on 2 August 2010
This Ed Gorman novel, as with all his 1990's Headline books, has been wrongly marketed as a horror novel. This is most likely because at the time, Headline and Leisure Books were promoting a long line of horror writers such as Philip Caveney, Jack Ketchum, Dean Koontz, and Richard Laymon; they were using specific artists, like Steve Crisp, to design quality jackets and placed emphasis on the macabre. Gorman, however, writes crime novels in the main. Black River Falls (1996) is one of his UK releases, not one of his strongest, but still very good. In the story, Ben Tyler has made a vow to protect the beautiful Alison, who has been receiving a number of death threats. The nineteen-year-old is not the most popular kid in town, often the victim of bullying and abuse, his life being somewhat difficult until the day he met Alison. One day he discovers a dark secret that could destroy the lives of everyone he has ever loved. This is a solid piece of writing from one of the best in contemporary crime. I would also recommend the Robert Payne mysteries:
Blood Red Moon (1994)
Hawk Moon (1995)
Harlot's Moon (1997)
Voodoo Moon (2000)
and the stand-alone thrillers Cold Blue Midnight (1994), Cage of Night (1996), Runner in the Dark (1996), The Poker Club (1997), and The Silver Scream (1997).
on 30 September 2007
dull dull dull.
a horror book with no horror. how does that work then? 200 odd pages without any murder at all and when finally we get a murder it is famous five type detail. quite how this author is mentioned in the same breath as richard laymon, steve gerlach and jack ketchum is beyond me.
the story is of a boy who has some issues and is a geek, his brother is the highschool hero and he lives in his shadow. his brother is a murderer and the boy and his mother get caught up in the saga. dont bother reading it because it doesnt get any better than that! read laymon, gerlach or ketchum.