By Bentley Little
A SIGNET book, 373 pp, 2000
Those of you who have read my review
of Bentley Little's The Summoning know that I wasn't impressed with
it, but was willing to give him another chance. So I checked The
Walking out from the local library, and was glad I did.
Miles Huerdeen is a private
investigator. His elderly father suffers a stroke and dies a few months
later. But his dad doesn't rest in peace. He walks. Around and around his
room, eyes blank and staring at nothing, heart stopped, lungs still. He's
dead, but up and moving.
Miles calls a buddy in the coroner's
office and they come and take the boogying body away, after the proper
drugs and restraints are applied. But the body disappears a few days
Now Miles is in a desperate search for
his father. He discovers that others have died and walked. Some have died
naturally, others hideously murdered. Will Miles find his dad? Will he
discover the cause of the mysterious undead walking? Read for yourself.
Little also tells a parallel story,
which impacts the main story, about Wolf Canyon, and the witch named
William who establishes the town as a refuge for other witches harassed
and persecuted by those close-minded, mean, nasty Christian folk. When are
writers going to tire of this insulting stereotype?
Other than that, the book is quite good,
suspenseful and at times scary. I haven't given up on Little yet.