Long Creek in New York’s Hill County is an indignant place—depressed, suspicious, and unforgiving. within the aftermath of a late-November storm from snow, one of many town’s youngest voters, five-year-old Jamie Brokow, the son of rich divorced mom and dad, is kidnapped. His kinfolk can pay the abductors their ransom, however the boy isn't returned—and quickly later on, Fran Spicer, the neighborhood reporter overlaying the case, dies because the results of a mysterious motor vehicle crash that the police are all too desirous to characteristic to alcohol.
Will Schafer edits a newspaper in a neighboring county, and he’s much less keen to push aside the dying of his good friend Spicer so simply. Schafer won’t locate a lot neighborhood aid for his research, however—strangers like him aren't welcome in lengthy Creek. nonetheless, he's decided to discover the reality and spot that justice is served, for Fran and for little Jamie. however the hunt can have robust, unanticipated results for everybody concerned: Schafer, the townspeople, the police, the devastated kinfolk . . . and a strange, disfigured hermit, drawn from his solitude within the wooded area via the worried cries of a small baby within the night.
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