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    Ronald Malfi

ISBN: 9781605425917

December Park

by: Ronald Malfi

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In the quiet suburb of Harting Farms, the weekly crime blotter usually consists of graffiti or the occasional bout of mailbox baseball. But in the fall of 1993, children begin vanishing and one is found dead. Newspapers call him the Piper because he has come to take the children away. But there are darker names for him, too . . .

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Ronald Malfi is the award-winning author of several horror novels, mysteries, and thrillers. In 2009, his crime drama Shamrock Alley won a Silver IPPY Award. In 2011, his ghost story/mystery Floating Staircase was nominated by the Horror Writers Association for best novel; the book also won a Gold IPPY Award for best horror novel. In 2015, his thriller December Park won the Beverly Hills International Book Award for suspense. Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi’s dark fiction has gained acceptance among readers of all genres. He currently lives with his wife and daughter along the Chesapeake Bay, where he is at work on his next book. .   _____________________________________________________________________

Awards and Nominations

Floating Staircase

2012 IPPY Gold Award Winner (Horror)

2011 Bram Stoker Award nominee (Best Novel)

Shamrock Alley 2009 IPPY Silver Award Winner (Mystery/Suspense/Thriller)
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About This Book
Overview

In the quiet suburb of Harting Farms, the weekly crime blotter usually consists of graffiti or the occasional bout of mailbox baseball. But in the fall of 1993, children begin vanishing and one is found dead. Newspapers call him the Piper because he has come to take the children away. But there are darker names for him, too . . .

Vowing to stop the Piper’s reign of terror, five boys take up the search. Their teenage pledge turns into a journey of self-discovery . . . and a journey into the darkness of their own hometown. On the twilit streets of Harting Farms, everyone is a suspect. And any of the boys might be the Piper’s next victim.

Details

ISBN: 9781605425917
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2014
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Some novelists find something that works and they stick with it for years; others like to jump around, experimenting with genres and writing styles. Malfi appears to be one of the latter. Although most of his novels fall into the thriller, horror, or science fiction genres, stylistically they are quite different. This one, about a group of teenage friends living in a Maryland beach community from which some children have gone missing, feels a bit like Stephen King crossed with Dennis Lehane—specifically, the early portions of King’s It melded with Lehane’s Mystic River. But, just like Lehane doesn’t sound very much like King, Malfi doesn’t sound much like either of them. He has his own voice, and he’s telling his own story, one that begins with some disappearances, segues into murder, and ends with a violent confrontation. Malfi is a man of many voices, a sort of literary version of Mel Blanc (the “man of a thousand voices”), but all of his voices are captivating, though none of them quite the same. Horror and crime fans will find much to like here. ~ David Pitt, Booklist