Riley Laron and his friend Melanie Brandt live together in Riley's rural Illinois cottage, a bequest from his uncle. Riley is a freelance writer who augments his income as a part-time janitor/handyman. Melanie paints portraits. Riley and Melanie are not affluent, but their lifestyle is happy and free. Walking his dog Halloween evening Riley secretly observes a ritual murder performed in an abandoned church. The next morning Riley returns to the church and finds a cauldron containing burnt chicken bones, a bloodstained floor, a partially burnt Bible, and a ceremonial knife. Riley removes the Bible and the knife. Riley later returns to the church with the police -- all ritual evidence is gone.
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May 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback