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By Charles Grant
A Tor Book, 255 pp, 1993

Nine people are in a small-town restaurant and lodge. A man in a black coat and cowboy hat kills one of them. Shotgun blast at very close range. Quite messy.

The “man in black” doesn’t kill anyone else the rest of the book. But only one (or maybe two, it’s unclear) survives the night.

This is an interesting book, quite tense, and a case study in paranoia and isolation, and what they do to otherwise normal people. It wasn’t very scary, though, and the ending was very disappointing. Few of the characters are likeable, and I wasn’t sorry when most of them died.

My recommendation. Do what I did and check it out of the library for free.

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