The Hellfire Club
Not since Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs has a writer invented a villain as diabolical, clever, fascinating, and funny as the one Peter Straub has created in serial killer Dick Dart. Having already murdered four women. Dart seizes as a hostage Nora Chancel, who is unwillingly drawn into a treacherous double mystery, and who shines as a heroine of courage, wit, and intelligence. To survive the ten days of her kidnapping. Nora, without seeming to do so, must outwit Dart, an extraordinarily intuitive and resourceful monster, as they careen around New England in a series of stolen cars with a growing posse of state policemen on their trail. Powered by suspense that builds at an astonishing pace, and a mystery that deepens the more it is investigated, The Hellfire Club is Peter Straub's most dazzling tribute yet to the imaginative power of sheer storytelling.