By Dean Koontz
I'm the single, the all and the one. I stay within the Pendleton as without doubt as I stay in all places. i'm the Pendleton's heritage and its future. The construction is my position of notion, my monument, my killing floor. . . .
The Pendleton stands at the summit of Shadow Hill on the maximum aspect of an outdated heartland urban, a Gilded Age palace inbuilt the past due 1800s as a tycoon's dream domestic. virtually from the start, its grandeur has been scarred by means of episodes of insanity, suicide, mass homicide, and whispers of items a ways worse. yet given that its rechristening within the Nineteen Seventies as a luxurious condo construction, the Pendleton has been at peace. For its lucky residents--among them a profitable songwriter and her younger son, a disgraced ex-senator, a widowed legal professional, and a pushed funds manager--the Pendleton's fantastic quarters are a sanctuary, its darkish previous all yet forgotten.
But now inexplicable shadows caper throughout partitions, safety cameras relay most unlikely photos, phantom voices mutter in unusual tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk within the basement, elevators plunge into unknown depths. With every one passing hour a terrifying walk in the park grows: no matter what drove the Pendleton’s earlier occupants to their unspeakable fates is at paintings back. And as nightmare visions turn into genuine, as a dangerous tide starts to engulf them, the folks at seventy seven Shadow highway will locate the most important to humanity’s destiny . . . in the event that they can live on to take advantage of it.
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