Lauded as his number-one favorite book of the year, Stephen
King advised President Obama, in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, to pick up Michael Gruber’s previous book, The Good Son. With an unforgettable
hero, The Return is as exciting and
provocative as Gruber’s best work.
The real Richard Marder would shock his acquaintances, if
they ever met him. Even his wife, long dead, didn’t know the real man behind
the calm, cultured mask he presents to the world. Only an old army buddy from
Vietnam, Patrick Skelly, knows what Marder is capable of. Then, a shattering
piece of news awakens Marder’s buried desire for vengeance; with nothing left
to lose, he sets off to punish the people whose actions changed his life years
earlier. Skelly shows up uninvited, and the two of them together raise the
stakes far beyond anything Marder could have envisioned.
As Marder and Skelly head toward an apocalypse of
their own making, Marder learns that good motives and a sense of justice can’t
always protect the people a man loves. With a range of fearsomely real characters,
from a brutally violent crime lord to a daringly courageous young woman, a
roller coaster of twists and turns, and a shattering exploration of what
constitutes morality in the face of evil, Michael Gruber has once more proven
that he is “a gifted and natural storyteller” (Chicago Tribune) and shows why he has been called “the Stephen King
of crime writing” (Denver Post).
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