Bought this one to take on holiday. Thought I would enjoy it from the other customer reviews I had read, but it exceeded my expectations. Horror fiction has definitely improved in recent years, with Glen Duncan, Justin Cronin, Joe Hill, the Swedish chap and a few others taking forward the Stephen King/Peter Straub high concept approach to writing, with strong characterisation, humour and relevance to modern life. Robert Jackson Bennett is up there with the best, and American Elsewhere is as good as vintage King, Straub et al.
I have bought some of the authors earlier books, but not got round to reading them as yet, thinking I would start with this one, mainly because the plot outline really appealed. Without giving too much away, there is a strong H.P. Lovecraft/Old Gods slant (much more than one reviewer suggested), combined with a 50's BEM/Paranoia feel which is really well done. The main characters-Mona Bright, the town Elders and the Gangsters from the Roadhouse are all memorable and believable, and the book zips along even though it is over 600 pages long. I really don't want to give the game away, so won't say anything more about the story, but it has science, humour, action, horror in liberal doses throughout. Looking forward to reading the rest of Robert Jackson Bennet's published works and seeing what he come up with next. Excellent stuff.