Promise, Oklahoma is in the middle of the south central US, more commonly known as Tornado Alley. A deadly twister has left people dead and injured and caused 40 million dollars worth of damage. At first it seems as though the Pepper family are just four more statistics on the death roll, but Police Chief Charlie Grover soon realises that their bodies have been arranged to look like storm victims, while the cause of their deaths is by the hand of man, not an act of god. The post mortems confirm his suspicions, then another death during a tornado proves that there is a killer at large. He seeks help from meteorological experts at the local university, in particular Dr Willa Bellman, who knows all about the force and power of these storms and also knows the motley collection of people who follow the paths of every tornado. Both of them are convinced that amongst the storm-chasers is the killer, but more deaths - both natural and unnatural - are to occur before the killer is stopped in a truly breath-taking climax.
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Alice Blanchard grew up in Connecticut and studied in Boston and at Harvard. She is the author of a collection of short stories, The Stuntman's Daughter, which won the Katharine Anne Porter Prize, and of the novel, Darkness Peering. She has also received a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, a New Literary Award and a Centrum Artists in Residence Fellowship.From AudioFile:
In Blanchard's second suspense novel a serial killer chases tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas because it provides him with the perfect cover to commit murder. The killer is tracked by a police chief who soon has his own personal reason to discover the truth--the kidnapping of his daughter. Peter Coyote reads with controlled power. With the addition of gripping yet unobtrusive sound effects throughout, the production possesses a narrative drive that never slows, nor does an obligatory romance or tangential back story interfere with the force of the telling. Like a tornado, the story moves with relentless pacing toward a breathtaking conclusion, aided by fine writing and rare originality. If you liked the movie TWISTER, here it is on steroids, and with better research. Coyote is believable as small-town cop Charlie Grover and would be perfect to play him in the movie. This fact aids the imagination required by this outstanding "audio" movie. J.L. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0316726591