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Specters

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On a black April night on Route 123, a silver Mercedes hurtles through the rain. The man inside wears a Rolex watch and a Burberry coat, and carries years of bloody secrets toward his new home and hunting ground...

He knows they wanted him to do it... that they enjoyed it. He keeps a scrapbook—pictures to remember them by: from pale, vulnerable Avra, his Blue Angel, to Mari
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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 1991 by Dell (first published 1991)
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John
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
As a kid, I was prohibited from watching most films rated higher than PG, but my parents had no problem with me reading the novelizations of said movies. (Not sure whether that was a clever literacy promotional strategy or a complete lapse in logic.) As a result, I read A LOT of movie tie-ins, and among my favorites were J.M. Dillard's adaptations of THE FUGITIVE and STAR TREKs V & VI.
SPECTERS is the first original work of hers that I've read, and it's a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand,
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Debra
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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Anthony
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
It's about a child predator. Dark thriller. Not for everyone. If child molestation bothers you, skip this one.
Ward G
Feb 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Maybe should read, book read as far as I could go.
Had this book for years never read.
Guess I did not know actual main theme just thought horror when picked up, seeing cover.

I only made it first chapter, and done with it.
Involves child predator, and calling himself the doctor.
Starts going into how he abuses the young girls, enjoys them.
Considering all of the sick real life happenings out there.

This is not something, I find entertaining in any way.
Find it disturbing, anyone can write this. From th
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Thomas
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, 2018
Even twenty-seven years ago, books about child molester serial killers were cliched. That premise doesn't automatically mean a story using it would be terrible, but Specters doesn't do much original with that idea. That this was one of the first books published under the "Cutting Edge" of the Dell/Abyss line is that much more disappointing.

To be fair, Dillard does a good job with the story. She writes well, and her characterization is convincing. Bruder, the antagonist, could have been evil simp
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J.M. Dillard (born 1954), is a writer of science fiction and horror.

She was born in Florida and studied at the University of South Florida, earning first a BA in Russian and then an MA in Linguistics. After college she taught English as a foreign language at the American University in Washington, D.C., before moving to the West Coast.
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