“Side story to the novel, THE DEVIL’S RIGHT HAND!
*** For more previews of the novel, see THE NIGHT WALK MEN and KRO. ***
For Geoff Saylor, woken in the middle of an ordinary week night, life is about to change. Geoff is a middle-class everyman. He works hard and is good at his desk job downtown. But evenings and weekends are spent with his family in the suburbs. He and his wife have been dreaming about making their middle-class lives just a little bit better. But Geoff is about to get a visitor who brings with him the terrible, bland smell of death. Hold tight. The Night Walk Men are afoot — and the Saylors’ dreams of a better life are put on hold…in shocking fashion.” (description from Goodreads)
This is the third story in The Night Walk Men series or universe (however you’d like to label it) that I’ve read. The others being The Night Walk Men and Kro. I enjoyed those two, and I enjoyed Corinthian, as well.
What really makes this story work for me, like the other two stories, is the narration. The style that McIntyre uses for the way Sperro tells the story draws me in each time. I’m not much a fan of the 2nd person, I almost always despise it, but in McIntyre’s work, I think it’s the only way to get the mood just right.
This story might be short, but it helps hint at the bigger “world view” that the Night Walk Men are involved in. It’s another small glimpse into what they do and who they are. It left me wanting, but not in a painful way. I’m wanting more, and that’ll come when I read The Devil’s Right Hand, which will surely be sooner after reading this story. But it’s also left me wanting in a way that I can be content formulating my own theories about the Night Walk Men. I enjoy a story that’ll make me think beyond the text. McIntyre never fails to make this happen for me.
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JASON MCINTYRE is the #1 Kindle Suspense author of THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, plus his latest: the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards.
His debut novel ON THE GATHERING STORM is cited by readers as an ‘uncomfortably thrilling’ read and earned McIntyre a spot in the Top 20 Debut Authors for the Goodreads Choice Awards.
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