The listener

by McCammon, Robert R.,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 9 copies
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Summary
1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities. In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans. In a different part of town, Curtis Mayhew, a young black man who works as a redcap for the Union Railroad Station, has a reputation for mending quarrels and misunderstandings among his friends. What those friends don't know is that Curtis has a special talent for listening... and he can sometimes hear things that aren't spoken aloud. One day, Curtis Mayhew's special talent allows him to overhear a child's cry for help (THIS MAN IN THE CAR HE'S GOT A GUN), which draws him into the dangerous world of Partlow and LaFrance. This gritty depression-era crime
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* A couple of cons come together in rural Texas in 1934 to hatch a dangerous get-rich-quick scheme: kidnap the children of a rich New Orleans businessman. Curtis is an African American redcap at Union Station in New Orleans, and he is listener. He can communicate telepathically with other nearby listeners, but this skill has left him an outsider in his already marginalized community of the Treme. Circumstances conspire to bring Curtis and his unique powers to the aid of the endangered children. McCammon (Last Train from Perdition, 2016) masterfully combines historical thriller and supernatural horror in a compelling and suspenseful tale of race, class, and family. The intricate crime plot is enhanced by superior character development, a richly detailed historical setting, a tense dread that begins in the opening scene and continues to intensify throughout, and an omniscient narration that lets the reader know exactly how bad things really are. This is a violent and gritty tale, but redemption is always possible. The Listener will be popular with fans of occult thrillers like those by Dean Koontz or F. Paul Wilson, but also consider suggesting it to readers who enjoy the thought-provoking speculative fiction of Victor LaValle.--Spratford, Becky Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Race relations are one subject of this seductive slice of supernatural noir set in 1934 New Orleans. John "Pearly" Partner and Ginger LaFrance, a pair of homicidal grifters, cook up a scheme to kidnap a wealthy white businessman's son and daughter, hoping to score a ransom that will finance their escape to Mexico. Only one unforeseen snag in their plans: the daughter, Nilla, is a "listener" in psychic rapport with Curtis Mayhew, a young black man. Though the two have never met in person, Curtis feels compelled to come to Nilla's rescue when she and her brother are abducted, even though it means convincing the incredulous of his special talents and navigating difficult racial dynamics of '30s Louisiana. McCammon (Freedom of the Mask) conjures believable characters whose sympathetic plight pulls the reader headlong into the novel's volatile mix of crime and fantasy. Its tense finale, paced at breakneck speed, will have readers turning pages until its surprise-packed end. Agent: Cameron McClure, Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Depressions -- 1929 -- Fiction.
Psychic ability -- Fiction.
Psychics -- Fiction.
Kidnapping -- Fiction.
Horror fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Paranormal fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher Baltimore :2018
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 332 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781587676130
1587676133
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