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On the day of his release from a mental institution Pace is taken “hostage” by Faust, Pia, and Hayden, three escapees from the hospital who disappeared after the presumed rape and beating of Cassandra Kaltzas, daughter of the Greek munitions tycoon Alexandra Kaltzas. Each suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder, experiencing complex delusions and sometimes fantastical identities. Pace tries to piece together what happened when apparently one of their alternate personalities tried to kill Cassandra.
Pace himself is an alternate of William Pacella, a man whose wife died in a restaurant fire set by a local mobster for insurance money. William Pacella “dies” so that Nightjack can be born–a new personality who may or may not be Jack the Ripper.
For unknown reasons, Pace is able to see others’ delusions–when alternates take over members of the group, Pace alone is able to interact with each persona. Included among them is Princess Eirrin, a ten thousand year old sorceress and heir to the Atlantean throne; Smoker, a half-breed gunman from 1880s Arizona; Thaddeus, friend and companion to St. Paul; and the ancient Greek architect Daedalus, who soared among the clouds with his home-made wax wings and watched his son perish in the sea.
Now the four find themselves under attack from assassins sent by Kaltzas to punish the person who attacked his daughter. Conflicting stories abound about Cassandra–whether she was raped, if she was perhaps murdered, or if she and Pace somehow crossed paths even before the hospital. In fact, she may not even exist.
As the attacks persist, the group is forced to face their own personal traumas and terrors, and go in search of Kaltzas in Greece. There, on an island where fantasy, myth, and truth are all entangled, Pace and his many alternates must sift through madness and deceit to unlock the mystery. And everyone may wind up dead unless Pace willingly unleashes the most brutal killer of all: Nightjack.
PRAISE FOR TOM PICCIRILLI & NIGHTJACK
A never-before-published, original to digital novel of action, suspense, and dread...
"Tom Piccirilli straddles genres with the boldness of the best writers today, blending suspense and crime fiction into tight, brutal masterpieces."–JAMES ROLLINS, New York Times bestselling author of The Judas Strain
"You're in for a treat. Tom Piccirilli is one of the most exciting authors around. He writes vivid action that is gripping and smart, with characters you believe and care about. I always pay attention when I see his name."–David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of FIRST BLOOD and THE NAKED EDGE
"Tom Piccirilli is at the forefront of the new breed of crime writers, welding his sense of history to a modern sensibility, creating a strong new voice."–Max Allan Collins, author of ROAD TO PERDITION
"Tom Piccirilli writes like a crazed banshee. I love his work."—KEN BRUEN
Tom Piccirilli is the author of more than twenty novels including SHADOW SEASON, THE COLD SPOT, THE COLDEST MILE, and A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN. He's won two International Thriller Awards and four Bram Stoker Awards, as well as having been nominated for the Edgar, the World Fantasy Award, the Macavity, and Le Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire.
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Print Length: 227 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Crossroad Press & Macabre Ink Digital; First Digital Edition edition (October 18, 2010)
First things first, I'm a huge Tom Piccirilli fan, more so with each book. With that out of the way, at least half the formulaic crap on the bookshelves at grocery stores should be taken down and replaced with copies of NIGHTJACK. Based on a horrifying premise (mental illness) but kept "light" and absurd with black humor and incredible prose, the story is not always straight forward, but immensely enjoyable and satisfying. Seriously, Piccirilli should be a household name among horror, crime and noir fans.
Having already read Nightjack, I can tell any fans of Tom's that it will not let you down. The writing is what you always get from a Piccirilli story. Dark and mesmerizing, Nightjack is like an enchanted nightmare, and will appeal to any fans of his crime fiction-and even ones of his older, darker fiction.
A live wire of a novel. Tom Piccirilli's tale of mental illness can get confusing at time, but it goes through great pains to expose how terrifying it can be to be lost inside your own head. Pace, our hero with dissociative identity disorder, understands himself to be part of something greater than what he can imagine and from the moment he gets kidnapped by three maniacs, two fights between. One outside of himself and one within.
NIGHTJACK should be a mandatory reading to everybody who wants to explore mental illness as a central theme of their fiction. It can get to be quite a chore at times, but Piccirilli is never confrontational and never tries to lose you on purpose. Entertaining his reader always remains the priority. If you're into Piccirilli as deep as I am, this is a no-brainer, you've GOT to read this. It's too insane to pass on. If you don't know this cult author, read it for the sheer nattative stunt that it is.
Dark, haunting, and beautiful all at the same time, Nightjack is definitely one of the best thrillers i have read in a long time. This also happened to be the first novel i have read by Mr. Piccirilli, and it would be an immense understatement to say it won't be my last. There is really nothing i could say about the story that would do it any justice, this is a one you have experience for yourself as it unfolds. Damaged, disturbed characters, a breakneck pace and a hugely satisfying ending makes this a book you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!!! (I'm glad I didn't)
A surrealist novel by Tom Piccirilli with an emphasis on madness over meaning. `Nightjack' follows the fragmented psyche of a disturbed and schizophrenic protagonist in Will (Pace, Jack, Sam etc.) as he tries to piece together the events that lead to his institutionalisation and subsequent release. Read in a perpetual state of haziness, the lines continually blurred between fact and fantasy as Will's (and wards) sojourn towards a semblance of reality on a quest to quash pent up anger and those responsible for his state of being. At times, `Nightjack' resembled the classic noir tale of a good man wronged seeking retribution for the loss of his wife, while at other, a collage of craziness and subtle interlocking of hallucinations to form pieces of a complex puzzle which unfortunately eluded a conclusive closure. An interesting and unique look at a multifaceted story with extreme multidimensional character(s). 3.5 stars.
Tom Piccirilli is the author of more than twenty-five novels including A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN, SHADOW SEASON, THE COLD SPOT, and THE LAST KIND WORDS. He's a four-time winner of the Stoker Award, two-time winner of the International Thriller Award, and has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, and twice for the Edgar Award. Marilyn Stasio of The New York Tims Book Review called THE LAST KIND WORDS, "A caustic thriller...the characters have strong voices and bristle with funny quirks." New York Times bestselling thriller writer Lee Child said of Tom's work, "Perfect crime fiction...a convincing world, a cast of compelling characters, and above all a great story" And Publishers Weekly extols, "Piccirilli's mastery of the hard-boiled idiom is pitch perfect, particularly in the repartee between his characters, while the picture he paints of the criminal corruption conjoining the innocent and guilty in a small Long Island community is as persuasive as it is seamy. Readers who like a bleak streak in their crime fiction will enjoy this well-wrought novel." Keir Graff of Booklist wrote, "There's more life in Piccirilli's THE LAST KIND WORDS (and more heartache, action, and deliverance) than any other novel I've read in the past couple of years." And Kirkus states, "Consigning most of the violence to the past allows Piccirilli (The Fever Kill, 2007, etc.) to dial down the gore while imparting a soulful, shivery edge to this tale of an unhappy family that's assuredly unhappy in its own special way."
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