Paul Kelly is a good man, a firefighter and paramedic facing death and danger daily, selflessly risking his own safety for the sake of strangers. Paul has seen tragedy a thousand times, but it has never been his own. Until now... A shocking crime. A loved one, brutally murdered. Paul's life is suddenly invaded by police, reporters, and the harsh glare of spotlights on a family's private grief. The killer shows no sorrow, no remorse--a teen sociopath whose dead eyes stare in sullen silence. Paul does not want blood or vengeance. He wants to know why.
Paul Kelly was a good man. But his obsession is drawing him into the darkest depths of the human soul. Where a terrible truth lurks in the shadows of lies. And a price must be paid...
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Craig Spector first came on the literary scene in 1986 as half of the writing team of John Skipp & Craig Spector. Their first novel, The Light At The End (Bantam Books) helped usher in a new era in modern horror fiction. Five more titles followed for Bantam -- The Cleanup, The Scream, Dead Lines, The Bridge, and Animals -- plus a novelization of the Columbia Pictures film Fright Night for Tor.
Their co-edited anthologies, Book of the Dead (1989) and Still Dead: Book of the Dead 2 (1992), featuring original award-winning stories by authors such as Stephen King, Rick McCammon, Dan Simmons and Poppy Z. Brite, marked the high-point of what was unfortunately (but lucratively) christened "splatterpunk." Skipp & Spector collectively saw millions of copies of their work in print and reprints in seven languages.
After the breakup of the partnership in 1993, Spector went on to a solo career that included developing feature film and television projects for ABC, NBC, Fox Television, Hearst Entertainment Television, Davis Entertainment, and Frank Mancuso Jr.'s Hometown Films. His latest -- and first solo -- novel, To Bury the Dead, was the December 2000 "super lead" title from HarperCollins.
A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston MA, Spector also continues to compose, perform, and record music, most recently in the progressive blues band Smash Cut with fellow writer/musicians Richard Christian Matheson and Preston Sturges, Jr.From Publishers Weekly:
Paul Kelly is a firefighter and paramedic working the suburbs of New York, often seeing drug addicts, prostitutes and suicide and crime victims. After viewing tragedy after tragedy for years on end, Paul is almost unflappable, except when those hurt are truly innocent, like the baby he rescues from a burning building. However, even Paul is surprised by his own transformation after violence hits him hard and at home. One night, Kyra, his teenage daughter, is attacked and brutally strangled; all of Paul's efforts can't save her, and Kyra dies in his arms on the way to the hospital. After the funeral and a brief time off from work, Paul resumes his shifts, but he is a changed man. When the police identify a suspect in the killingDa teenage psychopathDPaul kidnaps the boy, torturing him to find some reason why he would have killed Kyra. In a stunning climactic scene with a surprise twist, readers realize just how far Paul's obsession drives him. Spector (The Light at the End) is a strong writer who convincingly re-creates the dark, often gruesome world of paramedics and firefighters. Most impressive is his exploration into Paul's character and how ordinary people cope with extraordinary grief and horror. Not for the faint of heart, Spector's latest is for lovers of the best psychological thrillers, along the lines of Ruth Rendell's, and with national radio advertising and in-store displays, booksellers will have little difficulty bringing the book to readers' attention. Agent, Anthony Gardner. (Dec. 5)
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Book Description Stealth Pr, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1588810100
Book Description Stealth Pr, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1588810100