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The Lake

(2004)
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When Laymon (Island, etc.) died in 2001, he left behind numerous unpublished novels that Leisure has been issuing. This one is good but not great, combining the savagery of his earlier work (Beast House, etc.) with the spooky wonder of his later books (The Traveling Vampire Show, etc.). As the story begins, we see Candyman, a serial killer, at work, then observe teen Deana West watch in horror as her boyfriend is mowed down by a car driven by Candyman? The narrative then flashes back 20 years to a summer Deana's mother, Leigh, spent in rural Wisconsin; this, the strongest section, details eerie, erotic nighttime forays by Leigh and her lover, a weird local boy, that result in the boy's accidental death. Back in the present, Leigh gets involved with a cop who's a wolf in sheep's clothing, and she and Deana, who's taken to nighttime jogging and who herself gets involved with a mysterious neighbor and his odd, psychic sister, are menaced by the driver of the car that killed Deana's boyfriend. The plot is too complicated, although Laymon does tie all the strands up in a messy knot; but what counts here, as usual for Laymon, is the white-hot pacing, the rivers of blood (which will dismay mainstream readers) and, above all, the memorable evocation of the fathomless mystery of the moonlit hours. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.


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September 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Lake
Author(s): Richard Laymon
ISBN: 0-8439-5450-7 / 978-0-8439-5450-0 (USA edition)
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April 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Lake
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ISBN: 0-7472-6933-5 / 978-0-7472-6933-5 (UK edition)
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January 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Lake
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ISBN: 1-4778-0689-X / 978-1-4778-0689-0 (USA edition)
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March 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Lake
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ISBN: 1-4285-1092-3 / 978-1-4285-1092-0 (USA edition)
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October 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Lake
Author(s): Richard Laymon
ISBN: 0-8439-5620-8 / 978-0-8439-5620-7 (USA edition)
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December 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Lake: A chilling tale in which history repeats itself...
Author(s): Richard Laymon
ISBN: 0-7472-6732-4 / 978-0-7472-6732-4 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

July 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Lake by Richard Laymon from Books In Motion.com
Author(s): Richard Laymon
ISBN: 1-59607-703-4 / 978-1-59607-703-4 (USA edition)
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October 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Lake
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October 2007 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Lake
Author(s): Richard Laymon
Publisher: Books in Motion
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June 2012 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Lake: A chilling tale in which history repeats itself...
Author(s): Richard Laymon
Publisher: Headline
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February 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Lake
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