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Product Details

  • Series: Onyx
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (May 2, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451159594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451159595
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Slade is a pen name for Jay Clarke, John Banks and Lee Clarke, the trio who previously produced Headhunter and now this excessively nasty horror story. The pages are crammed with nauseating details and incidents of maiming, murders, incest and other crimes committed in Canada, England and the U.S. While not sexually occupied with different women, Zinc Chandler of the RCMP investigates the putative musicians in the rock group, Ghoul, Rika Hyde and her brother Saxon Hyde (stage names, Erika Zann and Axel Crypt). In London, Scotland Yard's Hilary Rand faces demotion when she fails to stop a mad bomber and a bloodthirsty fiend. Chandler, meanwhile, learns that one of the Hydes' two half-sisters was killed, the body dissolved in an acid bath. He meets and falls in love with the other sister, Deborah, who seems the only sane member of the scandalous family. Interrupted continually by psychological analyses and quantities of needless details about paper-thin characters, the narrative becomes merely boring. The trio are no match for H. P. Lovecraft or other authors to whom they refer, apparently to validate the gory details of this mystery. Literary Guild alternate.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Michael Slade is pseudonym for Jay Clarke, a Vancouver-based trial lawyer specializing in cases for the criminally insane. As both defense and Crown counsel, he has been active in over one hundred murder cases. This background provides inspiration for his series of Special X thrillers. He is the author of six previous books, including Primal Scream, Evil Eye, Ripper, Cutthroat, Ghoul, Headhunter, and Burnt Bones.

More About the Author

Criminal lawyer MICHAEL SLADE has acted in over one hundred murder cases. His specialty is the law of insanity. He argued the last death penalty case in Canada's highest court. Backed by his forensic experience, Slade's Special X and Wyatt Rook thrillers fuse the genres of police and legal procedure, whodunit and impossible crime, suspense, history, and horror. Slade was guest of honor at both the Bloody Words crime convention and the World Horror Convention. As Time Out puts it, "A thin line separates crime and horror, and in Michael Slade's thrillers, the demarcation vanishes altogether." Slade was guest speaker at the international Police Leadership Conference and several RCMP regimental dinners. As Reader's Digest puts it, "The Slade books have developed a strong following among police officers because of their strict adherence to proper police procedure." For the stories behind his plots, visit Slade's Morgue at www.specialx.net.

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Although I'm an avid Michael Slade fan, this one is my favorite!
amy
To paraphrase a review I read elsewhere, he more or less becoems catnip for women in this book.
Steven Grogan
Everything fit together perfectly and in an absolutely logical way.
Tom Griffin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 13, 2001
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This second in the Slade series of Special X novels is not as engrossing as those that follow it, but it still packs a pretty horrific punch. We meet for the first time Zinc Campbell, one of the Mounties' more colorful characters, and join him on his search for a mysterious rock band called The Ghouls. Earlier in the book, we meet a strange collection of young men who initiate a rather nebbish-like youngster in their group called "The Ghouls." His initiation rite sets the stage for some ghastly goings on as he grows up. Meanwhile in London, Hilary Rand, the female Chief of Police about to get ousted by her sexist peers, faces several ghastly killers: The Vampire Killer, Jack (a homophobe bomber), and The Sewer Killer. Just who these gentlemen are remains a mystery throughout the book and how they intertwine provides for some fascinating commentary on the psyche of a psychotic! Zinc manages to get involved with two women: the Amazon FBI beauty, Carol Tate, and the frumpishly beautiful Deborah Lane, who has some dark secrets and connections of her own. Other than Zinc and Bob George, the regulars from "Headhunter" and the upcoming novels are noticeably absent. The identity of the different killers is a little more obvious than in the other Special X books, but Slade still manages to pull a real whopper at the end. All in all, worth reading to maintain the flow of this outstanding series.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven Grogan on February 26, 2002
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Slowly but surely Slade introduces us to the bits and pieces of his Special X squad. HEADHUNTER gave us Rovert DeClerq (not sure about the spelling), and GHOUL gives us Zinc Chandler. This guy is about as gutsy as 20 real-life detectives, and every bit as suave as James Bond. To paraphrase a review I read elsewhere, he more or less becoems catnip for women in this book. Here we encounter 3 killers...and you know what, it's been so long since I read this book that I honestly can't remember all 3...but I DO remember that Slade grips you by the throat once aghain and leads you leeringly through his mad house of horrors. AS in all his books, Slade's story depends on the rotation of several plotlines that skip back and forth between time, location, and characters. Slade is one of those authors who you either love or hate; his "numerous plotlines" trick either annoys or intices the reader, as well as his tendency to never pull a single punch when it comes to descrbing murder scenes (either during the act or the aftermath). But one thing is for sure: there is no inbetweens with Slade, and that is the sign of a damn good author.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had never heard of Michael Slade. While looking through the book rack at a grocery store I picked up this book, read the back cover, and decided to give it a try. I was amazed. This little known (sadley) author(s) metodically takes you trough great mahem, murder, and suspence. I quickly found what I think was the first novel, Headhunter, and found the the writing is consistant. If dark suspense, violence, and frankly being scared to death is up your alley, then Slade and Goul is a must for you to read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By amy on March 21, 2000
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If you are, then read no further. The Scream will make your parents throw out your Judas Priest records again! Although I'm an avid Michael Slade fan, this one is my favorite! Slade's talent for providing understandable information about forensics, psychology & serial crime put the reader in the RCMP. His multiple storylines weave effortlessley toward the climax & outcome of the case while making you relieved it's De Clerq out there & not you! If you like fiction that's almost non-fiction (because he studies up BEFORE he writes the book) please read this. And while you're at it, read Headhunter, Cutthroat & Ripper to treat your sick mind to a little candy! Slade can't write 'em fast enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "ayatoullah" on June 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This was my first Slade book and I still have a special place for it. I've been around the block a few times and have to say that no one can write quite like Slade. I looked around and burned my way through several horror fiction writers before stumbling across this one quite by accident. I was browsing through a bookstore and kind of liked the skull hologram on the book's front. I hadn't even heard of the guy. Great book great writer/s...somehow though, this one is still the best, none of the others seem quite like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. D. Tyler on November 3, 2001
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If you want to really scare yourself, and you are not afraid of learning about some of the seamier sides of life, this is one hell of a read. No one author compares to Slade for his ability to keep you grossing out, yet caring about his charachters. Read it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moderan on August 31, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What an amazing book! Though I know that the depiction of a multiple personality in this novel is not actually the way such things work, it was easy enough to suspend disbelief, because of the completely captivating story and the concise prose style of the three people who write as Michael Slade. I found this thing in a used bookstore not too long after it came out (lucky me), and noticed a blurb on the back that said it had Cthulhu Mythos content. That was good enough for me to shell out the few shekels and bring the thing home, especially as there wasn't anything else very interesting on the shelves...and was I ever glad I did. Couldn't figure out til the very end which one of the personalities was actually responsible for the wanton destruction depicted in this book, though I had my suspicions. The suspense was unbearable for me, and I stayed up all night to read this thing in one sitting. While doing research for a book of my own, this book popped up and said "Read me". So I did, repeating the experience all over again. I hadn't exactly forgotten about Saxon, but time and the load of many other fine books had dulled the memory a bit. Not now. It will be quite a while before I forget, and btw, I read it while listening to the earlier work of Alice Cooper, who had a recommending blurb on the edition I have. Nice combo-I recommend it.
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