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Spider Mountain

A Novel

P. T. Deutermann

St. Martin's Press

A huge dog came out of the woods from our right and lunged at my face. I ducked the snapping jaws by throwing myself backward hard enough to crack my head on the ground. The dog went over my head, landing in a heap, but then whirled around . . .
 
Summoned by a friend, ex-cop Cam Richter agrees to do a favor: investigate the assault of a young woman in a remote area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cam knows the misty hills and shadowed hollers of the park, and his outdoor skills might break a case that local cops can't---or maybe don't want to---solve.
Cam has no idea how dangerous his search will become, because in this part of Appalachia, matriarch Grinny Creigh and her extended family destroy those who intrude into their web. The Creighs control the crystal meth trade and own just about everything and everyone in their neck of the woods. But they also operate a much worse enterprise, a dark secret that terrifies any children unfortunate enough to come within their grasp.
Blocked by a menacing sheriff with ties to the family, Cam is shut down and sent away, no wiser about why the young woman was attacked and what she saw. He returns, stealthily stalking the Creighs and their secrets, moving ever closer to Grinny's mountain house and what it might conceal . . . not knowing that his presence on her web has been detected, and that the Creighs are hunting him with creatures bred for that purpose and starved into relentless fury.
Spider Mountain features nonstop action, frightening night pursuits through deep wilderness, and a shocking finale---a masterful novel of suspense by the author of The Cat Dancers.
 

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Chapter One The uniformed park ranger looked up from his newspaper. "You're Lieutenant Richter," he said with a frown. "That's right," I said. "Except for the lieutenant part. I'm not with the sheriff's office anymore." The ranger gave me a stony look, as if this news somehow made my appearance there worse. "I'll tell her you're here," he said curtly. He got up from behind the visitors' information counter and walked over to an office door. He paused before opening it. "You're not exactly welcome up here, you know," he said. I just waited. The ranger gave me another hard lo
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Praise for Spider Mountain

Praise for Deutermann's THE CAT DANCERS 
"Well-drawn characters, intelligent, realistic dialogue and top-notch writing….Petrified readers will be checking under the bed and in the closets for any panthers that may have crept inside while they were glued to the pages. -Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
"Tense and exciting….Deutermann has a great feel for the rugged North Carolina landscape and its people, as well as rural police procedures and politics. Highly recommended for all popular fiction collections." -Library Journal (Starred review)
 
"Fast and sure-footed as a mountain lion on the hunt….This is one of those novels that keeps you reading past your bedtime, but it's well worth a few hours of lost sleep." -Charlotte Observer
 
"One of the most original and intense mysteries of the year" -Book Page, Nashville, TN
 
"The cinematic pacing and exciting plot twists make this a thriller that's hard to put down." -OK! Magazine

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • P. T. Deutermann

  • P. T. DEUTERMANN spent twenty-six years in government service before retiring to begin his writing career. He is the author of ten previous novels and lives with his wife in North Carolina.
  • P. T. Deutermann
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Spider Mountain

A Novel

P. T. Deutermann

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