Empties

Open Road Media
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A detective discovers bodies without brains—and wonders if he’s losing his mind—in this tale of nightmarish terror.

What do you tell yourself when impossible things begin to happen? What can you say? You’re a police detective, but maybe you’re just not good enough and that’s what you have to admit, whether you like it or not. You see evidence of things that can’t be real, but you just don’t observe well enough to explain it in any natural way. Can you ask rational questions and still be crazy? Does it help any that you know your mind is gone? You’re trapped in a black comedy with a beautiful but fatal woman right out of an old poem by Keats, hoping to wake up from the nightmare, even if on a cold hillside—as long as you wake up sane.

Detective William Benek is faced with an impossible crime: bodies are turning up without their brains and without any indication of how the organs were removed. His only lead—an attractive woman—becomes more than a lead, and then drives him into a world of terror, where his sanity is questioned and he must stop a monster he can barely comprehend.

Listed as a Best Book of 2009 by Edge Boston.
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About the author

George Zebrowski’s more than forty books include novels, short fiction collections, anthologies, and a collection of essays.
 
His short fiction, articles, and essays have appeared in Omni magazine, Asimov's Science FictionAmazing Stories, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science FictionInterzoneScience Fiction AgeNature, the Bertrand Russell Society News, and many other publications. “Heathen God” was nominated for a Nebula Award in 1972. 
 
Brute Orbits (1998), an uncompromising novel about the future of the penal system, was honored with the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and Stranger Suns (1991) was a New York Times Notable Book.
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Apr 1, 2014
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Pages
165
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ISBN
9781480494787
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural
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