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Hercel had seen coyotes before, and a week earlier he had seen two in the tall grass down by the beach. And he knew they took people’s pets; kids talked about it in school. They got in people’s trash and skulked around at night. But he had never heard of them chasing anybody. The coyotes’ yapping was almost like singing.
Moments later, Hercel saw a light ahead of him through the trees. The coyotes were right behind him. In the bits of silence within their yapping, he heard the click of their nails against the road’s hard surface. Hercel stood up and pedaled harder, slipped off the road but kept his balance. The muscles in his thighs ached, and his fingers hurt from clutching the grips. The light was brighter. Ahead, to the left, he saw a stone wall and then a gate. It had to be the farm. He heard the coyotes panting.  Trying to quiet his terror, he aimed at the wall.

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Dobyns, Stephen
Blue Rider Press
Popular Fiction-Suspense
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9 x 6 in 1 lb
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Product details 480 pages Blue Rider Press - English 9780399160875 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The latest from the prolific Dobyns (after Eating Naked) is by turns an affectionate portrait of smalltown life, a terrifying supernatural thriller, and a sly horror comedy. Brewster, R.I., is a sleepy burg populated with a cast of lovable eccentrics. But something is wrong in this prototypical New England town. First, a baby is stolen from a local hospital and a huge striped snake put in the bassinet in its place. Then a body is found scalped in the woods. Meanwhile, packs of murderous coyotes make increasingly daring attacks on the townspeople. Most disturbing of all, locals begin coming forward with stories of strange rituals in the woods. For detective Woody Potter and acting police chief Fred Bonaldo, it's obvious something evil is afoot, perhaps to do with the town's new yoga center, or maybe linked to suspicious goings-on at the nearby funeral home. As the authorities descend from multiple jurisdictions creating chaos, it takes the help of young Hercel McGarity Jr., a 10-year-old who may possess the town's only benign magical powers, to give the people of Brewster a chance to defend themselves against something far darker than anyone imagined. Despite the novel's complexity, Dobyns gives his many characters space to come alive and allows each of the spooky subplots time to build maximum suspense. Scenes of young Hercel being menaced by a madman start out merely disturbing, but turn into some of the scariest in recent literature. Dobyn's tone, shifting from amused to sinister and back again, elevates the material by buttressing the horror with pitch black humor. A tour de force genre buster that could be a breakout. Agent: Phyllis Westberg, Harold Ober Associates." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "[Dobyns] possesses a sensibility that is worth capturing in the amber of fiction, thoughtful but not devoid of sentiment, intelligent but not sterile."
"Review" by , "Using plain but always precise language, [Dobyns] plumbs the reservoirs of emotion lurking beneath the events of everyday life."
"Review" by , "His writing is honest, toughminded, and as uncompromising as his unforgettable hero. There's not a false sentence anywhere, not a moment where interest flags."
"Review" by , "Stephen Dobyns's mystery novels have two major assets that accumulate high rates of interest from book to book: his setting, Saratoga Springs, and his private detective, Charlie Bradshaw....Unlike most fictional detectives, who give the same flawless performance over and over again in a world outside time, Charlie is allowed by his creator to suffer changes and even to age. He is mortal, like us, and his struggles and successes matter."
"Review" by , "An utterly believable tale, and Dobyns isn't above scaring the reader silly with surprise twists and turns....Nicely done — and you may never look at doctors the same way again."
"Review" by , "Veteran novelist Stephen Dobyns reveals how easily people can get worked up into hysterics about evil they can only imagine, even as they miss the evil right in front of their eyes. Buy it."
"Synopsis" by , From award-winning author Stephen Dobyns comes a sardonic yet chilling literary novel of suspense about a small New England town beset by all manner of inexplicable — and perhaps supernatural — criminal acts.
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