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Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
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Starred Review. Stoker-winner Hill features a particularly merciless ghost in his powerful first novel. Middle-aged rock star Judas Coyne collects morbid curios for fun, so doesn't think twice about buying a suit advertised at an online auction site as haunted by its dead owner's ghost. Only after it arrives does Judas discover that the suit belonged to Craddock McDermott, the stepfather of one of Coyne's discarded groupies, and that the old man's ghost is a malignant spirit determined to kill Judas in revenge for his stepdaughter's suicide. Judas isn't quite the cad or Craddock the avenging angel this scenario makes them at first, but their true motivations reveal themselves only gradually in a fast-paced plot that crackles with expertly planted surprises and revelations. Hill (20th Century Ghosts) gives his characters believably complex emotional lives that help to anchor the supernatural in psychological reality and prove that (as one character observes) "horror was rooted in sympathy." His subtle and skillful treatment of horrors that could easily have exploded over the top and out of control helps make this a truly memorable debut. (Feb.)
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  Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
William Morrow 1st Hardcover edition, Date published 2007, ISBN 978-0061147937, 376 pages
First US trade edition, states First Edition on copyright page, with number line from 10 through 1, in a dust jacket priced at $24.95 Search for other copies
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Gollancz Limited Hardcover edition, Date published 2007
1st UK edition, released in both a trade edition and a signed limited edition of 1300 copies. The limited edition comes in a foil-covered slipcase. Search for other copies
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