Thursday, September 15, 2011

Review: Iron Butterflies Rust by Lee Thompson

A new Lee Thompson! Iron Butterflies Rust was released last week as part of the awesome novella series from Delirium Books.

Book Description:
Three years after Frank Gunn's wife pulled his service pistol at the local carnival and set events in motion that stained everyone involved with an eight-year-old boy's blood, Frank's life has fallen apart around him—he is on voluntary leave from the police department, the media has made him look like a fool, and his marriage has gone to hell. Worst of all, the boy, Jeremy Chambers, lies in a coma and Frank is the only person who feels a responsibility to visit him.

Haunted by nightmares that increasingly bleed into his waking life, Frank finds himself once more on a collision course with the boy's murderous father, not to mention a phantom he feels he should somehow know. Whether this trail of blood and tears will redeem him, or end in his damnation, Frank cannot know until the last mile has been traveled.

Lee Thompson has this great way of pulling the reader in and out of darkness. I love that about his writing.  Not only does he write about supernatural darkness, he also delves into the darkness of human emotion. Thompson's characters are often flawed (in a great way) and filled with something gritty and raw.

Iron Butterflies Rust explores what happens when tragedy strikes.  Lives and relationships often fall apart, but sometimes the darkness manifests. 

I really can't get enough of Lee Thompson's fiction.  I recommend Iron Butterflies Rust not only to those who like dark fantasy and suspense, but to those who enjoy an authentic tale.

Other Lee Thompson reviews here at Book Den:
Crooked Stick Figures
Before Leonora Wakes
Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children

Review copy provided by publisher


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  1. Ooh this sounds fantastic. I LOVE the cover as well.

  2. This sounds freaking CREEPY... I love creepy!

  3. It is a great cover. :)

    Me, too, Ash! Creepy is hard come by. You should also check out Crooked Stick Figures. It's a great creepy tale (short story) from Lee Thompson.

  4. We were commenting at the same time, Lee. Thank you for the great read! :D I see there will be another Frank Gunn story in the future. Nice. Oh, and I ordered my copy of Shock Totem 4 today. Woohoo!


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