. you'll have to get past some early (and important) character development with info on torrette's..but...after that? hang on for a non stop thrill ride. intelligent writing, too. i spoke out loud while reading it a couple of times, in exasperation!!!! highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gifted author, and great story. Not your average science-fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I finished it in 2 days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent character development! Fascinating look at people's behaviors, and educational about neurological disorders! Complete surprise ending!! Disturbing, but only because people can be this way!! Read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Found this writing, Skull Session,while browsing the local B&N. A fortunate happenstance as I've been rewarded with one of the best thrillers I've ever read. The loss of sleep was a small price for this reading experience. A gifted author with hopefully, many more books to come.
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