Serial killer Frank Haid, dubbed the Painkiller by Chicago police and media, murders 18 people - all paralytics. Commanded by an unseen presence that he calls ''Father'' and that speaks in the voice of an uncle whose rotting corpse he keeps in the living room, Haid destroys his victims (what's left of them) and evidence in a way that puzzles police.
Hardest hit are residents of Marclinn, a home for the handicapped, where survivors decide they must track down the madman themselves. Their efforts bring them into contact with Chicago's weird underworld - including junkie/murderers and a deformed prostitute whose head grows out her chest - and their own true selves. Crippled physically and emotionally, Marclinn inhabitants must overcome their limitations before taking on their nemesis.
Their unlikely front man is Evan Shustak, who is the novel's centerpiece. He dons his superhero outfit - wrist braces, a "utility belt" from which hang bags of vitamins and aspirin, and a plaid heating pad for a cape, then announces: "Crippled and insane, I am the American Dream!"
©2010 Wayne Allen Sallee (P)2010 CrossRoad Press
"Sallee's characters in The Holy Terror are like nothing we've seen since Flannery O'Conner sent Hazel Motes into the big city in her seminal novel Wise Blood. Like O'Conner, Sallee has the talent to make his repulsive denizens of the street readable with an absurd sense of humor. Of course, he also has the talent to make them extremely terrifying, and in the first part of the novel, he spends a good deal of time doing just that." (Rick Kleffel, Agony Column Reviews)
This book is filled with very real, very gritty characters from the streets of Chicago - the sort of people society forgets and kicks to the curb, or ignores completely. When a killer drops in among them, it's as difficult to get the attention of the authorities as it is to find the killer - and the killer himself, in this case, is also a flawed prophet. His motives are pure, if that makes sense. This books, much like American Psycho, is not going to work for everyone. Given the chance to draw you in, it never lets go.
This novel is totally unique. First of all, it requires your total attention. Secondly, every character has disabilities of varying levels. And its style is more postmodern and literary than your typical easy-reading, quick-scare horror novel. The Holy Terror requires a discerning, intelligent, open-minded reader. You haven't encountered anything like it before - and you won't again.
The opening - a conflagration at an orphanage - is memorable, but there are memorable scenes and characters throughout.
Good gruff, noir voice.
Maybe NO HEROES. Or EVERYONE DIES. Or THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE AMERICAN DREAM.
Pay attention. There are layers upon layers here. No one but Wayne Allen Sallee could have written this - look up his bio. Look at his blog. Completely unique life and point of view.
This guy is a stephen king wanna be . Use the same words and sometimes even the same phrases. I spent a credit on it so I listened to it the whole way through. I have never written a review on any book..even those I loved. So that should tell you how bad I think this book is. If you value your time..,and your credits spend both elsewhere
Ive listened to hundreds of books and this one is the worst ! Just nasty no story line and terrible reader ! Bad Bad Bad !
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