The Beast of Barcroft

  • by Bill Schweigart
  • Narrated by Will Damron
  • 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"[A] swift and breezy suburban creature feature." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Barely scary. Disappointed.

Spoiler alert: It's a native American shapeshifter spirit. I only write that because I would have skipped this book if I had that info. Between the narrator's flat delivery and the boring, almost nonexistent backstory of the characters, this book didn't really hold my attention. Even the "scary" parts are pretty vanilla, and the ending somehow gives magical powers to a copper badge. Copper pennies can hurt the creature, but being shot with copper-plated 5.56 bullets have no effect. Sigh. Yawn.
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- shawn bickford


A delightful find... It's an imaginative thriller w/ kinda an X Files feel, but more about the real people in unreal situations rather than the unreal in real ones... The entire story has a crafty, and often subtle, attention to detail which adds authenticity and color to an already engaging story and plot... Some good science looking at the encroachment of ecosystems, and the whole suburban wilderness thing works well, and provides some stellar imagery and settings... Chills, humor, and some creative monster making, w/ a smidge of the preternatural... I got this book because I started the one after this and realized there was one that came before, so now I'm on the hook for two titles, and could not be more thrilled w/ that happening.... The action and pace are outstanding, and I feel like a kid that just discovered a new favorite candy and am about to gobble down some more w/ the second book... Narration is very good, and this is absolutely, no doubt about it,put it in the bank, worth the credit!!!
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- DobieChuck "Blind listener reading everything, especially mystery/thrillers and sf&f. Restricted to audio so picky where credits spent. #BooksRule"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-15-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio