THE JOY OF KILLING
This fever dream begins on a stormy night at a lake house in the woods of Minnesota, where we are introduced to a college professor who a few years earlier had written a novel in which he justified a gruesome campus murder under the nihilistic theory that there is no right or wrong, no moral center to man's activity. The writer returns to the lake house where he had spent his childhood summers and locks himself in the attic, intent on writing the final story of his life. Playing on a continuous loop in his mind are key moments in his past: his childhood in small-town Iowa, where he and his best friend befriended a local drifter; his childhood on the lake where one summer a local boy drowned in a storm; and the central fixation of his erotic meeting with a girl on a train bound for Chicago when he was just 15. All of these threads weave together as the writer tries to piece together the multitude of secrets and acts of violence that make up one human life. With its elegant structure, haunting language and edge-of-your-seat suspense, THE JOY OF KILLING is a brilliant fiction debut by one of America's premier writers of true crime.