"A taut and twisted race into the human heart."

-Josh James Riebock, bestselling author of Heroes and Monsters

A Desert Road, a Desperate Man, and a Dark Force Converge in This Tense Debut Novel


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When a day trip out of Las Vegas with his wife takes a turn for the worse, Jack is sure that he has the ability to get them home. But he drove into something far beyond reason.


Rescue comes in the form of a desert hermit, but hope fades as the couple comes to realize that the nomad has no intention of letting them leave. A chance encounter with a kidnapped runaway and her crazed abductor leads them all farther into the wilderness—and closer to the cold brutality that isolation brings.

At the edge of his sanity, Jack begins to learn that playing by another's rules may be the only way to survive.

In a voice that is as hypnotizing as a desert mirage, debut novelist Samuel Parker entices readers down a dangerous road, where the forces of good and evil are as crushing as the Mojave heat. This is suspense in its purest, most unfiltered form.

Samuel Parker  was born in the Michigan boondocks but was raised on a never-ending road trip through the U.S. Besides writing, he is a process junkie and the ex-guitarist for several metal bands you’ve never heard of. He lives in West Michigan with his wife and twin sons.

"Parker seamlessly melds elements of thriller, suspense, and the supernatural to create a scorcher of a debut novel."

-KillerNashville


"...Exceptional First Novel."

-Publishers Weekly Starred Review