First UK hardcover edition, published in the US only as a paperback original. NF in NF DJ, slight bend to bottom back cover corner. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by McCammon to previous owner. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: First published as a paperback original in 1988, Stinger remains one of Robert McCammon's wildest, most compelling creations. Both a furiously paced action novel and an affectionate tribute to the SF/Horror films of an earlier era, it is vintage McCammon, and a grand, often visceral entertainment.
The story takes place during a single twenty-four hour period in Inferno, Texas. Inferno is a town in trouble, driven to the brink by racial tension, gang violence, and a collapsing economy. But things can always get worse, and they do so with astonishing speed when an unidentified spacecraft crash lands in the desert outside of town, followed by a second craft bearing the alien being who will soon be known as Stinger. Stinger is a kind of interstellar hunter on a mission he intends to complete, whatever the cost. He brings with him an endless array of technological marvels and an infinite capacity for destruction that threaten the existence of Inferno, its inhabitants, and the larger world beyond.
Filled with a large cast of vividly realized characters and sporting some of the most memorably horrific imagery you will ever encounter, ''Stinger'' is an adrenaline-fueled narrative of the highest order, its classic, pulp fictional elements transformed and elevated by a master storyteller. The result is pure Robert McCammon, an engrossing, hugely enjoyable experience that is sure to stay with you for a very long time to come.
Review: The "stinger" is an alien bounty hunter that remains ominously hidden for most of the book, but appears to be an enormous wicked mixture of centipede and scorpion. The bounty it's after is the "good guy" of the tale--a waif-like being who invades the mind of a small girl to make its presence known. They both arrive in a hot, desolate West Texas town surrounded by the alkali dust and sagebrush of a flatland between mountains. And the battle begins. An unpretentious horror novel with memorable imagery, Stinger is this reviewer's favorite of Robert McCammon's. It has appealing characters. It has feuding motorcycle gangs. It even has a bit of a West Side Story romance between Anglo guy and Hispanic girl. Sure, it's a B-movie romp, but McCammon is earnest--he doesn't play it for laughs. The action is scary and horrifying, making for a long, satisfying read.
Publication Date: 1988
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition
Book Description Kinnell Publications Ltd, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include cdrom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority!. Seller Inventory # S_221054300
Book Description Kinnell, London, 1988. Hardcover. First British Edition. First hardcover edition. Cloth. A few tiny spots to fore edge. A near fine copy in near fine dustjacket with a faint crease to the front panel.; Octavo. Seller Inventory # 29780
Book Description Kinnell, London, 1988. Hardback. Condition: Vg. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition First Printing. dent to the last 20 poages. Inscribed By the Author. Hardcover. Seller Inventory # 045107
Book Description Kinnell, London, 1988. Hardcover. First British Edition. First hardcover edition. Cloth. A fine copy in fine dustjacket with a tiny nick to the rear flap. ; Octavo. Seller Inventory # 29779
Book Description Kinnell., London:, 1988. 1st HC edition. HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 29100
Book Description Kinnell Publications Ltd, London, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition First Printing. 8vo. 538 pages. Hardcover in a black pictorial dust jacket, now in mylar. INSCRIBED by the author on the title page, "To B.-- / Robert R. McCammon." A nice, clean copy. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 036456
Book Description Kinnell Publications Ltd, 1988. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P021870532023
Book Description Kinnell, London, 1988. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st/1st, SIGNED on title page by author. Square and solid, new and unread. Boards are nice. DJ is sharp in protective mylar Brodart. You'll be so happy when this book arrives it will be as if you've been transported to fabled Shangri-La, mythical El Dorado, even the Land of Oz!!!. Signed By Author. Book. Seller Inventory # 018845
Book Description Kinnell Pubns., 1988. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0007533602
Book Description Kinnell, London, 1988. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st British Ed, 1st Hardcover Ed. 1st Br & 1st Hc eds. Fine in Fine dj. INSCRIBED by the author on title page. INSCRIBED By Author. Seller Inventory # 110448