I love this author’s work. I’ve heard people sneer at it because of the subject matter or style, but I can honestly say that no one has ever been able to suck me immediately into a story the way this writer does. Every. Single. Time. I discovered this particular book shortly after I moved to New Orleans after I graduated from college (at the library!) I remember going there on my day off, picking up the nearly 800-page tome because I had read some of his others, and settling down on my pallet bed in my tiny apartment. Nearly three days later, I surfaced just in time to go back to work. This book had a huge effect on my thinking for a long time…about good and evil, about fear and how we face it, how we live, what we do to survive, what loyalty and friendship mean, how people handle a crisis, you name it. I’ve gone back to a lot of books over the years to read them again, but this one always gets me in new and deeper ways every time I read it. It meant so much to me that when the author released it finally whole and uncut, I immediately went and bought it. In hardback. It’s definitely time for this one to come back to the bedside.