When treasure hunters excavate the long-lost wreck of the Steamship Arcadia from a Kansas corn field, a buried creature awakens - a mindless brute made of accursed earth, shaped like a man, but in no way mortal. A century and a half after its creation, the golem’s sole mission resumes: to assassinate a savage pro-slavery guerilla commander named “Bloody Bill” Wolcott. Wolcott, of course, is long dead, but his closest surviving descendant - a corporate IT burnout named Ben Middleton - is quite available.
Ben’s life hasn’t exactly gone according to plan, and he’s learned from experience to expect the worst. But he’s never faced the kind of doom posed by a 150-year-old mud monster with no “off” switch. And that’s not even his biggest problem. Because there’s one last stop in Bloody Bill’s bloodline: Ben’s teenage son, Charley. Ben would do anything to protect Charley - if he doesn’t strangle the kid himself first.
Ben’s only hope lies in a motley crew of protectors: the descendant of the creature’s original handler; the intriguing new hire from work; and his fellow nerds from First Floor IT. And if he survives, Ben faces an even worse fate: His 40th birthday is right around the corner.
"Kill Monster is a yarn of magic and the Midwest, and it's as funny and wild as it sounds. For a long while now, Sean Doolittle has been one of the best crime novelists working, and with Kill Monster, he is making a serious bid to take over the fantasy field as well." (Owen King, number one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Sleeping Beauties)
"This bold, ambitious, and wildly entertaining supernatural thriller is a true joy. Kill Monster hits on every cylinder, delivering action, suspense, thrills, and chills all with originality and wit, and in the midst of the excitement offering a father-son story of deep emotional resonance. A page-turning winner." (Michael Koryta, New York Times best-selling author of Rise the Dark)
"With heart, humor, genuine thrills, an intriguing premise, and a cinematic climax guaranteed to keep you turning pages, Kill Monster is the Sean Doolittle novel you've been waiting for. It's hardly my job to tell Simon Pegg what his next film project should be...but it should be this." (Victor Gischler, award-winning author of the Ink Mage trilogy)