John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. Obsessed with serial killers, he never wants to be one. Yet terrible impulses constantly tempt him.
Having grown up helping his mom at the family mortuary, dead bodies are no big deal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t ask for the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the clarity to recognize that something is frighteningly different about the freshest body on the slab.
For the first time, John must confront a danger outside his own mind, a threat he cannot control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.
Dan Wells’s debut will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.
"Fans of Jeff Lindsay's Dexter series and its TV spinoff will welcome Wells's gripping debut, the first in a projected trilogy featuring 15-year-old sociopath John Wayne Cleaver. . . . Wells does a good job entering the mind of his unlikely protagonist.”--Publishers Weekly
“Brilliant! Full of unforgettable characters, creepy thrills, and dangerous twists you won't see coming.”--Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author, on I Don't Want to Kill You
“Dazzling and unputdownable.”-- F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author
“The beauty of the prose, mixed with the depth of characterization, gave the haunting, first person narrative a human touch…. Regardless of your age or your genre preferences, you will find this story both profound and enthralling.”--Brandon Sanderson, New York Times Bestselling Author