Croak Chapter Preview
Gina Damico has offered us a chapter preview of her upcoming snarky (and oh-so-funny) debut novel. I recommend that you check it out today!
By Gina Damico
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
To be released March 20, 2012
Pre-order on Amazon
Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby has sucker-punched her last classmate. Fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than that of shoveling manure.
He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business.
Lex quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated entirely by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. Along with her infuriating yet intriguing partner Driggs and a rockstar crew of fellow Grim apprentices, Lex is soon zapping her Targets like a natural born Killer.
Yet her innate ability morphs into an unchecked desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she’s forced to Kill a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. So when people start to die—that is, people who aren’t supposed to be dying, people who have committed grievous crimes against the innocent—Lex’s curiosity is piqued. Her obsession grows as the bodies pile up, and a troubling question begins to swirl through her mind: if she succeeds in tracking down the murderer, will she stop the carnage—or will she ditch Croak and join in?
Want a tour of the deadliest town in the Adirondacks? Hop on Uncle Mort’s motorcycle as he shows Lex the ropes in this sneak peek at Chapter 4 of Croak:
“I gotta be honest, Lex,” Uncle Mort said as they continued down the hill into town, slowing the bike so they could speak without yelling. “You look just about ready to soil yourself.”
Lex shot him a glare, then eyed a sign at the side of the road that read Croak! Population: 78 . The number clicked over to 80 as they passed.
She scrunched up her nose. “That was weird.”
Lex gazed at the handful of small buildings as they passed by. “I don’t get it. Where’s the town?” she asked, searching into the distance.
“You’re in it.”
“This is it?“
“It is small,” Uncle Mort agreed. “But it’s got heart.”
Lex assumed he meant this literally as well as figuratively, since both sides of the street were lined with blooms of brilliantly red bleeding-heart flowers. As she gawked at the short buildings, she got the eeriest feeling that she had stumbled into a historical theme park. The storefronts just seemed so old-fashioned, like they were part of some bygone era of yore, or maybe even yesteryear. She had only ever seen places like this on the evening news during election years, when politicians invaded to kiss babies and purchase homemade pies from smiling, toothless bakery owners.
“Please tell me you have running water,” she said…
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