Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer

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Sixteen-year-old Walt thinks he’s left his problems behind him when he runs away from a broken home to live with his eccentric uncle. The simple, semi-rural, semi-anti-social lifestyle seems at first to be exactly what Walt wants, but he soon learns his new life isn’t just about ditching school and drinking beer with his friends.

Uncle Brucker is a Rat Killer; a tireless rat tracker, an expert in rat lore, a speaker of the rat language, and a decorated veteran of two bloody uprisings. His uncle begins to train Walt in the ways of rat killing, and explains to his nephew the ancient and bloody history of men and rats. Before the rise of men, he says, rats ruled the earth. They’ve been hiding in another dimension ever since they were kicked out by humanity, planning to retake the planet.

In the middle of Walt’s training, Uncle Brucker is called away by mysterious men from the government. When he fails to return from his mission, Walt discovers a portal to the rat dimension and realizes he must travel alone to Rat Land to save his uncle. Perhaps the most unusual dark fantasy debut of the year, Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer is a surreal exploration of honor, duty, and inter-dimensional genocide.
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About the author

Leslie Peter Wulff lives with his lovely wife Sandy in a small college town in upstate New York. Other than reading great literature and watching great films, he enjoys building stone walls—and taking a break from building stone walls. All his life he wanted to be a writer. Some years ago he quit his job due to Parkinson’s disease. Now he’s a writer.
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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Jul 11, 2017
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9781597806152
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal
Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
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This content is DRM protected.
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