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David Oppegaard was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from St. Olaf College and an M.F.A. in Writing from Hamline University. The Suicide Collectors is his first novel.

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Eloquent prose and haunting characters lift Oppegaard's astonishing debut, an SF thriller with some eerie similarities to M. Night Shyamalan's film about mass suicide, The Happening. In the near future, 90% of the world's population have killed themselves due to a plague called "the Despair." The only people energized by the nightmare are the Collectors, who after each suicide appear like carrion birds to collect the corpse. Only one man resists the Collectors. When the wife of a 34-year-old Floridian named Norman takes a fatal overdose of sleeping pills, Norman loads his shotgun and waits patiently before blowing the head off a Collector who arrives to claim the body. Norman and his neighbor, Franklin "Pops" Conway, head for Seattle after learning a doctor there may have found a cure for the Despair. In Kansas, they're joined by Zero, an 11-year-old girl whose bravery encourages Norman in his quest. While the story may be too bleak for many readers, the ending holds out some hope. (Dec.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Just when it seems that there are no new plots left to write about, David Oppegaard has come up with a doozy. His "The Suicide Collectors" takes us to a startling theme we haven't encountered before, with every page a thrilling new surprise." --Stan Lee, writer, editor, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics "David Oppegaard's THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS is a wonderfully creepy debut novel filled with unnerving twists and turns! Unsettling, bleak and dangerous." --Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PATIENT ZERO "Oppegaard's big bad is an abstraction, but it engenders very concrete terrors. I was reminded of Junji Ito's Uzumaki, which in my book is as good as it gets. " --Mike Carey, author of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, and bestselling and award-winning author of Vertigo Comics's LUCIFER and HELLBLAZER "Eloquent prose and haunting characters lift Oppegaard's astonishing debut..." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) Just when it seems that there are no new plots left to write about, David Oppegaard has come up with a doozy. His "The Suicide Collectors" takes us to a startling theme we haven't encountered before, with every page a thrilling new surprise. "Stan Lee, writer, editor, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics" David Oppegaard's THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS is a wonderfully creepy debut novel filled with unnerving twists and turns! Unsettling, bleak and dangerous. "Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PATIENT ZERO" Oppegaard's big bad is an abstraction, but it engenders very concrete terrors. I was reminded of Junji Ito's Uzumaki, which in my book is as good as it gets. "Mike Carey, author of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, and bestselling and award-winning author of Vertigo Comics's LUCIFER and HELLBLAZER" Eloquent prose and haunting characters lift Oppegaard's astonishing debut... "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"" "Just when it seems that there are no new plots left to write about, David Oppegaard has come up with a doozy. His "The Suicide Collectors" takes us to a startling theme we haven't encountered before, with every page a thrilling new surprise." -Stan Lee, writer, editor, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics "David Oppegaard's THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS is a wonderfully creepy debut novel filled with unnerving twists and turns! Unsettling, bleak and dangerous." --Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PATIENT ZERO "Oppegaard's big bad is an abstraction, but it engenders very concrete terrors. I was reminded of Junji Ito's Uzumaki, which in my book is as good as it gets. " - Mike Carey, author of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, and bestselling and award-winning author of Vertigo Comics's LUCIFER and HELLBLAZER "Eloquent prose and haunting characters lift Oppegaard's astonishing debut..." -Publisher's Weekly, starred review "Eloquent prose and haunting characters lift Oppegaard's astonishing debut..."-Publisher's Weekly, starred review "Just when it seems that there are no new plots left to write about, David Oppegaard has come up with a doozy. His "The Suicide Collectors" takes us to a startling theme we haven't encountered before, with every page a thrilling new surprise." -Stan Lee, writer, editor, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics "David Oppegaard's THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS is a wonderfully creepy debut novel filled with unnerving twists and turns! Unsettling, bleak and dangerous." --Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PATIENT ZERO "Oppegaard's big bad is an abstraction, but it engenders very concrete terrors. I was reminded of Junji Ito's Uzumaki, which in my book is as good as it gets." - Mike Carey, author of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, and bestselling and award-winning author of Vertigo Comics's LUCIFER and HELLBLAZER "Just when it seems that there are no new plots left to write about, David Oppegaard has come up with a doozy. His "The Suicide Collectors" takes us to a startling theme we haven't encountered before, with every page a thrilling new surprise." -Stan Lee, writer, editor, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics "David Oppegaard's THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS is a wonderfully creepy debut novel filled with unnerving twists and turns! Unsettling, bleak and dangerous." --Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PATIENT ZERO "Oppegaard's big bad is an abstraction, but it engenders very concrete terrors. I was reminded of Junji Ito's Uzumaki, which in my book is as good as it gets." - Mike Carey, author of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, and bestselling and award-winning author of Vertigo Comics's LUCIFER and HELLBLAZER "Eloquent prose and haunting characters lift Oppegaard's astonishing debut..." -Publisher's Weekly, starred review

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