From Cemetery Dance:
1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and
breadlines grew in many American cities.
In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make
money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among
the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small time confidence
scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New
In a different part of town, Curtis Mayhew, a young black man who works as a
redcap for the Union Railroad Station, has a reputation for mending quarrels
and misunderstandings among his friends. What those friends don't know is that
Curtis has a special talent for listening... and he can sometimes hear things
that aren't spoken aloud.
One day, Curtis Mayhew's special talent allows him to overhear a child's cry
for help (THIS MAN IN THE CAR HE'S GOT A GUN), which draws him into the
dangerous world of Partlow and LaFrance.
This gritty depression-era crime thriller is a complex tale enriched by
powerfully observed social commentary and hints of the supernatural, and it
represents Robert McCammon writing at the very top of his game.