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Heart-shaped box
Joe Hill
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Stoker-winner Hill features a particularly merciless ghost in his powerful first novel. Middle-aged rock star Judas Coyne collects morbid curios for fun, so doesn't think twice about buying a suit advertised at an online auction site as haunted by its dead owner's ghost. Only after it arrives does Judas discover that the suit belonged to Craddock McDermott, the stepfather of one of Coyne's discarded groupies, and that the old man's ghost is a malignant spirit determined to kill Judas in revenge for his stepdaughter's suicide. Judas isn't quite the cad or Craddock the avenging angel this scenario makes them at first, but their true motivations reveal themselves only gradually in a fast-paced plot that crackles with expertly planted surprises and revelations. Hill (20th Century Ghosts) gives his characters believably complex emotional lives that help to anchor the supernatural in psychological reality and prove that (as one character observes) "horror was rooted in sympathy." His subtle and skillful treatment of horrors that could easily have exploded over the top and out of control helps make this a truly memorable debut. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Drawing kudos as the best in horror is Joe Hill's debut novel, Heart-Shaped Box (Morrow. 2007. ISBN 978-0-06-114793-7. $24.95). Judas Coyne often buys macabre objects, but when he purchases a particularly outre artifact, he finds himself in a fight against a malicious and darkly powerful force. Hill's haunted road story is a treat for horror fans and will surprise those who think they dislike the genre. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Jude Coyne
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dMiddle-aged.

Craddock McDermott
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Married
His stepdaughter was one of Jude's ex-girlfriend's who had committed suicide, derermined to avenge his daughter's death.



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