By J. Kent Messum
From award-winning writer J. Kent Messum, a serial killer mystery for lovers of The Straw males and The Shining Girls.
LIFE is going ON
For a fortunate few, dying is only an inconvenience. With the aid of expertise the brain can continue to exist lengthy after a physique has been laid to leisure. This afterlife, even though, is much from paradise . . .
MAKING A LIVING
Rhodes is a 'Husk'. It's an unlawful, debatable and hugely profitable activity - renting out keep an eye on of his physique and brain to the top bidder. It's a convinced technique to achieve a greater lifestyles, yet a few consumers cross too a long way. occasionally, he wakes up with scars.
MAKING A KILLING
Then the visions begin - negative attractions that hang-out his waking hours. they can be goals, or they can be anything a long way worse - they only can be thoughts . . .
Praise for J. Kent Messum:
'Raw, visceral, robust ... could make you query what it truly is to be human' Nick Cutter
'Pacy and mind-blowing, Husk is a show off for a wild and scary imagination' Andrew Pyper
'Disturbing, pulse-pounding and completely surprising' Megan Abbott, Edgar Award-winning writer of Dare Me
'The stakes might be no greater during this crisply written, fast paced novel that examines the moving line among correct and flawed, strong and evil ... Will hold readers turning pages overdue into the night' Lori Roy, Edgar-Award-winning writer of Bent Road and Until She Comes Home
'A powerhouse debut ... A spell binding, one-sitting read' Steve Ulfelder, Edgar-Award finalist writer of Purgatory Chasm and The entire Lie
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The gold I got out of Sam Hegg's mine ain't been more than about a hun- 45 How to Write a Damn Good Mystery 46 dred and fifty grand, total, and that ain't no lie. But I've been real careful not to do anything stupid like spend a lot in one place. I sell the nuggets off as I go— telling people I bought them at the bar off guys who bring it in. I'm content, a happy man. I blow my cool and have to beat the crap out of somebody once in a while when I'm acting as a deputy, or in the bar with some drunk, but most of the time I keep a lid on my temper.
I've been in the writing racket for a few decades now and, the horrible truth is, I've never been able to figure out what editors will find mildly interesting story-wise, let alone what will make them flip. I've heard other writers, agents, and even editors say that they know this trend is hot, this other trend is not; that Ideas to Get You Started small-town mysteries, say, are in, hard-boiled are out; that cross-genre books or some such are the next trend, the wave of the future. It's all a bunch of pap.
31 32 How to Write a Damn Good Mystery O u r murderer will be evil. We know a murderer is a mythic "evil one" and an evil one always acts out of his or her own self-interest. An evil one is the golden star at the center of his or her own universe. Our murderer will be self ish. Sure, we've all read books in which the murderer does the deed for a good cause, heroically, but this motif almost always results in a weak climax. " If the murderer is not acting out of his or her own self-interest and instead is self-sacrificing and acting heroically, the reader is robbed of this satisfaction, which is, after all, one of the principal reasons the reader bought the book in the first place.