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Rural Kansas is to Epperson (The Neighborhood) what rural Maine is to Stephen King: an outback where outlandish terror lurks. The setting in this curious, fractured novel is the isolated Kansas village of Green Lake, where anthropology professor Madeleine Heron moves to a vacation cabin to recover from her husband's suicide. There, Madeleine meets an assortment of odd, troubling neighbors, including Eris Renard, a lonely, mountain-sized Indian conservation officer whose scarred face and gruff manner can't fully hide his good heart. Epperson excels at creating vibrant characters, all of them wounded in one way or another. Their web of relationships?especially a growing love between Madeleine and Eris that's threatened by Eris's reunion, after 27 years, with his birth mother, who is vehemently anti-white?form a narrative skein that hoists the story above melodrama. And that's good, because the drama here is cheesy and lurid, involving child-slayings, a local official who likes to run people down in his car and another local who literally loves the dead. Epperson's skills at evoking the human heart far exceed her ability to create suspense that can make the heart pound. Increasingly, she seems like a mainstream author who's wandered into the psychological suspense genre by accident and can't find her way out.
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From Kirkus Reviews

Summertime in that bucolic retreat, Green Lake, Kansas, and the living is easy--if you don't mind the assortment of perverts and grotesques that Epperson left out of The Neighborhood (1995). Reeling from the suicide of her husband, anthropology professor Madeleine Heron accepts her sister Jacqueline's offer of a cabin in Green Lake. The nearest neighbors, Sherman and Gudrun Tanner, like to dig in their yard (and other people's) so much that Jacqueline calls them Earthworm and Mole Woman. A little further off, there's unemployed Ronnie Lyman, who's just dropped his youngest daughter off at his mother's so he and his wife can pretend she's been kidnapped and angle for publicity and sympathy cash. Of course Madeleine can't forget Bruce Beckworth, the good old boy whose determined advances have to be beaten back by conservation officer Dale Russell, whose smooth good looks and political connections (his aunt is governor of Kansas) would make him a great catch if he weren't a murderous child molester. So there's nobody left for Madeleine, ``dying of boredom and anxiety,'' to take up with but Dale's fellow-officer, Eris Renard, a scarred Sauk-Fox Indian she somehow kindles a romance with despite her diffidence and his sullen reserve. Eris has been looking for years for the birth mother who put him up for adoption, and he finds her just as his affair with Madeleine is at its steamiest. Naturally, she turns out to be just another threat to her peace of mind--a wealthy, possessive artist who wants Eris to come and live with her in Santa Fe and isn't crazy about his fling with a white woman. This volatile cargo of creeps mostly broods on their injuries and resolves to avenge them; the final tally will be five fatalities, no arrests. Even so, Epperson's seventh formula thriller is atypically sunny, with only scattered clouds and little real menace to the heroine. The rest of the cast is too busy killing each other off. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (August 12, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556114931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556114939
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,839 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ever resistant to type, S.K. Epperson's fiction includes experiments with voice, style and the blending of genre.

Author of numerous novels, novellas and a collection of short stories, The Vision and Other Tales. Brother Lowdown, published by St.Martin's, was nominated by HWA for Best First Novel. Other works include Borderland, The Moons of Summer, Nightmare and The Neighborhood. Novellas include The Rift, Ghost of the Rock, Dogstar Bender, Betsy Klausmeyer's Cellar, The Bear, The Crypt Thieves, Curse of the Alastor and more.

Pseudonyms include S.J. Strayhorn (Black Night, published by Kensington) and Dylan Harson (Kansas Blue published by Dutton)

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179 of 196 people found the following review helpful By L. Haikal on January 5, 2014
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disgusting detail narrated in first-person by the character who kidnaps 3 year old girl, procedes to rape her mouth, describe his lengthy enjoyment, and then murder her. that is not entertainment to me. wish i wld have read reviews first. furious.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By R. Brown on December 9, 2013
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I wish I had read the comments of the other people who rated this book with one-star before I downloaded it. SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT: I am still disgusted by what happened to the little girl. Yes, everyone is aware that things like this happen in the "real world," but I read fiction as a bit of an escape. I expected a bit of a thriller/suspense mixed in with the romance, but as someone else stated, the description of what happened was just a bit too graphic for me. If I want to hear about the atrocities that happen in life, I can watch the evening news.

To the author's credit, I agree that the story was well-written. I would have rated it higher based on that, but I just couldn't because I really did "hate it" unfortunately. I agree with a couple of others who stated that the book was not entertaining, and this was a depressing group of twisted characters. Unfortunately, the fact that the author crafted a well-written story just didn't overcome the bad taste that it leaves, in my opinion.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By JOHN A. BROUSSARD on September 3, 2013
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There are strange people living in and around this lake. And that's the novel's strong point--the depiction of individuals we might not care to encounter in real life. But the author has done a remarkable job of describing them. Even the major protagonists, the white woman and the Native American male she falls in love with, are complex and fascinating personalities. Readers, who are intrigued by their fellow human beings and wonder why some can be so different from the norm, will find this book truly fascinating.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By MikeRichmond on August 25, 2013
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What can I say? This book was so much fun to read! I loved the fact that it was simply written and so easy to become engrossed in. The characters were real, flaws included. Oftentimes, the characters can be so busy that I get tired of reading about them. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone:)
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Elaine on August 24, 2013
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Wow this book is brilliant. It is full of unexpected twists and action and I loved the ending which left me speechless. I would give this book a ten rating!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Gordon William on August 26, 2013
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Entertaining thriller with lots of suspense. Recommended for those who enjoy thrillers. I hope this author turns out more books in the future.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ari on August 31, 2013
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Gotta make an exception on this one. I really enjoyed the book. Plus, everyone gets what they deserve. The true horror is the mind in this case.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By LS on August 14, 2013
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I truly did not like this book. Most of the characters were so flawed that they were hard to read about. Some of the incidents that occurred were just repelling. It may have been well written but it was not entertaining at all.
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