Ben McKelvie believes he's moving up in the world when he and his fiancée buy a house in the cushy Washington, DC, suburb of Barcroft. Instead he's moving down - way down - thanks to Madeleine Roux, the crazy neighbor whose vermin-infested property is a permanent eyesore and looming hazard to public health.
First Ben's fiancée leaves him; then his dog dies, apparently killed by a predator drawn into Barcroft by Madeleine's noxious menagerie. But the worst is yet to come for Ben, for he's not dealing with any ordinary wild animal. This killer is something much, much worse. Something that couldn't possibly exist - in this world.
Now, as a devilish creature stalks the locals, Ben resolves to take action. With some grudging assistance from a curator at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the crackpot theories of a self-styled cryptozoologist, he discovers the sinister truth behind the attacks, but knowing the Beast of Barcroft and stopping it are two different animals.
©2015 Bill Schweigart (P)2016 Tantor
"[A] swift and breezy suburban creature feature." (Publishers Weekly)
oh hell. just read it.
Yes. The creature in the woods. It has been done before. But Bill Schweigart has done it right. No, he's done it better. There are moments of actual suspense herein, and moments of surprise. Real people with problems are dealing with The Beast of Barcroft. It does have a bit of a B-movie feel, but I'd easily give it B+ for its added attention to detail.
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