Black House

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Black House (Hardcover, 2001, HarperCollins Publishers)

Hardcover, 625 pages

English language

Published Sept. 22, 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers.

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French Landing, Wisconsin - home of Kingsland Beer, the Piggly Wiggly supermarket, Goltz's farm implements, Maxton's old folk's home and Radio WDCU, the voice of the Coulee Country. A comfortable, solid middle-American town inhabited by comfortable, solid middle-Americans - and a serial killer.

Ten-year-old Irma Freneau's mutilated body lies in the rotting ruins of Ed's Eats, Ice Cream & Dawgs in the woods close to the Black House. No one has discovered her yet; no one, that is, except for a host of flies and a wild dog. But her severed foot, complete with size 5 New Balance sneaker and an obscene note, is about to make its way home to French Landing, packed into a shoebox.

Slippage is occurring in the Coulee Country. Three children have been lost to the world. Three children: slaughtered by a fiend with a taste for child's flesh. Linking the murders with those carried …

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