Appalachian Book of the Dead
ETHEREAL TALE OF HUNGRY GHOSTS
A psychopathic killer disappears into the mountains and haunts the troubled residents. After the murderous Angel Jones escapes from a prison work crew, he mysteriously vanishes deep into the North Carolina woods forcing newcomers Cal and Joy McAlister to deal with his macabre presence lingering in the secluded forest. Burdened with grief, guilt, and unfilled dreams, Cal and Joy are joined by an oddball handyman and a young detoxing neighbor as they grapple with the enigma of Angel’s menacing specter. Each of them brings their private ghosts to live and gives their worst fears flesh. This Southern Gothic tale blends ancient metaphysics with tantalizing thrills to make readers keenly aware of the wonders and woes of the world.
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In this novel, Dale Neal reaches out and grabs you by the throat in his opening scenes of mayhem, in the acts of an escaped con engulfed in the flames of his own mind, who sets an innocent man on fire to further enjoy what could have been a simple act of stealing a car.
– Sam Hudson
Neal smoothly, vividly unfolds the dramas in the lives of characters who hope to reinvent themselves, to reckon with the ghosts of their former lives, to move, at last, through the in-between condition in order to know how to truly be themselves.
– Kevin McIlvoy, author of At the Gate of All Wonder and 57 Octaves Below Middle C
This has to be one of the best mystery thrillers I have ever had the pleasure of reading, Dale Neal is a genius writer whose books I have read more than time each. I also have purchased multiple copies of this one for friends and family.