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The Woman

The Woman is the powerful story of the last survivor of a feral tribe of cannibals who have terrorized the east coast from Maine into Canada for years now. Badly wounded in a battle with police, she takes refuge in a cave overlooking the sea.

 

Christopher Cleek is a slick, amoral – and unstable – country lawyer, who, out hunting one day, sees her bathing in a stream. Fascinated, he follows her to her cave.

 

Cleek has many dark secrets and to these he’ll add another. He will capture her, lock her in his fruit cellar, and tame her, civilize her. To this end he’ll enlist his long-suffering wife Belle, his teenage son and daughter Brian and Peg, and even his little girl Darlin’, to aid him.

 

So the question becomes, who is more savage? The hunter or the game?

 

Also includes the short story, Cow, which takes place a year after the novel ends.

Stranglehold

Lydia McCloud meets Arthur Danse at a wedding party in Plymouth, N.H., and she thinks he’s a man she could grow to love.

 

Arthur sees things differently. In Lydia, he sees the sort of woman people always want to protect. He decides he’s going to show her “she wouldn’t always be protected.”

 

Once their only child, Robert, is born, Arthur’s behavior worsens. When courts become involved, the nightmare really begins.

 

This scathing novel is an indictment of a justice system that makes a mockery of its very name.

The Crossings

It’s the Arizona Territory, 1848 – the year the Mexican War ended. Fate and blazing pistols have just thrown together reporter and part-time drunk Marion T. Bell and the very nearly legendary mustang and scout John Charles Hart in the Little Fanny Saloon in the town of Gable’s Ferry. A rough place in a lawless era.

 

Then one night Hart, Bell, and easygoing giant Mother Knuckles stumble upon Elena, a fierce, young, badly wounded Mexican woman, near the banks of the Colorado. She tells them about the torment she and her sister have endured at the hands of las hermanas de lupo, the deadly Valenzura Sisters and their henchman, Paddy Ryan, at the well-manned slave-camp across the river, aptly called Garanta el Diablo – Mouth of the Devil.

 

It’s just three hundred years since Cortez. Only three hundred years since the Old Gods of Mexico were in their full and fearsome flower. Tezcatlipoca, god of the moon and the night. Tlazolteotl, Eater of Filth. Xipe, Lord of the Flayed. Blood for rain. Blood for bounty. For many, like the Valenzura Sisters, they have never died.

 

And Elena’s sisters’s still there.

Ladies’ Night

Ladies’ Night is a non-stop rollercoaster ride of sheer nerve-rattling terror, deemed too violent for mass-market publication. In this modern tale of the ages-old battle of the sexes carried to the extreme, Jack Ketchum again provides readers with an excursion into horror as relentless as a John Woo film.

 

A word of caution, this book contains scenes of extreme violence, and is definitely not for the faint of heart.

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