Synopses & Reviews
Dan Wells won instant acclaim for his three-novel debut about the adventures of John Wayne Cleaver, a heroic young man who is a potential serial killer. All who read the trilogy were struck by the distinctive and believable voice Wells created for John.
Now he returns with another innovative thriller told in a very different, equally unique voice. A voice that comes to us from the realm of madness.
Michael Shipman is paranoid schizophrenic; he suffers from hallucinations, delusions, and complex fantasies of persecution and horror. That's bad enough. But what can he do if some of the monsters he sees turn out to be real?
Who can you trust if you can't even trust yourself? The Hollow City is a mesmerizing journey into madness, where the greatest enemy of all is your own mind.
"An amnesiac paranoid schizophrenic holds the key to a serial killer's motivation in Wells's provocative new thriller. Michael Shipman is the ultimate unreliable narrator, tortured by his senses and afflicted with delusions about being pursued by Faceless Men. Now the authorities want to know whether Michael's Faceless Men are involved with the Red Line Killer, whose de-faced victims were associated with the Children of the Earth, a cult based in the former home of notorious murderer Milos Cerny the man who killed Michael's mother. When the Faceless Men start stalking Michael in the psychiatric hospital, he escapes to uncover the truth behind the killer, the cult, and his own shadowy childhood memories of a hollow city of empty houses. Wells (I Am Not a Serial Killer) has created an intense, uncanny protagonist who's trapped in an eerie world where denying the insane and otherworldly truth means death. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger Inc. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for I Am Not a Serial Killer:
“The beauty of the prose, mixed with the depth of characterization, gave the haunting, first person narrative a human touch…."
—Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author
“This dazzling, unput-downable debut novel proves beyond a doubt that Dan Wells has the gift."
—F. Paul Wilson on I Am Not a Serial Killer
“Brilliant! Full of unforgettable characters, creepy thrills, and dangerous twists you wont see coming.”
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author on I Dont Want to Kill You
“Fans of Jeff Lindsays Dexter series will welcome Wellss gripping debut.”
—Publishers Weekly on I Am Not a Serial Killer
About the Author
DAN WELLS lives in Orem, Utah, with his wife, Dawn, and four young children.