Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780671743055, 608pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 1992
Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible vision of death that will haunt him forever.
As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that are manifested in Zephyr. From an ancient, mystical woman who can hear the dead and bewitch the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners, Cory must confront the secrets that hide in the shadows of his hometown for his father's sanity and his own life hang in the balance.
In 1991 "Boy s Life" won the World Fantasy Award for best novel. After his next novel, "Gone South", McCammon took a break from writing to spend more time with his family. He did not publish another novel until 2002 s "Speaks the Nightbird". Since then he has followed fixer Matthew Corbett in two sequels, "The Queen of Bedlam" and "Mister Slaughter". His newest novel is "The Five". McCammon and his family continue to live in Birmingham.
"Wonderful...filled with enough adventures, joy, discovery, and heartache for a dozen boys' lifetimes." -- Houston Chronicle
"No one can paint word pictures as vividly as Robert McCammon." -- Sandra Brown
"It's McCammon's The Prince of Tides.... Incredibly moving." -- Peter Straub