Easy-going Kris Kartofski is in the middle of nowhere. His marriage broke down last year, now he just wants to be a good father to his little boy. He visits new girl, Janis, at her family’s isolated ranch. Janis’ brawny aunt Dawn greets him at the porch – she’s bright and bubbly and quick to show off her grandfather’s prized collection of firearms. Dawn seems jovial, but Kris’ desire to make things work blinds him. When he can’t find the keys to his truck, he’s forced to admit something’s not right. For one thing, chatty Dawn appears to have total control over another person in the ranch – Janis’ morose, silent stepmother, Reina.
“The storm batters the roof. Unfazed, Dawn says a rambling prayer about appreciating all the food God gives us every day of our lives and Janis hands me a heavy carving knife for the pig. ‘You’re man of the house now,’ she says softly. I stand up, take the knife from her and nod: the ritual is about to begin.”
A dark, brooding, psychological thriller set in Fort Worth, Texas featuring cool, collected Kris Kartofski, a man who takes a risk any of us could take – meeting a quiet girl for a first date – with devastating consequences.
Slaughterhouse featured in Crime Fiction Lover’s ‘New Talent November’ series in 2012 and has been nominated for a major international thriller award. This is one little book everyone should be talking about.