Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authors
With his hated father dead, a man’s life takes a dangerous turn.
He doesn’t cry when his father, Frank, dies. The old man was an abusive, self-absorbed drunk, and when cancer takes him to his deathbed, his son is there to watch. At Frank’s final moment he leans over and whispers in his ear, letting the dying man know that he’s glad to see him go.
His only inheritance is a heavy, leather-bound book. He has never seen it before, and has trouble believing that his brutal, ignorant father ever touched something so beautiful. But the volume is well-thumbed, full of aphorisms and advice written in the dead man’s hand. Soon after he reads it, the son finds his life spiraling out of control. If he doesn’t want to follow his father to the grave, he had best heed the lessons of the book.
Extremely talented David Ledoux narrates Ken Bruen's The Book of Virtue with a natural yet animated conversational style that's like listening to an old friend tell a story. As part of a series of short stories about deadly books by acclaimed mystery authors, The Book of Virtue picks up when the hero's father dies - and good riddance to a man who was mean, through and through. The hero's only inheritance is a book that seems to wreak chaos in his life that he never could have imagined.
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