From award-winning writer Gary A. Braunbeck comes Prodigal Blues, his first foray into non-supernatural horror.

After he unearths himself stranded at a truck cease in Missouri, Mark Sieber will get one of many greatest shocks of his lifestyles while he acknowledges the face of a bit woman on a lacking poster as belonging to an analogous little woman he observed just a couple of mins sooner than. having a look round for a few signal of her, he comes again to his desk within the eating place to discover the little lady sitting there, anticipating him.

"I'm sorry, mister," is all she turns out able to asserting.

As the police and media start to converge at the truck cease, Mark retreats again to his inn room to name his spouse and allow her understand what is going on, in basic terms to be taken hostage through an analogous those that published the little woman. yet his abductors are little greater than youngsters themselves.

Ranging in a while from 12 to 19, Mark's abductors are within the technique of escaping from a sadistic pedophile recognized to them merely as "Grendel" - a guy whose practices comprise torture and mutilation particularly, mutilation of the face.

Mark's abductors have all been mutilated by means of Grendel who could be very shut in the back of them and wish an individual with a "normal face" to aid them perform their plan for justice and returning domestic.

For the following couple of days, Mark will come to appreciate not just the inhuman horror that those young children have suffered, yet how they ultimately realized to struggle again and the way they found that Grendel and his practices are on the heart of a really complicated community catering to those that tastes run towards the molestation and mutilation of kids.

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