Something is seriously awry in psychometrist Simon Canderous' life when even sacred taco night comes under supernatural fire. Strout's good-hearted, bat-carrying hero is once again faced with extraordinary peril from both bureaucratic paperwork and things that go bump in the night. His skillful blending of the creepy and the wacky give his series an original appeal. Don't miss out!
With his partner Connor still out on a strangely timed vacation, Simon is slowly being flattened by paperwork. Then, as Simon and his ex-cultist girlfriend Jane shop for taco night, they are accosted by a slavering and fanged entity. As Simon and Jane investigate, they stumble across a disheveled Connor in a sorry state, complaining of strange dreams about his long-missing brother Aidan.
When Simon sees something peering in Connor's window he tracks it to the Gibson-Case Center, where he runs into a bureaucratic roadblock. What exactly does this high-rise mall have to do with whatever is haunting Connor? And why does it have a special governor's permit dating back 200 years? Simon has a feeling he's not going to like the answers. (ACE, Mar., 336 pp., $7.99)