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By David J. Schow

Lucas Ellington's daughter, Kristen, is overwhelmed to dying at a rock live performance held by means of "Whip Hand", the baddest band round. Returning to the area after a 12 months in psychiatric care, Lucas comes to a decision to kill the band contributors one by means of one.

Readers of this primary novel will comprehend why Schow wins awards for his horror tales. Lucas Ellington seeks to avenge his daughter's loss of life at a rock live performance via destroying band individuals one after the other. The final one left alive is compelled to stay as much as a macho photo by way of stalking his stalker in go back. Lucas is a sympathetic personality initially, yet more and more his craziness is published. This novel offers with the darkish aspect of rock tune and media exploitation yet, in a bigger experience, it explores what revenge does to the avenger. photo intercourse, violence, and vulgarity may well flip a few readers off, yet this is often another way strongly steered for horror collections.

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