By Brian Keene
Spectra Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553587388, 320pp.
Publication Date: May 31, 2005
Tommy O Brien once hoped to leave his run-down industrial hometown. But marriage and fatherhood have kept him running in place, working a job that doesn t even pay the bills. And now he seems fated to stay for the rest of his life. Tommy's just learned he's going to die young and soon. But he refuses to leave his family with less than nothing especially now that he has nothing to lose.
Over a couple of beers with his best friends, John and Sherm, Tommy launches a bold scheme to provide for his family's future. And though his plan will spin shockingly out of control, it will throw him together with a child whose touch can heal and whose ultimate lesson is that there are far worse things than dying.
“A powerful, unique novel with a fascinating plot and characters, and echoes of Stephen King's working-class voice."