The Wanting by Campbell Black (1986)

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The Wanting
by Campbell Black

Publisher:  McGraw-Hill Book Company
Copyright:  1986

Book Club Edition

Something is very wrong in the state of California.  Carnarvon is a seemingly peaceful little town, a renowned tourist attraction outside of San Francisco, known for the beauty of its serene forests.  But a dark secret haunts the inhabitants:  Every few years a healthy child takes ill with a strange, horrifying disease for which modern medicine can find no cure.  Every few years . . .

Louise and Max Untermeyer are ready for a sabbatical in the country -- Louise is a successful children's illustrator; Max is a doctor with more than a few secrets -- so they pack their bags and leave San Francisco for Carnarvon.  Their young son Dennis, they are sure, will enjoy the beautiful green countryside.

Soon after the Untermeyers arrive at their rustic country house, the troubles begin.  Why is their son starting to drift away from them?  Is it because of his growing friendship with Frog, an amiable hippie living in a nearby trailer?  Or is it his involvement with the Summers, a gracious elderly couple who have taken a fancy to him?  Or is there some deeper secret hidden in the majestic pines?  As their child becomes more and more of a stranger, as the rural peace is invaded by an eerie sense of danger and foreboding, Louise must fight to keep her own sanity -- and to save her son's life.

The Wanting is the novel readers have been waiting for from one of today's most exciting and accomplished writers of suspense fiction.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover is lightly discolored.  Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper.  Pages may be tanning from age.


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