In the exciting new psychological thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, a famous crime writer struggles to differentiate between his own reality and the frightening plot lines he's created for the page.
Jerry Grey is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter-a name that has been keeping readers at the edge of their seats for more than a decade. Recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of forty-nine, Jerry's crime writing days are coming to an end. His twelve books tell stories of brutal murders committed by bad men, of a world out of balance, of victims finding the darkest forms of justice. As his dementia begins to break down the wall between his life and the lives of the characters he has created, Jerry confesses his worst secret: The stories are real. He knows this because he committed the crimes. Those close to him, including the nurses at the care home where he now lives, insist that it is all in his head, that his memory is being toyed with and manipulated by his unfortunate disease. But if that were true, then why are so many bad things happening? Why are people dying?
Hailed by critics as a "masterful" (Publishers Weekly) writer who consistently offers "ferocious storytelling that makes you think and feel" (The Listener) and whose fiction evokes "Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers"(Kirkus Reviews), Paul Cleave takes us down a cleverly twisted path to determine the fine line between an author and his characters, between fact and fiction.
Releases August 4, 2015
** My 5-Star Review **
I am still trying to wrap my head around this book... I keep asking myself which was real and which wasn't--the ending that is. This book definitely got my heart rate up and sitting on the edge of my seat. I literally was dancing in my seat with anticipation.
This book is told from two different times... One being when Jerry found out he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and the other being his current life with Alzheimer's. It is written with such poetry that I could see the book happening right in front me. I felt like I was in the book right along with Jerry. I could feel his confusion, anger and anguish.
I couldn't tell what was up and what was down, eventually. I figured it out, then was disproved. Then figured it out again, then disproved again. Eventually I was wrong and right the whole time. What a genius Paul is! His writing is spot-on. I haven't read a thriller-mystery that I truly loved and wanted to shout over the rooftops for everyone to read in a very long time... Actually, not since Joe Conlan's Nameless a couple of years ago. Thank you Paul... You have found a new fan right here!