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Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, most recently A Dark Matter. He has won the Bram Stoker Award for his novels, Lost Boy Lost Girl and In the Night Room, as well as for his recent collection, 5 Stories. Straub was the editor of the two-volume Library of American anthology The American Fantastic Tale. He lives in New York City.


Straub peaks with this visceral thriller, which completes his Blue Rose trilogy ( Koko ; Mystery ). The citizens of Millhaven, Ill., thought they had overcome the unsolved serial murders that plagued the town in the 1940s--the killer had scrawled the words ``Blue Rose'' near the bodies--but another resident has just fallen prey to a new Blue Rose. The victim's husband, John Ransom, enlists the aid of Tim Underhill, a high school buddy and fellow Vietnam vet who has written a book about the murders. Although Tim thinks of his hometown as ``oddly interchangeable'' with Vietnam, he returns to join forces with famed local sleuth Tom Pasmore to solve both the earlier and the later murders. Tim's research and Tom's computer hacking connect the '40s killer to the St. Alwyns Hotel on Widow Street and suggest that the more recent killer is a victim of child abuse. Millhaven detectives nab a Jeffrey Dahmer-type murderer who claims to be the new Blue Rose, but Tim proves that the man is lying. As Tim and Tom close in on the truth, the trauma of Tim's Vietnam experiences pales and ``the other Vietnam''--his own childhood abuse--roars into memory. Painted from a darkly colorful palette, Straub's characters inhabit a razor-edged world of unremitting suspense. BOMC main selection. (Apr.)

"A masterpiece. . . . The most intelligent novel of suspense to come along in years." --Washington Post Book World "Disturbing. . . . Satisfying entertainment. . . . A bloodstained tapestry of stunning emotional power." --San Franscisco Chronicle "A classic mystery novel. . . . Deft, impressive." --The New York Times Book Review "Magnificent. . . . Intensely riveting. . . . A haunting tale of murder, obsession, and the malevolent horror that can inhabit those dark forbidding places in us all." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Terrifying psychological horror. . . . One of this year's best contemporary horror novels. . . . Straub, a master storyteller, weaves a tale that's rich in detail and character." --Cleveland Plain-Dealer "An intense thriller. . . . Fans of Straub's Koko will be pleased to know that Tim Underhill is back." --USA Today "An excellent psychological novel. . . . Straub well understands the dark recesses of the psyche where the personal demons dwell. . . . We may want to turn away . . . but we cannot because the horror mesmerizes us." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Suspenseful and compelling. . . . Mesmerizing. . . . An accelerated roller-coaster read that is totally engrossing. . . . Just when the reader thinks he has the cases figured out, Straub manipulates the plot to expose yet more twists." --Chattanooga Times Free Press "Marvelous. . . . Enormously satisfying. . . . Unashamedly designed to fascinate."--Sacramento Bee "The best of Peter Straub's writing." --Houston Chronicle "The characters are outstanding. . . . They are the story, enshrouded by a nightmare that never lifts. Peter Straub takes bold risks and he succeeds." --San Jose Mercury News "Enomously entertaining and scary. . . . Rich, complex, dark, and tough to put down."--New York Daily News

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