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The Shell Collector

(2004)
A Novella by

 
 
It's October in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where Richie Feehan wasborn and raised and has lived his whole life. He's a part-timelobsterman and full-time painter who sells his art at galleries inRockport and Newburyport. Between the two jobs he makes enough moneyto get by, living in an in-law apartment in the family home owned byhis brother Jim. Jim runs Feehan & Sons Funeral Home, a businessstarted by their grandfather in 1921.

All in all, despite the tension with his brother, and despite thegrumbling of his friends, whose business has suffered because of alengthy red tide and a spectacularly bad overall fishing season,Richie enjoys his life very much. He's content, and believes that'spretty much all a man can ask from his life.

That is, until a horrible mystery begins to unfold in Gloucester.

Out lobstering, Richie sees something nightmarish in the surf oneday, catches a bare glimpse of it beneath the surface. He doesn'tdare speak of it for fear of what others might say-he doesn't wantto become the town crazy. But he's having a hard time sleeping atnight. Several days later, while out hauling in his traps for thewinter, Richie finds one of them stuck on something. When he finallyhauls it up, there's a corpse attached, a corpse that has been eatenat by sea creatures, including something large . . . the corpse ofGreta Wagner, a woman who had been waked at Feehan & Sons two weeksearlier and buried a couple of days later.

Someone stole her corpse from the ground.

And her grave won't be the only one disturbed.



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Hardback Editions

October 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Shell Collector (Cemetery Dance Novella Series #18)
Author(s): Christopher Golden
ISBN: 1-58767-114-X / 978-1-58767-114-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
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November 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Shell Collector
Author(s): Christopher Golden
Publisher: Daring Greatly Corporation
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