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Mr. X (1999) [Novel]
by Peter Straub Rating: Weighted - 8.0 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (5 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Mr. X is Straub's original and startling tale on the theme of the dopplegänger. Ned Dunstan's birthday is fast approaching, and every year on this date, Ned experiences a paralyzing seizure in which he is forced to witness scenes of ruthless slaughter perpetrated by a mysterious and malevolent figure in black whom Ned calls Mr. X.

Ned has been drawn back to his hometown , Edgerton, Illinois, by a premonition that his mother, Star, is dying. Before she loosens her hold on life, she imparts to Ned the name of his father, never before disclosed, and warns him that he is in grave danger. Despite her foreboding, Ned's determination to learn as much as possible about his absent father ignites a series of extraordinary adventures that gradually reveal the heart of both his own identity and that of his entirely fantastic family; He discovers that he is shadowed by an identical twin brother who can pass through doors and otherwise defy the laws of nature; he becomes the lead suspect in three violent deaths; he investigates the secret shadow-world within Edgerton; he learns to "eat time" and remembers the one occasion when he and his sinister brother united into a single being. Finally, at the moment of battle, he must call upon everything he has learned to save his own life.

Original title: Mr. X
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysterySuspense
FictionHorrorThe occult and Supernatural
FictionHorrorPsychological Horror
FictionGeneral FictionTies That BindTwins

Edition #1: Mr. X

Mr. X (1999)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "MR. X marks Straub's triumphant return to the tale of the paranormal and supernatural . . . . There are several scenes of utter, ghastly, hide-your-eyes horror; when Peter Straub turns on all his jets, no one in the scream factory can equal him. The plot is challenging, the characters are intriguing in their complexity, and the language is a delight." Stephen King
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Mr. X (August 1999)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0679401385
Dimensions: 9.57 x 6.57 x 1.64
Pages: 482

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