Mr. Shivers by Robert Jackson Bennett

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It is the time of the Great Depression.

Thousands have left their homes looking for a better life, a new life. But Marcus Connelly is not one of them. He searches for one thing, and one thing only: Revenge.

Because out there, riding the rails, stalking the camps, is the scarred vagrant who murdered Connelly's daughter.

One man must face a dark truth and answer the question - how much is he willing to sacrifice for his satisfaction?

About Robert Jackson Bennett

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Robert Jackson Bennett was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, the Sydney J. Bounds Award, and an Edgar Award, he is the author of the novels Mr. Shivers, The Company Man, The Troupe, and American Elsewhere. Find out more about the author at
Published December 2, 2009 by Orbit. 336 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Set during the Great Depression and reading like a collaboration between Stephen King and John Steinbeck, this remarkably assured first novel relates a good man’s desperate travels through th

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Then, of course, there's the supernatural thriller-come-horror, which is muted at first and comes almost languorously to the fore - Connelly is not an impulsive or hasty man and the book's pace perfectly matches his very internalised character.

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Fantasy Literature

Even as one hears the echoes of Stephen King’s Dark Tower sequence in the events of Mr. Shivers (Connelly is the gunslinger, the scarred man the man in black), it is evident that Bennett is trying to say something new about his themes.

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His target is a scarred man called Mr Shivers, a figure who haunts the tales of campfires like a malicious spectre, and as Connelly closes in on his target, he finds he is not the only person searching for Shivers with murder in mind.

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Joining up with similarly driven individuals, Connelly searches Depression-era America for a killer, the mysterious title character recognizable by distinctive facial scars.

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