A Small Dark Place: A Novel

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Villard, 1997 - Fiction - 340 pages
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Times are tough in Wishbone, Kansas. The crops have dried up; so have the jobs. Peter Wiley, once the town's high school football star, and his ex-prom queen wife, Sandra, are about to be dispossessed by the bank. There seems to be no hope for them and their children, Will and Andromeda. Until, that is, they hear the story of a little girl who has fallen down an abandoned mine shaft and whose dreadful plight incites Americans to respond with their prayers - and their pocketbooks. Maybe, the Wileys scheme, it could work for them, too. In" A Small Dark Place," an act born of desperation, greed, and obsession takes on unforeseen and unforeseeable consequences for the Wileys and Wishbone.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Derivative, tightly told heartland horror tale that, in aspiring to be a Stephen King knock-off, brims with the master's strengths—and failings. Eight years after high-school jock Peter and ... Read full review

A small, dark place: a novel

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In this debut novel, the Wileys, parents of two young children, are unemployed and desperate, fearing that their lives are about to unravel. They decide to win public sympathy and financial support by ... Read full review

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