Chasing the Dead by Joe Schreiber

By Joe Schreiber

“You have a truly wonderful little girl,” breathed the voice at the mobilephone. And similar to that, Susan younger is drawn right into a residing nightmare.

A stranger has abducted Sue’s daughter, Veda. yet he doesn’t wish her cash, merely her suffering–and he'll kill Veda if Sue doesn’t stick to his each command. With specified directions, the faceless abductor leads Sue right into a blinding storm from snow at the longest evening of the yr, to a spot she has no longer traveled to considering the fact that youth. The voice at the different finish of the road someway is aware Sue’s private, such a lot chilling secret–an ominous incident from her earlier, buried lengthy ago...
Across the loneliest again roads of Massachusetts, within the black expanse of a brand new England iciness, Sue is compelled to confront her such a lot lousy fears as she is met at each one step via ever expanding horrors created through a monster who's definitely anything below human. within the wish of saving her daughter from a kidnapper whose beginning turns out darker than something she may well ever have imagined, Sue will realize simply how a lot trauma and fright the human physique is in a position to absorbing.

Set over the process a unmarried evening, Chasing the useless is a fast moving, ferociously demanding supernatural mystery. With the ability of masters like Dean Koontz and David Morrell, Joe Schreiber has created a tableau of outrage and horror, dying and destruction, that might draw you in and not allow you to pass.

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Leo, why don’t you—” “Get another jar from the truck and fill it up. ” Yeah, Leo. Do that. **** I put my Willys into reverse and backed away from the curb, a new jar filled with more sewer gunk and the bony hand parts Leo had fished out sitting next to me on the seat. The way I had it figured, the sludge was - 24 - SCARS ON THE FACE OF GOD what made them bones snap up tight to the glass like they did—like the hand was alive—maybe even made the other muck-solids in there look like the bones had meat on them; that had to be it.

Still, I weren’t never one for ponying up to authority that hadn’t really earned it. “Sorry, Mister Volkheimer, but I won’t be doing that. ” I turned my back on him and started off, expecting maybe I’d get a biting comment or two, but what came out of his mouth stopped me cold. “Do what I say now, Hozer, or I’ll have you sacked. ” Hughie didn’t stay upright much long after that, and he was lucky to have come away with only a few fractured ribs and a sore jaw, and the gooey yellow contents of one of them open solvent cans stuffed down the pants of his vested management suit.

Maybe I was a-scared of the Monsignor, too, like some of these folks are, but I came anyway. ” Two sniffling parish nuns turned and raised their pointer fingers to their frumpy lips to shush us, their faces scrunched up like we was diseased. When they straightened up they were facing Sister Irene, her eyes now narrowed at them, her arm still around Heinie and me. The two nuns retreated under their umbrellas and got back to their crying. The crippled old monsignor circled the casket, stopped once on each side to sprinkle it with holy water.

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