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Jack Ketchum

Joyride/Road Kill

Joyride (aka “Road Kill”)

Originally published as Joyride in the U.S. and Road Kill in the UK and Japan

Wayne keeps a record of offenses. The kids who trash his fence, the dog that dumps in his yard, the guys who give him stress in the bar… He hasn’t hit back yet, though the urge is strong… He wonders why he hasn’t dared. So far.

Carole doesn’t want to do it but murder seems like the only solution. The only way to solve the problem of her ex… On the sunny mountainside, above the creek, that’s where Carole has the courage to solve her problem. Her lover, Lee, has the baseball bat, but she’s the one with the rock -and the nerve and desperation to crush a man’s skull and pitch him off a mountain…Wayne sees it all…It’s the very best day of his life…it points the way down the road for him. The killing road. And the way he plans it, he and Carole and Lee are all going to do a little travelling together…


1994 Headline (UK edition, as Road Kill, Hardcover)
1995 Berkley Books (Mass-Market Paperback, as Joyride)
1995 Headline (UK edition, as Road Kill, Mass-Market Paperback)
1995 Sperling & Kupfer (Italian Translation, as In Viaggio Con L’Assassino, Hardcover)
1996 Fusosha (Japanese Translation, as Road Kill, Mass-Market Paperback)
2008 Cemetery Dance (Limited Hardcover Edtions, as Joyride)
2009 Heyne Hardcore (German Translation, as Amok Jagd, Trade Paperback)
2010 Leisure Books (Mass-Market Paperback, as Joyride, coupled with the novella Weed Species)
2014 47North (Trade Paperback, as Joyride)