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4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Barely into their teens, without homes, they dwell in neon shadows, the violent eddies of urban America. They trade their innocence for money, abuse their hopes, and then a monster comes...

A monster without fangs or claws, but more deadly. Because of them, he has lost everything: his wife, his family. And he vows to clean the streets of Chicago...for good.

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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 5th 1992 by Dell
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Brian Steele
Sep 08, 2010 Brian Steele rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, thriller
Human misery and suffering can come in many forms. Regardless, I've never seen it delivered in a book with such brutal realism, with such heartbreaking force. This book took me longer than usual to finish, not because it was bad, but because after only a few chapters I'd have to put it down to go play with my damn cats or watch something stupid on TV.

Yeah, the book is filled with THAT much despair. Don't get me wrong... I'm considering that a good thing. It's because it wasn't brought to us ham-
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I have said (since I discovered this author) that no one can bring out emotions and real issues in stories like Rick R. Reed can. Penance proves that. I've read more books than I could ever count. I have been a huge fan of horror and thrillers for as long as I've been old enough to hold a book in my hand. Of all those books, not one has affected me the way this book did. This is the most real story I have ever read and it brought out emotions
K.Z. Snow
Aug 12, 2011 K.Z. Snow rated it it was amazing
As usual from Rick Reed, a masterly treatment of a very disturbing subject. This book is not for the faint of heart.

What I found most terrifying about it was the reminder that twisted SOBs like Dwight Morris do, in fact, exist. I once had to testify in the murder trial of a man who shared some traits with Morris, a trial that took place not far north of Chicago at the time the Dahmer case broke.


I so wished for a happier fate for Jimmy, though. For some reason, I warmed to this char
Oct 02, 2016 Anthony rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-collection
My oh my was this a very bleak story. Gritty and realistic. Brutal.
Stephen King endorsed the entire Dell Abyss Horror line. Here is his blurb:

"Thank you for introducing me to the remarkable line of novels currently being issued under Dell's Abyss imprint. I have given a great many blurbs over the last twelve years or so, but this one marks two firsts: first unsolicited blurb (I called you) and the first time I have blurbed a whole line of books. In terms of quality, production, and plain old story-telling reliability (that's the bottom line, isn't it), Dell's
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Mar 16, 2013 Chris Beatty rated it it was amazing
One reviewer says this is not for the faint of heart,...that is a so true! This is poignant! wonderfully paced and masterfully suspenseful.
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Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The ...more
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