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Creepersby David Morrell
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On a cold October night, five people gather in a run-down motel on the Jersey shore and begin preparations to break into the Paragon Hotel. Built in the glory days of Asbury Park by a reclusive millionaire, the magnificent structure — which foreshadowed the beauties of art deco architecture — is now boarded up and marked for demolition.
The five people are "creepers," the slang term for urban explorers: city archeologists with a passion for investigating abandoned buildings and their dying secrets. On this evening, they are joined by a reporter who wants to profile them — anonymously, as this is highly illegal activity — for a New York Times article.
Frank Balenger, a sandy-haired, broad-shouldered reporter with a decided air of mystery about him, isn't looking for just a story, however. And after the group enters the rat-infested tunnel leading to the hotel, it becomes clear that he will get much more than he bargained for. Danger, terror, and death await the creepers in a place ravaged by time and redolent of evil.
"Morrell takes a creative kind of breaking-and-entering as the premise for his latest thriller (after Nightscape), a gripping story that demands to be read in a single sitting. Disguising himself as a journalist, Frank Balenger, ex-U.S. Army Ranger and Iraqi war veteran, joins a group of 'Creepers,' also known as infiltrators, urban explorers or city speleologists — men and women who outfit themselves with caving gear to break into and explore buildings that have long been closed up and abandoned. Though what they're doing is technically illegal, participants pride themselves on never stealing or destroying anything they find at these sites. They take only photographs and aim to leave no footprints. Balenger joins a group of four: the leader, Professor Robert Conklin, high school teacher Vincent Vanelli and graduate students Rick and Cora Magill. This gang infiltrates the Paragon Hotel, an abandoned, seven-story, pyramidal Asbury Park, N.J., structure built in 1901 by eccentric, hemophiliac Morgan Carlisle. Balenger and the professor have a special agenda, but the others are there simply for the thrills. Things quickly begin to unravel in life-threatening ways once the intrepid infiltrators penetrate the building — they aren't the only ones creeping around the spooky hotel. Morrell delivers first-rate, suspenseful storytelling once again. Agent, Jane Dystel. (Sept.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[T]he potentially disparate elements all cohere in the end, thanks to Morrell's narrative drive, stripped-down prose, thematic vitality and skill at characterization....Creepers provides the essence of all thrillers: an intense emotional effect that will leave readers drained." The Washington Post
"[A] violent, claustrophobic nightmare....An unabashedly entertaining thriller that has blockbuster movie written all over it." Booklist
"Despite Morrell's reputation for fast-paced action and the distinctive setting he has created here, the book's momentum slows from the implausibility of the situations invented solely for the sake of plot enhancement." Library Journal
"If Creepers isn't nominated for a ton of awards, if it isn't optioned for a film, and if it isn't a book that people will be talking about 10 years from now, then there is something seriously broken in this world. Highest possible recommendation." BookReporter.com
On a cold October night, five people gather in a run-down motel on the Jersey shore and prepare to break into the once-magnificent Paragon Hotel. Danger, fear, and death await them in a place ravaged by time and redolent of evil in the latest from New York Times bestselling author, David Morrell. Visit www.theparagonhotel.com.
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