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His touch can heal or harm. His fate is solitary. His agony belongs to us all…

He was born on a day of pain: November 22, 1963. He came of age in agony: that moment of tragedy when fun-loving rock-and-roll deejay Paul Handler discovered the inexplicable power in his own hands.

It is the power to make the wounded whole again. The power to make the lame walk and to heal the si
Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages
Published May 2nd 1992 by Dell (first published 1992)
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Dec 30, 2010 DJMikeG rated it really liked it
First book I've read by Hodge and I was quite impressed. His style is very wordy, sort of the antithesis of the lean, mean prose that is found often in genre writing. The book felt a little long, could of had some extra fat trimmed off to make for a faster read. Overall, though, Hodge is a brilliant writer, effortlessly combining deep moral questions with cutting social commentary and even good old blood and guts. I look forward to reading more of his stuff.
Sep 07, 2013 Eero rated it really liked it
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Picked up at random from my to read pile. Haven't read anything by Hodge before.

There is some deeply twisted stuff in this book. Basically it follows a similar arc of inevitable tragedy as certain Stephen King books where the protagonist has a supernatural power. Hodge tries to make the too-fanciful premise feel more real by dressing it up with real-world details - just like King does - but I feel it is still too much of a stretch for my suspension of disbelief. The characters are generally well
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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Crossroad Press: Deathgrip - Brian Hodge Free giveaway May 16-17 13 11 May 19, 2013 04:04AM  
Brian Hodge, called “a writer of spectacularly unflinching gifts” by Peter Straub, is the award-winning author of ten novels of horror and crime/noir. He’s also written well over 100 short stories, novelettes, and novellas, and four full-length collections. His first collection, The Convulsion Factory, was ranked by critic Stanley Wiater as among the 113 best books of modern horror.

He lives in Col
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