Endurance is not for the faint of heart. Jack Kilborn’s novels are so scary that they will literally cause nightmares. At times they are as scary to keep reading as they are hard to put down. This book felt like reading texas chainsaw massacre. It was that terrifying, gruesome, and adrenaline spiking.
Rushmore Inn is a bed and breakfast hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Competitors in the national Iron Woman triathlon stay here after their reservations are over booked or after winning a free stay. They quickly discover that there is more to fear than the horrible presidential decor, the creepy surrounding, and the not quite right owner.
This book was originally scheduled to be released in paperback in 2010, the publisher read the final version of the manuscript and refused to release it.
“Are you brave enough to finish?”
Without giving away the plot of the story, let me tell you if you like blood and gore this is the book for you. Some of the scenes had me wincing in sympathy pains. It is a well crafted story and fast paced, a real page turner and a plot that wasn’t surprising and a very justifiable ending. This is one of my favorite books this year.
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“Beyond a thrilling piece of horrifying suspense the Serial novella is also a groundbreaking experiment in literary collaboration” reports John Hutchinson, of Norwood Press.
Jack Kilborn (a pseudonym of bestselling author J.A. Konrath, whose most recent release is Cherrybomb) wrote the first part. Blake Crouch (Abandon) wrote the second. They collaborated on the third together over email in 100-word exchanges, not aware of each other’s opening section. “All bets were off, and may the best psycho win” said Hutchinson from his office in the Portland, Oregon suburb of Tualatin.
Serial contains the novella, “Serial”, a Q & A with Kilborn and Crouch, author bibliographies, and excerpts from their most recent and forthcoming work, Kilborn’s Afraid and Crouch’s Abandon.
Rambo creator David Morrell (Shimmer) called Abandon one of the best books he’d ever read.
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At the start of Konrath’s brisk and breezy sixth Jack Daniels mystery, the guilt-ridden Chicago cop, who’s attending the funeral of a loved one, takes a call from Alexandra Kork, the sadistic psychopath who did in the loved one at the end of 2008’s Fuzzy Navel (“I checked the Weather Channel…. It’s raining in Chicago. That’s appropriate, don’t you think? Funerals on sunny days seem so wrong”). Barred from the official hunt for Kork because she’s personally involved in the case, Daniels soon finds herself on the wrong side of the law with few of the usual resources to call on. Meanwhile, the wily Kork, who’s stopped counting her victims (after 50 they blur), strews bodies over a wide area as part of a scheme to lead Daniels to a slow and painful death. Konrath leavens the violence with offbeat humor, including a feces-throwing monkey in love with a cashmere sweater. The slam-bang ending is sure to satisfy series fans.
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