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Firefly rain
Dansky, Richard E.
Adult Fiction DANSKY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Videogame creator Dansky displays some remarkable writing talent in his debut, a supernatural thriller that effectively breathes life into one of the genre?s staples-the haunted house. Jacob Logan returns to the small North Carolina town of Mayfield five years after his mother?s death. Logan, whose business venture in Boston has just failed, is looking for a change of pace, and hopes to find some meaning by taking up temporary residence in the house he grew up in. A series of bizarre occurrences soon threaten that hope: his furniture and most of his possessions are incinerated in a highway explosion; his car is stolen, only to reappear and almost run him down; and he gets creepy vibes from the house?s caretaker, who had carried a torch for Logan?s mother. The most disturbing manifestation of a supernatural presence comes from the fireflies, who refuse to cross into Logan?s property and who die when he brings them over the invisible boundary. Dansky convincingly portrays Logan?s isolation and terror, and subtly gives glimpses of the forces arrayed against him. The author?s insights into human nature and ease with expressive language bode well for future fiction from his pen. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

When his Boston-based business fails, Jacob Logan returns to his North Carolina hometown to take a brief respite before once more seeking his fortune elsewhere. After settling into his now empty family home, maintained by an elderly caretaker hired after the deaths of Logan's parents, Jacob discovers that neither peace nor quiet is within his reach as strange events conspire to cut his contacts with the outside world. Soon, Logan realizes that his life and that of anyone he cares about depend on solving the puzzle whose pieces lie in his house, in the strange behaviors of the townspeople, and in the tantalizing mystery of the fireflies. Dansky's ability to build terror slowly and talent for hiding his clues in plain sight demonstrate an attraction to old-fashioned, classic horror. The author of the "Exalted: Trilogy of the Second Age" series (Chosen of the Son; Beloved of the Dead; Children of the Dragon) and as well as a writer and designer of video games, Dansky now exhibits his talent for original supernatural fiction in this tightly paced tale of mystery and terror. A good choice for most horror collections. [Discoveries is a new fantasy-tinged speculative fiction imprint that expands the publisher's scope beyond its traditional shared-world boundaries.-Ed.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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