Martyr's Creek
by David Chacko

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    "A tale both witchy and 
     bitchy. Politics and the
     paranormal mix like wind  
     and fire."


Martyr's Creek

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When he reached into the drawer, he did not open it far enough. The empty file folders that were kept at the back of the drawer allowed for no error. As he pulled the folder out, it brushed the lip of the drawer above. He saw a quick movement that he did not doubt. Something had fallen into the drawer. It was not of great size, and it had come down from above.

Panda began to look for the thing he had seen. He knew almost exactly where it had gone. Parting the files, he looked into the bottom of the drawer, but saw nothing. He felt around the edges, his fingers finding nothing.

He searched inside three of the folders in the target area. All were filled with papers. He had checked them briefly the night before to make sure they held nothing of value. And they had not.

Inside the third folder, wedged into the wad of brokerage statements as thick as bread, he found the object. It was as if it had made a home, or had been there for a long time. A key.

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New England sets the mood.

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About This Great Book

What do you do when you're named the executor of the estate of your worst enemy? What can he possibly offer that will keep you interested? Find out what the most demonic man in the neo-conservative movement did to cement the deal. It's the same thing he always did, but with a twist.

Dealing with the devil is just a phrase. Find out what it means when it's real.

A smart, biting novel, with breathtaking suspense.


From A Review

David Chacko's thirteenth novel, Martyr's Creek, proves that numbers mean little in the life of a writer. After setting his last four novels in foreign countries with well realized backdrops, Chacko returns home with a sharp eye, sorting through American loves and conflicts (politics) with as deft a hand as anyone has shown in some time.


From The Author

I lived in New England most of my life, mostly in Connecticut and Rhode Island, which is mostly where this new novel takes place. I've rarely written about the area, or the state of mind it sometimes breeds, in fiction or otherwise. That may be odd, but it seems to me now that I was saving all those locations that were salted away in my mind.

Let's say I was putting them aside until I found the right story—the one where history could explain how some people got to be the way they are. And Martyr's Creek does that. The first time you trip over the syncopated sounds of a ghost in an old New England house is the day you date the rest of your life from. The first time you deed control of your life to others is the day when you know that all you have left is the love and the pain. They—and we know who they are—will have all the power.

You'll get more than a glimpse of those levels in Martyr's Creek. New England changes, but always in the same way. I like to think that every book I've written is different than the last—or all the ones that went before it—in the same changing way.

I wrote this book quickly, and I never once had to stop and think about what came next. I hope Martyr's Creek reads as smoothly as it was written.

David Chacko


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