Rampage by Susan Taylor Chehak

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Four critically acclaimed novels . . .
A master of the Midwestern gothic . . .
If you haven't discovered Susan Taylor Chehak:

Welcome to Rampage.

Once again, Chehak has mined her Midwestern roots and produced a highly charged novel where the questions of the present are inextricably bound up with the secrets of the past. In this novel, Chehak sets her story in a small town called Rampage, and as its name implies, it is a place where much violence converges on those whose lives are bound up in its dark history.

Madlen Cramer has come back home with her two young children to be reunited with her childhood friend Rafe, the sexy drifter who has abducted a four-year-old girl from an abusive foster family, leaving the parents for dead. During this hot Iowa summer, the past will refuse to stay past as painful truths begin to emerge: about Rafe's own foster family; about Madlen's marriage, whose bonds had begun to unravel in the months before her husband's tragic accident; and about her beautiful self-absorbed mother, whose passions bring about the devastating entanglement of two families in an embrace that cannot be undone until Rafe has gone on the rampage that will destroy everything in sight and leave readers breathless.

A master of the Midwestern gothic, Susan Taylor Chehak is that rare writer who brings the closely observed detail to a level of storytelling that has earned her both an Edgar nomination and the praise of critics nationwide. Rampage is for people who understand, on every level, that you really can't go home again.
 

About Susan Taylor Chehak

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Chehak has developed several dramatic series pilots for television and taught fiction writing at The University of Southern California and UCLA, Extension.
 
Published December 19, 2011 by Foreverland Press. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror. Fiction

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A thriller that hoards most of its power for the last chapter and even then is not a happy or attractive reading experience.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Rampage

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Named, like Chehak's 1990 Harmony, for the small Midwestern town of its setting, this coolly precise, rather muted gothic thriller opens in Oregon, when Rafe Ramsey steals four-year-old Jolie, whom he

Aug 03 1998 | Read Full Review of Rampage

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