A novel by Dean Koontz
Calvin Cotton is grieving over the death of his soul-mate - not a mere spouse but rather a second half without whom Calvin cannot survive. Calvin's emotional struggle is so overwhelming that he is pushed to the very edge of sanity. He enters his wife's crypt, opens the coffin in which she has been laid to rest mere days earlier and disappears, taking her body with him on an eerie road trip to some of their favourite destinations where they had shared so much love and pleasure during their brief marriage!
But Calvin is much more than just a disturbed young man struggling with overpowering grief and mental turmoil. He's also the son of Governor Frank Cotton, currently slugging it out on the hustings looking to win the Republican Party's nomination as their candidate for the upcoming presidential elections. Frank Cotton and his slick campaign manager, Gary Orp, are only too aware that his candidacy would never withstand the scandal that would erupt if his son's actions were to surface in the media. They hire Thomas Cashman, a black ops mercenary whose past is clearly very checkered and whose own closet is not short of secrets and buried skeletons, to track down Calvin and take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that a once-buried wife remains buried and the story of his son's illness never sees the light of day!
"Dirt:An American Campaign" is a chilling horror story that deals with the offbeat topic of necrophilia. But surprisingly, it also informs and takes a mature, adult approach to providing an explanation and helping the reader to understand the possible psychological underpinnings of such a bizarre neurosis. "Dirt" is also an extraordinarily fast-paced thriller and a scathing indictment of the American political system and its propensity to focus on sleaze, dirt, scandal and negativity. Taking a page from the James Patterson school of thriller writing, Laflamme's ultra-short, high speed chapters grip a reader by the throat and won't let go. This one will keep you awake until the wee hours!
And that explosive twist in the ending ... oh my! Just when you thought the story was winding down, Laflamme's brilliant ending unwinds it all and the dénouement clearly becomes the beginning of an as yet untold story that will give you a very deep down case of the shivers.
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