In the quiet suburb of Harting Farms, the weekly crime blotter usually consists of graffiti or the occasional bout of mailbox baseball. But in the fall of 1993, children begin vanishing and one is found dead. Newspapers call him the Piper because he has come to take the children away. But there are darker names for him, too ...Vowing to stop the Piper's reign of terror, five boys take up the search. Their teenage pledge turns into a journey of self-discovery ...and a journey into the darkness of their own hometown. On the twilit streets of Harting Farms, everyone is a suspect. And any of the boys might be the Piper's next victim.
- Paperback | 756 pages
- 127 x 178 x 38.1mm | 468g
- 11 Nov 2014
- Medallion Press
- United States
"First book to hit my best books of 2014 list! It's going to be too hard to top this one. This was the best book to kick off the New Year with." ~Haunted Bookcase "The plot was immediately engrossing, the characters and their dialogue effortlessly realistic. (And at times quite funny. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the conversations and antics of the protagonists.) Ronald Malfi is an exceptional author and I'm genuinely enthusiastic about hunting down his earlier books." "eagan Kendera, LibraryThing "... Ronald Malfi's December Park could top the New York Times best sellers list... Malfi has created a world that is intriguing, mysterious, and oddly relatable. He invites the reader to experience a roller coaster of emotions: excitement, sadness, euphoria... Go pick up a copy of this incredible book!" ~ LibraryThing Reviews "December Park is an outstanding novel that could go down as author Ronald Malfi's magnum opus. It contains some of the best parts of Stephen King's The Body, Robert McCammon's Boy's Life and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and should be compared favorably to those books." ~Tim Slauter, Literary Thing Some novelists find something that works and they stick with it for years; others like to jump around, experimenting with genres and writing styles. Malfi appears to be one of the latter. Although most of his novels fall into the thriller, horror, or science fiction genres, stylistically they are quite different. This one, about a group of teenage friends living in a Maryland beach community from which some children have gone missing, feels a bit like Stephen King crossed with Dennis Lehane--specifically, the early portions of King's It melded with Lehane's Mystic River. But, just like Lehane doesn't sound very much like King, Malfi doesn't sound much like either of them. He has his own voice, and he's telling his own story, one that begins with some disappearances, segues into murder, and ends with a violent confrontation. Malfi is a man of many voices, a sort of literary version of Mel Blanc (the "man of a thousand voices"), but all of his voices are captivating, though none of them quite the same. Horror and crime fans will find much to like here. ~ David Pitt, Booklist "December Park kept me interested right through the entire book and in my opinion Ronald Malfi has all the makings of a great storyteller." ~ Robert C Murray, LibraryThing "December Park kept me interested right through the entire book and in my opinion Ronald Malfi has all the makings of a great storyteller." ~ Robert C Murray, LibraryThing "December Park is by far Ronald's best work... The book reads like a movie... Ronald moves in for the kill when he writes his stuff. He has this ability to go right for the jugular vein in his dark fiction..." --HorrorNews.net "It's going to be too hard to top this one... I literally went from anger, sadness, eagerness, sadness, suspense in waiting, page turning, up ALL NIGHT (even though it was on a work night) just to get to the end." --Haunted Bookcase "Malfi is a master at horror, and his expertise shines through in this thriller set in the small town of Harting Farms. Skillfully plotted with carefully placed clues, the novel progresses like a map leading to the exhilarating ending." --RT Book Reviews "The surprising climactic ending will have the reader wondering what the Piper of their childhood was and if it can still reach out and steal them away." -- Leslie A. Borghini, author of Angel Heat, published by Suspense Publishing, an imprint of Suspense Magazine
About Ronald Malfi
Ronald Malfi is the author of "The Ascent," "The Fall of Never," "Floating Staircase," "The Nature of Monsters," and "Shamrock Alley." He lives in Arnold, Maryland.