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Publisher's Summary

Ben McKelvie believes he's moving up in the world when he and his fiancée buy a house in the cushy Washington, DC, suburb of Barcroft. Instead he's moving down - way down - thanks to Madeleine Roux, the crazy neighbor whose vermin-infested property is a permanent eyesore and looming hazard to public health.
First Ben's fiancée leaves him; then his dog dies, apparently killed by a predator drawn into Barcroft by Madeleine's noxious menagerie. But the worst is yet to come for Ben, for he's not dealing with any ordinary wild animal. This killer is something much, much worse. Something that couldn't possibly exist - in this world.
Now, as a devilish creature stalks the locals, Ben resolves to take action. With some grudging assistance from a curator at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the crackpot theories of a self-styled cryptozoologist, he discovers the sinister truth behind the attacks, but knowing the Beast of Barcroft and stopping it are two different animals.
©2015 Bill Schweigart (P)2016 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"[A] swift and breezy suburban creature feature." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Richard S. Swol on 02-26-17

A wonderful surprise

when I got this book I was expecting an average"monster" book. the fact that it was was also apparently the author's first novel did not inspire me either.

I was very happily surprised. the story moved quickly and kept me guessing all along. the characters were authentic and believable.

in fact, I immediately bought the author's second novel and preordered the third.

in short, I very much enjoyed this book and strongly recommend it.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nancy Chilton-Kendrick on 06-18-17

Just Bearable

This author was really pissed off at women when he wrote this book. He makes every female character appear either selfish and self-centered or whining and definitely stupidly​ angry. The story is OK and the narrator is very good. I recommend this audiobook but be warned about all the female characters.

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12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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