- Series: The Terror Project (Book 3)
- Paperback: 286 pages
- Publisher: Books & Boos Press; 1 edition (June 5, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997932937
- ISBN-13: 978-0997932935
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,413,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Three A.M. Wake-Up Call (The Terror Project) (Volume 3) Paperback – June 5, 2018
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About the Author
DAVID DANIEL was born in Boston. He is the author of many novels, including the prize-winning Alex Rasmussen private eye series (The Heaven Stone, The Skelly Man, Goofy Foot, and The Marble Kite-all St. Martin's Press). Other books include White Rabbit, a novel of the 1960s, and Reunion. His short fiction is collected in Six Off 66 and Coffin Dust. His most recent book is Inflections & Innuendos, a collection of flash stories from The Storyside Press.
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Pour two fingers of whiskey, pull up a chair, and enjoy the ride. And by the way, leave the light on.
The stories themselves don’t necessarily include a phone call, but draw upon similar shared universal experiences, such as the related late knock on the door, or “breaking news” bulletins, the kinds of things that interrupt your normal routine, sometimes with the inexplicable or dangerous.
In the dark, fun, twisted “Chew Toys,” by Nick Cato, the emphasis is definitely on both. It’s a take on the infamous ‘Son of Sam’ killings … but what if Berkowitz wasn’t crazy, what if there WAS a talking dog who could influence people to do terrible things? What if Berkowitz had only been a test drive, and now the dog is gathering a whole team? What if the dog’s got a vendetta? Who’s going to believe it?
“Clinton Road” by Rob Watts pulls the rug out from under a woman’s life, flinging her from happily married big-city socialite into pending-divorcee living alone in a rundown cabin on a creepy stretch of road where urban legends outnumber actual neighbors. Must say, I didn’t care for this one as much because Melissa’s character annoyed me; I spent more time wanting to smack her than sympathize.
David Daniel’s “Roons” deftly combines elements of the classic coming-of-age and the return-to-the-hometown. An email about a former neighbor’s funeral stirs Erik’s memories of childhood crushes and frowned-upon friendships, and leads him to a hoarder’s storage unit, where he uncovers some disturbing secrets of the past. Reminiscent of Hill, or King without the bloat; good stuff.
In Nick Cato’s “Chew Toys,” The Summer of Sam (1977, remember that?) is succeeded by The Autumn of Harvey. Son of Sam has been locked up by the time the story opens, but the killings continue, and at first these latter killings appear to be a continuation of the summer terror until, well into the story, it is revealed that the autumnal “victims” have earned their decapitations by an act they thought of as routine and perfunctory. They made the mistake of thoughtlessly destroying the future of the mastermind of all the vengeful murders.
Rob Watts offers “Clinton Road,” a variation of the “stranger comes to town” type, except that the central character of the story is not a stranger but a young divorcee (Melissa) whom we first see as she is being expelled from her married home in an upscale NYC apartment to a downscale rustic cabin in New Jersey (a strange place). Scary things happen to her, including night chases by a mysterious truck, one stranger standing in her yard and another on a nearby hiking trail, a break-in, and the theft of her dog. It gets to the point where she feels that the only person she can trust is her oldest, dearest friend. Then things get worse.
The third story, “Roons,” by David Daniel, is the most ambitious of the collection. Daniel manages to keep us curious to the end of this longish tale by a clever sequence of plot turns that show why he has had such great success in the detective genre with his series featuring Alex Rasmussen, PI, of Lowell, MA. The title (does it mean “ruins,” “runes,” or something else?) suggests levels of meaning that are still unlayering themselves at the end of the story.
I recommend these stories as excellent summer reading, especially for those of you who are wont to read at night when you are alone.
you from your seemingly secure nest into the uncanny: that paradoxical binary of the homely reassuring everyday and ordinary and the unhomely, the unearthed, gnashing outer dark. The unsettling dislocation is most experienced in David Daniel's 'Roons,' when the warmyly voluble, nostalgic
narrator journeys back in time and space to his childhood home. But this archetypal return is fraught, the road back mined with IUDs. We are
lulled by the returner's flashbacks, sweetly yarned recollections, anecdotal nuggets, and then the nostalgic collides with the uncanny. This is a tale
where we can have our cake and get scared too. This wake up call's for you.