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Skull session Hardcover – Import, 1998
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Guitarist Daniel Hecht sold a lot of albums in the 1970s and '80s: his Willow on the Windham Hill label might be sitting in your closet. But in 1989 a hand ailment turned Hecht's talents to writing, and the first published result is as dazzling and moving as his music. In this novel, gifted Vermont woodworker Paul Skoglund has learned to live with and basically control his Tourette's syndrome, thanks to early training from his caring father and daily doses of haloperidol. But the drug has also burned away the once-sharp edge of his creativity, and Paul has been having a hard time earning a living. So when his eccentric Aunt Vivien offers him a job restoring her old house in Lewisboro, New York, Skoglund is glad to accept--even though it will take him away from his 8-year-old son, Mark, who suffers from neurological troubles of his own. It turns out that the house has been savaged by vandals who are apparently linked to several local teenagers who have disappeared in recent months. While state police investigator Morgan Ford pursues the mystery in an official way, Paul and his fearless lover Lia discover that the damage to the house is of unnatural--possibly even demonic--origins. Hecht balances these diverse elements with impressive artistry, all the while making us care for the fate of his characters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
In this debut novel, a monster is haunting Highwood, the large old family home of Paul Skoglund's aunt, Vivien Hoffman. The monster has nearly destroyed the house and its contents, flinging large appliances and furniture about, breaking walls and windows. Or perhaps the vandalism has been done by teenagers, some of whom have since disappeared or died mysteriously. Paul, unemployed and handicapped by Tourette's syndrome, accepts the challenge of restoring the home for his wealthy but unlovable aunt. Aided by his lover, Lia, and a sweetly melancholic cop, Paul begins the repair process while searching for the cause of the destruction. Just as Paul's father helped him learn to handle his compulsive behavior, Paul hopes to help his own son. But Paul's father committed suicide?or did he? A marvelous mix of modern Gothic horror and romance, with a generous helping of bioscience, this is a guaranteed page-turner for Koontz fans with a moderate tolerance for detached body parts.
-?Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Information Svcs., Ridgecrest, Cal.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
However...The Kindle formatting on this really sucks though - names are wrong, words are misspelled our just jammed together. Both books. One of the worst formatting jobs I've seen on a Kindle edition in quite some time unfortunately abd these stories deserve way better. Hopefully future updates will provide a fix.
I'm torn at giving this only a 3 star review. I read this book a long time ago as a paperback and it stuck with me well enough I wanted to re-read on Kindle. The author ties together a really unique concept with some science fiction aspects, a great psychological study, good characterization of the main character's (no spoilers - it's out in the first page or three) internal experience of dealing with Tourrette's, and a neat detective yarn. As a book alone it probably deserves 4 stars at least....I think anyone who likes authors with a little offbeat to them like King and Koontz or the various Connelly and such police procedurals would love this.
However, this is one of those really flipping lazy cheap-arse publisher direct-from-OCR Kindle conversions. You know the ones - that are absolutely LITTERED with typos that a nearsighted dyslexic monkey using his own poo for a brown crayon could have proofread out better. Double-quotations for dialog get rendered as '*, the number 19 in superscript...the mind boggles at the endless variations. Capital "I" as a pronoun ends up as 1, /, |, you name it. One side character's last name (Rizal?) changes (Pazal Razal Pizal Pdzal...) multiple times on the same page.
I almost want to demand my money back - I guess that's the only way publishers will give a handful of the aforementioned monkey feces that they're getting bad reviews for this, but I don't want to rip off the writer of whatever proceeds he's getting from this because the writing is good, I sincerely remember putting the book down the first time and going "whoa!", and I want to re-read it. But this unproofed mess is truly sucking the nostalgia out of it.
Seriously pubs, you've got to get it together.