By Lon S. Cohen
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Canyon Park is bowed down under a relentless torrent of rain. The fields are flooded, the bridges crumble and the increasingly isolated town is host to a serial killer with a grudge against the wealthy Lollo family. Slipping between a small cast of characters; the killer, the tortured policeman hiding a dark secret, the returning son, the inquisitive librarian, the boy caught between cultures.... each of these marred, struggling humans a part of the threadbare fabric of the town. Throughout the story, secrets and motivations are slowly revealed, people continue to die, and it continues to rain. - Emily from POD People The story is about a Native American, driven to madness by his experience growing up in the small upstate New York town of Canyon Park being discriminated, molested and ostracized. In his mind, various characters of his tribe's mythology and American popular culture vie for his soul. He terrorizes the residents of Canyon Park, murdering those he judges guilty, to punish them for their crimes against him and his ancestors. Strangely, since the killing spree began, there has been a deluge of constant rain adding to the dismal mood and hampering efforts to stop him while the resident also battle nature's fury. Under these conditions, various characters gather from places as close as the local library, to as far away as New York City, to absolve their sins and stop their beloved town from being eroded away. All the characters are eventually stripped bare in this trying time and face their naked souls, their dark inner parts that they are afraid to see and their true selves. America's national guilt over the destruction of the Native American culture is weaved through the motivation of the characters as they struggle with the consequences of acts they committed in the past or the acts of their kin. The Indian Boarding Schools and the Mythology of Iroquois Creation Myth were thoroughly researched and are based on fact though the setting and characters are all fictional. Thanks Tom Cote for his version of Amazing Grace in my last chapter.
||Chapter 0||In the prologue we are introduced to the killer and his first victim along with some of the voices he carries in his head.||6/19/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 1||In this chapter we are introduced to the first of the characters whose point of view the story and the events are revealed. Carlton Williams is having lunch at the local diner with some of his companions on the police investigation team as they discuss th||6/19/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 2||In this chapter we are introduced to Gary Connors, an Oneida who has been victimized by the system that was in place in Canyon Park during his youth. Gary has been hearing some strange things in his head lately.||6/19/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
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||Chapter 3||In this chapter Francine Miller is told that her old boyfriend, Marc Lollo is back in town. She is the librarian of Canyon park and as she goes to open up the library Detective Carlton Williams is waiting for her with some grim news about Ann Lollo, Mac's||6/19/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 4||Marc Lollo comes to town for the reading of his Aunt's will. He finds that his Aunt's death was not as natural as he was told and that his home town is not the same as it used to be.||6/19/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 5||Ralph, the local mortician finds out some interesting news about the killer and he implores his friend Detective Carlton to dig back into his past to link the serial killings to a dark event from when Carlton first came onto the police force thirty years||6/19/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 6||John, a young Oneida man caught between cultures, comes into contact with the worst of Canyon Park. At home on the reservation, his grandfather, a member of the ruling council of his clan, tells him that they must bridge the distance between Whites and On||6/27/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 7||Marc gets into a little car trouble but luckily he runs into his old flame from high school, Francine Miller.||6/29/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 08||In this chapter, Carlton runs into John, the Oneida youth, in his police station. Upon questioning John, Carlton gets the idea that things may not be all that they seem. Jerry pops into the office acting his usual obnoxious self when suddenly officers com||7/5/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 09||In this chapter, Francine and Marc talk intimately in the library.||7/5/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 10||Gary has a dream about Oprah.||7/12/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 11||Carl comes home to find his wife and her prayer group. They pray about the rain and then Carl and Joyce talk, ending the first day in Canyon Park. It's all downhill from here...||7/20/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 12||In this chapter, Marc Lollo finds himself in a precarious predicament while pitching in to help Jerry and Carlton with the local residents.||8/14/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 13||Gary Connors runs away while the voices argue on about how to proceed.||8/14/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 14||Carlton confronts Gary.||8/15/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 15||Marc and Francine learn the dark secret about Marc's grandfather and begin putting together the pieces of the puzzle.||9/5/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 16||Grandfather takes Marc and Francine to the reservation for a strange encounter with Oneida mythology.||9/5/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 17||Gary runs home and leaves behind his last vestige of sanity and redemption.||9/5/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter 18||The final confrontation as the heroes travel to Gary's farm.||9/6/2006||Free||View In iTunes|
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i was soooo glad to find this!!!!
i was downloading this book directly from podibooks one per week, because i'm not savy enough to figure out how to get the book all at once. i just couldnt wait another week...this book will have you on tender hooks!!! the atmosphere is creepy, a truly organic and spiritual thriller. my only complaint is that the guy narrates some times goes too fast, so when inconsiderate co-workers talk to me i have to rewind and re-listen.
Different kind of story
I liked the Indian background in the story. It kept me interested throughout the day. Good listen.
Erosion - a must read!
After reading the paperback, which I though was excellent, I've been made aware there is an audio version of the book - I can't wait to take this ride again in the Audio format!