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Doubleday, 1998 - Fiction - 321 pages
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In this novel, Chehak sets her story in a small town called Rampage, and as its name implies, it is a place where much violence converges on those whose lives are bound up in its dark history. As the novel begins, Madlen Cramer has come back home with her two young children to be reunited there with her childhood friend Rafe, the sexy drifter who has abducted a four-year-old girl from an abusive foster family, leaving the parents for dead. During this hot Iowa summer, the past will refuse to stay past as painful truths begin to emerge: about Rafe's own foster family; about Madlen's marriage, whose bonds had begun to unravel in the months before her husband's tragic accident; and about her beautiful self-absorbed mother, whose passions bring about the devastating entanglement of two families in an embrace that cannot be undone until Rafe has gone on the rampage that will destroy everything in sight.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A thriller that hoards most of its power for the last chapter and even then is not a happy or attractive reading experience. Chehak wrote 1993's Dancing on Glass, among others, and here again (like in ... Read full review


User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Madlen Cramer has returned to her childhood home in Rampage, IA, with her two children, seeking stability and security after the death of her husband in an automobile accident. The farm has not ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Susan Taylor Chehak is the author of four previous novels, including Smithereens and The Story of Annie D. She was born and raised in Iowa, and she received her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has taught fiction writing at the University of Southern California and the UCLA Extension, and now divides her time between Los Angeles and Colorado, where she recently opened a bookstore called Inxpot.

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