Bad Things: A Novel by Michael Marshall

By Michael Marshall

From the acclaimed ny occasions bestselling writer of The Intruders and The Straw males comes a nerve-shattering tale of guilt, rage, lethal secrets and techniques, and intensely, very . . . undesirable issues 3 years in the past, attorney John Henderson watched his four-year-old son tumble from a jetty into the lake outdoor their Washington domestic. In a negative quick, a existence all too short and blameless ended. however it wasn't drowning, the autumn, or perhaps a few formerly undetected inner illness that killed the little boy. Scott Henderson had easily, inexplicably . . . died. at the present time, John is a special man—divorced, residing a solitary life in a seashore residence in Oregon, operating as a waiter in a cafe that caters to the summer season crowd. Withdrawn from a existence and previous too painful to revisit, he touches nobody and nobody touches him. Then one evening he gets a brief and profoundly anxious electronic mail message from a stranger. It reads: i do know what occurred. it really is sufficient to drag John again to Black Ridge—the one position on the earth he'd was hoping by no means to come back to—in seek of solutions to the secret that shattered his international. during this small, remoted Pacific Northwest group, populated largely via descendants of the unique settlers, the shadows now appear even darker and extra sinister than whilst tragedy first drove him away—and the wind whipping down out of the primal woodland can relax a guy to his soul. apparently undesirable issues have regularly occurred during this city of generations-old secrets—and are taking place nonetheless. The deeper John digs into his personal earlier, and into neighborhood background, the extra possibility he attracts towards himself . . . and towards his estranged and helpless family members. And even though he does not realize it, he isn't the one one who is been known as again to Black Ridge. and that is a truly undesirable factor . . . A twisting, relentlessly exciting, and continually spectacular novel of mental suspense, Michael Marshall's undesirable issues is a masterwork of chilling brilliance that might preserve the reader guessing correct to the ultimate web page. undesirable issues do not simply ensue to other folks. they're ready to take place to you, too.

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He shook his head quickly. “Get rid of that shit, fast. Pay back the people you got it from, then pay back the loan. And do not do this ever again. You are simply not up to this way of life. You piss off someone just one step higher up the food chain and you’re going to wind up fucked or dead. ” He was nodding almost continually now, his chin twitching. ” “Here’s how this business works. At the top are the guys who make the stuff and run the top-level distribution: the shadows who make the real money and never get caught.

I let myself into the house, feeling tired and wrong and like I could walk a thousand miles in any direction and have no reason to ever turn back. I felt better after a shower, and took a Coke and cigarette out onto the balcony. I wanted a beer, too, but I know better than that. No big deal, I’d decided as the hot water coursed over my head. Not doing anything would have led to a worse situation for people I cared about. Isn’t that as good a justification for action as any? And hadn’t I been staring at the waves the previous night, feeling too much to one side of the world?

Maybe more than that. “I’m sorry, but—” “Look,” I said, finding a tone of voice I hadn’t used in a long time, except perhaps to Kyle the night before. “I don’t know who the hell you are. ” “I’m the one who needs help,” she said, her voice abruptly strong again—too firm, as if held right up against the brink of hysteria. “There’s no one who’s going to believe except maybe you, and now I realize you won’t either. I thought perhaps you knew but evidently you don’t and I can’t risk e-mailing again because he’s scanning the Wi-Fi now.

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