“This bracing supernatural tale easily pulls readers into its dark, disturbing mystery.” —Publishers Weekly
“The American rivals Ellis and Barker in terms of sheer darkness. Thomas combines horror and thriller to merciless effect.” —Laird Barron, author of Swift to Chase
Former U.S. tunnel rat Richard Trenor – disfigured in the war, but left with strange gifts as a result – is summoned back to Vietnam by Thanh, the son of an old friend, to find the man who killed Thanh’s eight-year-old sister. Trenor’s quest for justice will not only cause him to cross paths with two other Americans – one a cold-blooded assassin, the other a bloodthirsty madman – but also a tormented ghost, and an infestation of living evil. Spanning fifty years, The American is a gritty crime thriller laced with the supernatural, set in a vividly rendered Vietnam.
“Peter Straub’s Koko meets Takashi Miike’s Ichi the Killer in this relentless plunge into darkness from Bram Stoker Award® finalist Jeffrey Thomas. Refreshingly ordinary, fallible heroes, wounded physically and spiritually, work to solve a heartbreaking mystery rooted deep in the harrowing and gruesome underworld of human trafficking. Aided by a skin-crawling manifestation of the supernatural, their efforts lead them toward a figure chillingly banal in his unrepentant cruelty, and a bittersweet ending you’ll never see coming.” —Mike Allen, World Fantasy Award-nominated author of Unseaming and Aftermath of an Industrial Accident
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Author: Jeffrey Thomas
Publication Date: October 30, 2020
Paperback: $17.95 plus $3.00 shipping, handling and sales tax. Total price: $20.95
Print Length: 266 pages