|Suspense Central Selections for
*2018 selections for Suspense Central are
listed below by month. If you have difficulty
seeing a title and/or author, all selections are
listed on our Yahoo site and our meetup site.
|Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 8p
Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace, 10 Triangle Plaza (Rt. 17 North), Ramsey, NJ 07446
This group meets on the second Monday of each month to discuss a specific mystery,
suspense or intrigue novel. Join Moderator Aurelia Long as we discuss the month's featured
*The 2018 line-up of titles can be found below, after the recaps/comments.
Supernatural fantasy has a new antihero in Sandman Slim, star of this gripping, gritty new
series by Richard Kadrey.
Life sucks and then you die. Or, if you’re James Stark, you spend eleven years in Hell as a
hitman before finally escaping, only to land back in the hell-on-earth that is Los Angeles.
Now Stark’s back, and ready for revenge. And absolution, and maybe even love. But when
his first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head, Stark discovers that the road to
absolution and revenge is much longer than you’d expect, and both Heaven and Hell have
their own ideas for his future.
Resurrection sucks. Saving the world is worse.
Darkly twisted, irreverent, and completely hilarious, Sandman Slim is the breakthrough novel
by an acclaimed author.
|Crestwood Lake by Mark R. Vogel
Crestwood Lake by author Mark R. Vogel, SFSNNJ guest speaker at our January New Year Dinner, was
the April selection and a great choice! The book was extremely well done - good story, well developed
characters and invoked a sense of foreboding that made the story that much better. Crestwood Lake
is a fictional small town in Vermont. One of those lovely, picturesque little towns, near a lake with
beautiful fall foliage and quaint shops. Crestwood Lake has a dark past and an even darker secret.
Many of the locals happen to be descendants of the witches that escaped from the Salem with trials.
The 300 year anniversary of an event the witches want revenge for is approaching. Things are
happening in the quaint little town, scary things. A sheriff determined to protect his town and his close
friend who knows the history must face the devil himself in this well-written Gothic tale that at times
invokes Poe and Stephen King for a truly satisfying read. The book was unanimously enjoyed - we
hope there's a sequel - with solid B+/A scores given.
|The Reiver's by William Faulkner
We completed our tie-in with TSF! by discussing The Reivers by William Faulkner. Generally it was felt
that the movie trimmed the book a bit, creating a better flow. Being the last book the author wrote, it
was a bit more accessible than his previous writings. The book was published in June 1962; the author
died the very next month. A general 'B' grade seemed to be the consensus.