Author: Bentley Little
Original language: English
It begins in a small Southwestern town. Then it spreads. Across the country a series of strange deaths have overtaken the living. And a stranger compulsion has overtaken the dead.
In a travesty of life they drift with bizarre purpose toward an unknown destination. The walkers have become an obsession for investigator Miles Huerdeen. His father is one of them.
Now, lured into the shadow of the restless dead, Miles is a step closer to a secret as old as time … to a reality as dark as hell. For Miles is following them into the deep end of an unfathomable nightmare.
From Publishers Weekly
The overwhelming sense of doom with which Little (The Revelation) imbues his newest novel is so palpable it seems to rise from the book like mist. Flowing seamlessly between time and place (from the present-day hassles of HMOs to the once-uncharted territory of the American West), the Bram Stoker Award- winning author’s ability to transfix his audience while relinquishing scant details about the foreboding evil is superb. Private investigator Miles Huerdeen is on a mission to find a link between the victims in a bizarre nationwide string of deaths dating back decades, his own recurring nightmares and an elderly client’s prophetic handwritten list of dead men’s names. Miles’s world is suddenly turned upside down when he discovers his own father – who suffered a fatal stroke – purposefully striding around his bedroom, naked except for a pair of cowboy boots, having scared off his “God-Fearing Christian” nurse. Miles’s obsession with his father’s transformation into a zombie leads him to the families of other dead “walkers” and on a supernatural journey into the Arizona desert. Readers will gladly suspend disbelief for Little’s deft touch for the terrifying, as he slowly reveals a shocking connection between the mindless army of reanimated corpses and their ultimate destination, Wolf Canyon, formerly a government-sponsored witch colony, where a vengeful resident’s evil powers have yet to be fully unleashed. If booksellers are on their toes, they’ll tell readers that Stephen King, a big fan of Little’s work, was reading another book by this author at the time of his infamous accident. This novel has the potential to be a major sleeper in the horror category.