- Author: Matthew Costello
- Page Count: 300 pages (print edition)
- Pub. Date: August 30, 2012
- Status: E-Book
"A fast-paced, hard-edged killer of a book. Gripping, compelling..."
— Dean Koontz
by Matthew Costello
About the eBook:
American hostage, Simon Farrell is coming home...to a world he thought he'd never see again. To a wife who has found a new lover. To sleepless nights of torment, haunted by the horrors he has witnessed.
An ex-convict is coming home, too... to kill for the pleasure of killing. To turn terrible memories of mental and physical abuse into brutal realities. To terriorize one perfect family...
By probing the tortured mind of Simon Farrell.
Matthew Costello's best-selling and award-winning work across all media has meshed game play, technology and story. He is the writer and creator of groundbreaking TV, novels, nonfiction books, and games in both the U.S. and U.K.
"Simon Farrell is the tormented hero of this taut page-turner. Taken hostage in Lebanon, he is kept blindfolded, regularly beaten and put in a cell with a hanging corpse, attended by guards whom he mentally labels "Big Shoes" and "Garlic Breath." Farrell escapes, but his return home is far from happy. While he tries to reestablish his life with Lizbeth, his wife, to whom he has become a stranger, a sadistic character is on the loose--a serial killer with the cartoonish name of Donald Pick. Released from prison for his earlier crimes, Pick performs an elaborate mutilation on police consultant Dr. Lane Cubbage: "He quickly mashed the testes in his hands until they collapsed into a hemorrhaging paste." Lieutenant Jack Friedman finally tracks down Pick--otherwise known as "the Meatman"--but not before the killer has gone after Farrell and his wife and daughter, making a mockery of Farrell's homecoming. Costello can write with power and pathos, and he gives his story a tragic twist, but the gratuitous cruelty brutalizes the reader."
— Publishers Weekly