Synopses & Reviews
"December's thorn, cruelest in the wood, Will give no rose, but still draw blood"
Fever Devilin is an academic with a complicated past and an unusual view of the world. A folklorist by training, he's returned to his family home in Blue Mountain, a small town in the heart of Georgia's Appalachian Mountains, where nothing is ever quite what it seems, and the past is always complicated. Still recovering from a near-death experience, Fever is visited by a woman who claims to be his wife. And she's there to deliver some shocking news: Fever has a son.
His friends don't really believe the woman exists—they think she's another hallucination of a mind still slowly recovering from a long-term coma. Fever's fiancée is torn between being outraged and concerned for his mental health. None of this is helped by the fact that Fever, even in the best of times, has a tendency to see things that others don't and that may not, strictly speaking, exist. But when someone starts shooting very real bullets from a very real rifle in Fever's direction, the one thing that everyone can agree upon is that there's something very deadly going on. In this novel from Phillip DePoy, all Fever has to do is sort out who is trying to kill him—and why—before they succeed.
"Five days before Christmas, Fever Devilin receives an unexpected nighttime visitor in DePoy's rich, allusive seventh mystery featuring the Georgia folklorist (after 2011's A Corpse's Nightmare): an unknown, sorrowful-looking woman, who introduces herself as his wife, Issie. Fever calls his real fiancÃ©e, Lucinda Foxe, seeking help in dealing with the woman who he believes is mad. Lucinda and Sheriff Skidmore Needle arrive in short order, but not before Issie has fled. Both are concerned that the woman may not be real, but an aftereffect of Fever's recent coma. Psychiatrist Ceridwen Nelson is on hand the next morning to help the mysterious woman if she is real or Fever if she is not. The ancient Cornish tale of Tristan and Isolde intertwines with the ongoing discoveries, many of them uncomfortable, as Fever and Ceri seek to solve the riddle that is Issie. Fans of fiction with a hint of the supernatural will be pleased. Agent: Janet Reid, FinePrint Literary Management. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
PHILLIP DePOY is the award-winning author of many novels and plays as well the director of the theatre program at Clayton State University. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.