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The fantastic, spine-chilling debut novel from Dean Vincent Carter, now in paperback.

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Dean Carter began writing short stories at the age of fourteen. After graduating from Thames Valley University with a degree in English and Media Studies, he worked in sales and as a bookseller before getting a job in the facilities department at Transworld Publishers and Random House Children's Books. His writing talent was spotted by his editor after she read his company-wide emails. His first novel, The Hand of the Devil was published in 2006 to great critical acclaim. He lives in Hounslow, Middlesex.

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Gr 9 Up-As a journalist for the weird science magazine Missing Link, recent college graduate Ashley Reeves has dealt with his fair share of crackpots and phony tips, but the letter from Reginald Mather seems genuine. Mather claims to have in his possession the only known specimen of a particularly large and deadly variety of mosquito known as the Ganges Red, a legendary creature believed by some to have supernatural abilities. Ashley quickly departs for Mather's isolated cabin on Aries Island where, of course, he is promptly cut off from civilization and finds himself in the company of a very unpleasant insect and at least one madman. It turns out that the Ganges Red, aka Nhan Diep, was once a human who betrayed her husband, and she needs Ashley's blood to break the curse. Carter's novel contains a fair helping of gore, but never generates much tension or atmosphere. Although large portions of the novel are devoted to people explaining various back stories to one another, none of the characters (with the possible exception of Mather) really emerges as an individual. Suspense and horror fans will probably find Lois Duncan and Darren Shan more satisfying.-Christi Voth, Parker Library, CO Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"The next Stephen King" * Evening Standard *
"Frightened the daylights out of me. Better than Stephen King" -- Andy McNab
"Dean Vincent Carter proves himself a master of the genre displaying a true understanding of the terrors of one's internal world and gradual corrosions of control . . . A taut and particularly gruesome, gripping and, in points, graphic horror story" -- Jacob Hope * Achuka *
"Set to be the next big hit" * Independent on Sunday *
"Sensational" * Daily Express *

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