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Killing Neptune's Daughter [Paperback]

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"The perfect book for those who fancy the darker, grittier side of mystery. A hit-you-in-the-guts psychothriller, this is a compelling story of one man's search for truth and inner peace."-Mystery Scene

"This is a story for those who can handle grit with their detective fiction . . . provocative and disturbing portrait of Cape Cod youth running seriously amok. It's worth the turn of the screw on the reader's thumbs, however, for Mr. Peffer's unforgettable characters, startling revelations, and haunting New England atmospherics."-Vineyard Gazette

Returning to his hometown was something Billy Bagwell always dreaded. But he felt he owed it to Tina, the object of his childhood sexual obsession, to see her off properly. Even in death she could seduce him to her. Upon his return to Wood's Hole on Cape Cod, Billy's past with his old friends-especially his best friend, present-day Catholic priest Zal-floods his mind with classic machismo and rite-of-passage boyhood events. But some of their moments were a bit darker, and all seemed to revolve around or involve Tina . . . moments that Billy didn't want to remember.

This psycho-thriller carries Billy deeper and deeper into long-repressed memories of 35-year-old crimes. As the days grow darker, Billy finds himself caught in a turbulent tide of past homoerotic encounters, lost innocence, rage, religion, and lust.

Randall Peffer is the author of Watermen, Logs of the Dead Pirates Society, and many travel guides. His writing has appeared in Smithsonian, Reader's Digest, National Geographic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, San Francisco Examiner, Chicago Tribune, and many other publications. He teaches literature and writing at Phillips Academy Andover. This is his first novel.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   249
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.6" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   Speck Press
ISBN  1933108053  
ISBN13  9781933108056  

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More About Randall Peffer

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Randall Peffer is the author of eight nonfiction books, most with a nautical angle, as well as nine crime/suspense novels. His first book, Watermen, is a documentary of the lives of the Chesapeake's fishermen. It won the Baltimore Sun's Critic's Choice Award and was Maryland Book of the Year. His novel Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues was a Lambda Award finalist and has been optioned for film by producer Barr Potter of Tripod Entertainment. The son of a career naval officer, Peffer holds a 100-ton masters license and has logged over one hundred thousand miles at sea, mostly in traditional working vessels. Peffer teaches writing and literature at Phillips Academy, Andover.

Randall Peffer currently resides in Boston Boston Boston And.

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Unforgettable  Oct 16, 2004
From the instant you open this book, you become entranced by the riveting plot and beautiful lines of description. The rape and murder of Noelle Werlin, known to everyone else Tina, brings back vivid childhood memories to Billy Bagwell, as he returns to Woods Hole for her funeral. After decades of burying his past, Billy relives it in a thrilling ride back through his adolescence to find her killer. Randall Peffer's work has been compared by some to such works by Quentin Tarantino and David Lynch.

Killing Neptune's Daughter is not simply a dark suspence novel about rape, murder, and violence. It sends a profound message to teens and adults alike about coping with current and past demons. It is a story of coming of age and breaking the code of silence. It is a book that will neither bore you nor leave you empty handed. And the ending is truly unforgettable.

No book that I've come across has had such a complete and lasting impact like Killing Neptune's Daughter. It's a masterpiece of human emotions.
dark high school �friends� tale  Jun 30, 2004
After all the bad things she did and the things that were done to her, Tina left Woods Hole on Cape Cod when she finished eleventh grade. She totally remade herself into another woman named Noelle and married a famous rock star who was a heavy drug user and wife cheater. Their names were household words and their exploits were featured in the media at every opportunity. One night she leaves her village apartment and goes to her favorite spot, the St. Lukes-in-the-Fields, where a man rapes her and then kills her with a marlinspike.

Also living in the village is sports reporter Billy Bagswell and even though he only met her once in New York City, he returns home for her funeral. When Tina was living in Woods Hole, she was a slut, having sex with who she chose and reveling in the power it gave her. Billy and his friend who really cared for her think the killer is living in Woods Hole and has nothing to do with her New York lifestyle. They reminisce about the bad old days and begin to piece together the various puzzle parts of Tina's life, trying to find the perpetrator.

KILLING NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER is not a pretty book but it accurately reflects the darker goings that go on between high school students. One can't help but feel sorry for the victim because circumstances forced her to behave the way she did and each of her "friends" have their own guilt to bear. Randall Peffer is a talented writer who gives new meaning to the words vigilante justice.

Harriet Klausner


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