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Black house : a novel
Stephen King and Peter Straub
Adult Fiction KING

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Today's literature is plagued by sequelitis; plagued because many of the offspring are abominations. But here's a marvelous exception. Seventeen years after King and Straub's first collaboration, The Talisman, comes an immensely satisfying follow-up, a brilliant and challenging dark fantasy that fans of both authors are going to love. Page by page, the novel reads as equal parts King and Straub, with the Maine master's exuberance and penchant for excess restrained by Straub's generally more elegant (though no more potent) approach. But the book, far more than its predecessor, is set explicitly in the King universe, with particular ties to the Dark Tower series. Its primary hero is The Talisman's Jack Sawyer, now retired from the LAPD and living with no memory of his otherwordly Talisman exploits, alone in French Landing, Wisconsin a town surveyed by the authors in an unusual third-person plural narration that buoys the book throughout. Terror stalks French Landing in the form of the Fisherman, who's been snatching, killing and eating the town's children. We know that the Fisherman is a resident of the town's elderly care facility, but Jack doesn't; when yet another child, Ty Marshall, is taken, Jack enters the hunt for the killer and the boy. He's joined by an array of locals, notably a gang of philosopher bikers and blind Henry Leyden, a 50-something cool cat whom every reader will adore. Jack is going to need all their help, and more, because The Fisherman is controlled by a malignant entity from End-World, where the Crimson King aims to unravel the fabric of all the universes. It's to blighted End-World, via the portal of the Black House a creepy local house painted black that Jack and others travel to rescue Ty, in the novel's frantic conclusion. The book abounds with literary allusions, many to the King-verse, and readers not familiar with King's work and particularly with The Talisman may feel disoriented, especially at first. But there's so much here to revel in, from expertly excuted sequences of terror, awe or passion the novel is a deep reservoir of genuine emotion to some of the most wonderful characters to spring from a page in years, to a story whose energy is so high and craft so accomplished that most readers will wish it ran twice its great length. What is probably the most anticipated novel of the year turns out to be its most memorable to date, a high point in both the King and Straub canons. This will be a monster bestseller, and deservedly so. 2 million first printing. (One-day laydown Sept. 15) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Jack Sawyer, the 13-year-old hero of The Talisman, has grown up, worked as a police detective in Los Angeles, and retired at age 35 to French Landing, WI. There he gets caught up in a series of bizarre events that reawaken his memories and initiate new experiences in a parallel universe called the "Territories." Part murder mystery and part mythic end-of-the-world struggle, Black House has something for everyone, played out by a memorable and varied cast of characters. Frank Muller clearly has a great time delivering his usual superlative character vocalizations; he has many fans of his own among regular audio listeners, and the combination of Muller, King, and Straub will justifiably be in high demand. Highly recommended.-Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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main characters Jack Sawyer
Male
Age: 30s
Retired
Has no memories of his childhood experience in the "otherworld".
Police detective

Henry Leyden
Male
Age: 50s
Blind

The Fisherman
Serial killer
Kidnaps and consumes children.



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