book cover of From a Whisper to a Scream

From a Whisper to a Scream

A novel by

In this reissue of the versatile de Lint's (The Onion Girl) second "Samuel M. Key" novel, a darker take on his typically upbeat urban fantasies, a serial killer with a supernatural pedigree upsets the peaceful order of the city of Newford. Newspaper photographer Jim McGann stumbles on the first clues to the killer's identity when he spots the same young girl and a graffiti scrawl reading "Niki" in the background of crime scene photos for a succession of murdered teenage hookers. McGann's search for the elusive Niki dovetails with the investigations of homicide detective Thomas Morningstar, who spots unbelievable similarities between the crimes and the handiwork of Teddy Bird, a child killer whom he gunned down two years before. In the course of establishing that Bird's malignant spirit is alive and pursuing the terrified Niki for a reason, de Lint offers the reader some spectacularly horrific moments involving Creole voodoo, Native American mysticism and the strong-arm tactics of an Irish organized crime kingpin. The novel's central idea-that the killer is "the distilled essence of all that was wrong with the city"-is not terribly original, but it gives de Lint a unique angle from which to explore the social ills of the modern city and their impact on a cross-section of well-drawn characters. Fans who missed the book in 1992 will welcome this sidebar to his better known work.and Vines (1999).
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Genre: Fantasy

Similar books by other authors

Used availability for Charles de Lint's From a Whisper to a Scream

Paperback Editions

January 2003 : USA Paperback

Title: From a Whisper to a Scream (Key Books)
Author(s): Charles de Lint
ISBN: 0-7653-0434-1 / 978-0-7653-0434-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Orb Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

October 1992 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: From a Whisper to a Scream
Author(s): Samuel M Key
ISBN: 0-425-13467-9 / 978-0-425-13467-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley Pub Group
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

March 2005 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: From a Whisper to a Scream (Key Books Book 2)
Author(s): Charles de Lint
Publisher: Orb Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA