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Serpent, the (1983) [Novel]
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THE SERPENT is a story as powerful as it is chilling. In New York, a well-known actress is horribly mutilated and murdered in her apartment; a young nurse is brutally killed aboard a yacht; a teenage girl visiting her aunt in the city is found crucified in a cupboard. The victims have one thing in common: each is pregnant.

Sandy Block, a recently-married lieutenant in the New York police force, is assigned the task of tracking down one of the most sadistic psychopaths in the city's history. The clues are few and far between - little more than the killer's name, Tom-Tom, scrawled in blood at the site of one of the murders.

More appalling still, he is accompanied by a young child who is heard crying as each woman meets her grisly fate. And, Block discovers, the killer is possessed by glossolalia - or the ability, mentioned in the Bible, to speak in tongues. Following up this last piece of information, Block seeks out the evangelical underworld. When he begins to close in on his quarry, he feels an added sense of urgency as he realises that the killer is stalking his young wife, Shiela, who is now pregnant.

Block's feelings of dread deepen when he begins to suspect his own partner. In the final confrontation between hunter and hunted the author turns the story upside down in a suprise finale.

Original title: The Serpent
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHorrorPsychological Horror
FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesPolice Procedural

Edition #1: The Serpent

The Serpent (1983)
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Language: English

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The Serpent (May 1983)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Delacorte
ISBN: 0385292236
Dimensions: 5.6 x 8.3 x 1.0

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