Synopses & Reviews
Adam Mansbach, the acclaimed #1 New York Times
bestselling author of Go the F**k to Sleep
and Rage Is Back
, turns to a new tale of suspense, horror, and supernatural action
Wrongfully imprisoned in a Mexican jail, outlaw-with-a-conscience Jess Galvan accepts a devil's bargain: transport a sinister package across the border in twenty-four hours for the jail's mythical—and terrifying—bogeyman El Cucuy. If Jess can make it across alive and give the iron box to cult leader Aaron Seth, he will be free and able to regain custody of his estranged daughter.
But as Jess navigates a blighted desert full of deadly surprises, girls go missing on both sides of the border and bodies begin to surface. It's a deadly epidemic of crime that plunges small-town sheriff Bob Nichols into a monster of an investigation he's not equipped to handle, especially when sixteen-year-old Sherry disappears.
An ancient evil has awoken in the empty wastelands along the border and now everyone—the innocent and the guilty alike—must face their deepest fears as epic myth and human malice combine to bring forth the end of the world as we know it.
With The Dead Run, acclaimed author Adam Mansbach mixes horror, the supernatural, and suspense to deliver a chilling, high-octane adventure.
Praise for Adam Mansbach:“Mansbach has a talent for writing full, memorable characters that seem untidy and complex. The prose crackles with insight.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Total genius.” Jonathan Lathem
“Beautiful, funny, heartbreaking . . .Very few writers could have attempted all this. Adam Mansbach succeeds, brilliantly.” Boston Globe
“One of the most ambitious, insightful, and daring writers of our generation.” Jeff Chang
“Exquisite. Mansbachs characters are sharply drawn.” New York Times Book Review
“Total genius.” Jonathan Lethem
“Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation quite like this.” New Yorker
“An exciting tale, an action thriller heavily infused with paranormal elements ... The narrative twists among several disparate protagonists and keeps a lot of balls in the air without losing momentum. Highly recommended for readers of supernatural action and horror ... and fans of more general action stories.” Library Journal
“Both surreal and grounded in harsh reality, the novel is ambitiously plotted and powerfully written.” Booklist
“Irreverent and entertaining. Its a wild high-speed ride.” Shelf Awareness
“A taut and gritty adventure thriller with a supernatural element.” Publishers Weekly
“Although violent, The Dead Run is first-rate entertainment based on a fascinating cultural mashup.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“One of the best thriller/horror hybrids to come along this year. ... a lean, intoxicating funhouse of a book that is difficult to put down.” Fearnet.com
With thrilling chills and crackling suspense, The Dead Run is an edgy novel set in the netherworld of the Mexican-American border from Adam Mansbach, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**ck to Sleep and Rage Is Back.
On both sides of the border, girls are going missing and bodies are beginning to surface. Its a deadly epidemic of crime that plunges a small-town police chief into a monster of an investigation he's not equipped to handle. An ancient evil has returned, and now everyone—the innocent and the guilty—must face their deepest terrors.
With The Dead Run Adam Mansbach delivers an eerie high-concept thriller, mixing horror, the supernatural, and suspense in a chilling, high-octane read.
About the Author
Adam Mansbach is the author of the instant New York Times bestsellers Go the F**k to Sleep and You Have to F**king Eat, as well as the novels The Dead Run, Rage Is Back, Angry Black White Boy, and The End of the Jews, the winner of the California Book Award. He was the 2009-2011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University, a 2012 Sundance Screenwriting Lab Fellow, a 2013 Berkeley Repertory Theater Writing Fellow, and a 2015 Artist in Residence at Stanford University's Institute for Diversity in the Arts. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, and The Believer, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. He lives in Berkeley, California.