Arlen Wagner has seen it in men before-a trace of smoke in their eyes that promises imminent death. He is never wrong.
So when he awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he abandons the train with 19-year-old Paul Brickhill. Soon, they stranded at the Cypress House-directly in the path of a hurricane. There are much deadlier threats than the storm in this place, and Arlen's eerie gift warns that they'll never leave. From its chilling beginning to terrifying end, The Cypress House is a story of relentless suspense from "one of the best of the best" (Michael Connelly).
In the hands of Michael Koryta, the connection between the existential darkness noir stories classically evoke and preternatural forces seems an intractable one. With seeming effortlessness in CYPRESS HOUSE, the author moves his psychically gifted hero through the shady underworld of 1930s Gulf Coast organized crime. Arlen Wagner can tell when someone is going to die. This gnarly knack helps him stay alive, but also gets him into some dangerous situations, like when he and his friend get stranded in an unfamiliar town and mixed up with a beautiful inn-keeper's mobster mess.
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- May 12, 2011
- May 12, 2011
- Michael Koryta