In this first part of her Gothic mystery trillogy, best-selling author Joyce Carol Oates introduces Xavier Kilgarvan: romantic hero and amateur detective. He must discover who has murdered an innocent babe while it slept in his mother's arms. This turn-of-the-century tale of monstrous deeds and heart-stopping suspense will leave you eagerly looking for the next Kilgarvan case.
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by Joyce Carol Oates
by Stephen B. Oates
by Mary Elise Monsell
by Dorothy Gilman
"This ghoulish fantasy, with its feel of a lush, ornately written nineteenth-century Gothic mystery, certainly stretches the limits of our credibility. A mural come to life? Angels seduce? Impossible! John McDonough, with his rich, fatherly voice; even, controlled pace; and almost comforting tone soothes the listener into a kind of complacency that renders the gory murders done at the sleepy village of Winterthurn almost believable. What's even more frightening? The lascivious angels of Oates's imagination might actually come to resemble us, the supernatural become natural, and our worst fears be realized. In short, though McDonough's reading may be "ordinary," it's designedly and horribly so. P.E.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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