By Charles Grant
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.
A Tor Book, 255 pp, 1993
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.