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"Hannah’s unreliable, elliptical narrative is seductive and compelling, like following someone into a fever dream ... [Oates] is in no hurry to trigger the action, dropping tiny morsels of foreshadowing to keep us on our toes." —The New York Times Book Review
“Unsettling, mysterious, deft, sinister, eerily plausible.” —Margaret Atwood, best-selling author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments, via Twitter
In the waning days of the turbulent 1970s, in the wake of unsolved child-killings that have shocked Detroit, the lives of several residents are drawn together with tragic consequences.
There is Hannah, wife of a prominent local businessman, who has begun an affair with a darkly charismatic stranger whose identity remains elusive; Mikey, a canny street hustler who finds himself on a chilling mission to rectify injustice; and the serial killer known as Babysitter, an enigmatic and terrifying figure at the periphery of elite Detroit. As Babysitter continues his rampage of abductions and killings, these individuals intersect with one another in startling and unexpected ways.
Suspenseful, brilliantly orchestrated, and engrossing, Babysitter is a starkly narrated exploration of the riskiness of pursuing alternate lives, calling into question how far we are willing to go to protect those whom we cherish most. In its scathing indictment of corrupt politics, unexamined racism, and the enabling of sexual predation in America, Babysitter is a thrilling work of contemporary fiction.
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Little DeathsEllen Datlow and J. Calvin Pierce and Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg and Joel Lane and Joyce Carol Oates and Melanie Tem and Kelley Eskridge and Sarah Clemens and Nicola Griffith and M. John Harrison and Jack Womack and Douglas Clegg and K. W. Jeter and Richard Christian Matheson and Lucius Shepard and Stephen Dedman and Lucy Taylor and Harry Crews and Wayne Allen Sallee and Nicholas Royle and Pat Cadigan
InfernoNathan Ballingrud and Laird Barron and Elizabeth Bear and Simon Bestwick and P. D. Cacek and Pat Cadigan and Ellen Datlow and Terry Dowling and Paul Finch and Jeffrey Ford and Christopher Fowler and Stephen Gallagher and John Grant and Glen Hirshberg and K. W. Jeter and Mike O'Driscoll and Joyce Carol Oates and Mark Samuels and Lucius Shepard and Lee Thomas and Conrad Williams
The DarkEllen Datlow and Jeffrey Ford and Tanith Lee and Terry Dowling and Mike O'Driscoll and Gahan Wilson and Jack Cady and Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen Gallagher and Daniel Abraham and Ramsey Campbell and Sharyn McCrumb and Charles L. Grant and Kathe Koja and Lucius Shepard and Kelly Link and Glen Hirshberg
Lovecraft UnboundEllen Datlow and Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud and Richard Bowes and Anna Tambour and Brian Evenson and Amanda Downum and Joel Lane and Holly Phillips and William Browning Spencer and Caitlín R. Kiernan and Michael Cisco and Marc Laidlaw and Joyce Carol Oates and Lavie Tidhar and Simon Kurt Unsworth and Michael Shea and Gemma Files and Sarah Monette and Laird Barron and Elizabeth Bear and Nick Mamatas
When Things Get DarkEllen Datlow and Joyce Carol Oates and Josh Malerman and Carmen Maria Machado and Paul Tremblay
The Cat Saw Murder: A Rachel Murdock Mystery (An American Mystery Classic)Dolores Hitchens and Joyce Carol Oates
Cutting EdgeJoyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood and Aimee Bender and Edwidge Danticat and Valerie Martin and Bernice L. McFadden
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