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2.89 of 5 stars 2.89  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  3 reviews
In this nightmarish tale, a third-rate detective is faced with an impossible crime, asbodies are turning up without their brains and without any indication of how the organs were removed. His only lead—an attractive landlady—becomes more than a lead and drives him into a world of terror, where his sanity is questioned and he must stop the monster before she does more evil. ...more
Hardcover, 163 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Golden Gryphon Press
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Mar 06, 2012 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
Empties is very noir in tone, something Hitchcock might have cooked up. Although it's a contemporary setting, the story could just as easily have been set in the 40s or 50s, and actually might have benefited from the shift.

When the first "empty" corpse is autopsied, the coroner barely thinks a body with a missing brain is worth mentioning (because he assumes it's a prank), and mentions they only did the autopsy in the first place because they were bored. I'm no legal beagle, but my understanding
Okay so this short little "scare" was easy to finish and kinda disturbing but alas just alright..Okay so this book starts out with the seemingly simple death of a homeless man--seemingly of a heart attack until the autopsy reveals he was emptied of his brain with no forcible entry..Laughed off as a medical student prank the police seek to dismiss it, everyone except diligent and bored Detective Benek who decides it is worth exploring and begins asking questions; As he gets people to get interest ...more
This book reminded me a lot of the David Cronenberg movie, SCANNERS. In other words, "I liked it VERY much."
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