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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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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- Richard S. Swol


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

Book Details

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