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From Publishers Weekly
At the start of Lee's peculiar and uneasily convincing mix of sex and violence, 40-ish D.C. lawyer Patricia White temporarily leaves her successful practice and her loving husband to console her sister, Judy, after the grisly murder of Judy's brutish husband, Dwayne. Judy lives in Agan's Point, a boondocks Chesapeake Bay town where the sisters grew up. There Patricia relives unhappy memories of her rape years earlier by an unknown assailant and feels unexpected and intense sexual longings for a childhood friend who never left the Point. Eerie and insular squatters and an unscrupulous land developer anxious to eliminate the squatters contribute to the growing mayhem. Lee (City Infernal) throws in some overly convenient supernaturalism toward the end, but if you're still reading by that point, it's a fair bet you won't want to put the book down unfinished. (Dec.)
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About the Author
Edward Lee is the author of almost fifty novels and numerous short stories and novellas (or is it novellae? Hmm.) Several of his properties have been optioned for film, while Header was released on DVD in 2009; also, he has been published in Germany, England, Romania, Greece, and Austria. Recent releases include Bullet Through Your Face and Brain Cheese Buffet (story collections), Header 2, and the hardcore Lovecraftian books The Innswich Horror, Trolley No. 1852, Pages Torn From A Travel Journal, Going Monstering, and Haunter of the Threshold. One of Lee’s creative ambitions is to one day write an effective M.R. James pastiche. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The book is different from most of his other works in that his view of hell and its demons was never seen here, which is fine since they had no bearing on the story, but Lee's creativity is what sets him out and it was not present here. The storyline was OK and new, but I just kept waiting for something big and in-your-face to happen and I was disappointed when it never came. Also, there was no thorough explanation as to who the squatters were and where there powers came from, which I think would have helped if that had been expanded on.
This book is written well and Lee is a great writer, but it did not have his same knock out power that I have come to expect from him and that is why I did not rate it as high as his others.
On the whole, though, the book was pretty good. The characters were fairly likeable, despite the fact that most of them serve the plot to a ridiculous extent. The sexual element did get a bit tiresome, considering that it didn't get resolved in the end very well. It felt as though on every page the size of Patricia's breasts got revealed. That she could see anything at all over them must have been a challenge, especially considering that she was being targeted for much of the book.