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Publisher's Summary

From the dark imagination of New York Times best-selling novelist Daniel Kraus - co-author with Guillermo del Toro of The Shape of Water (which as a film won the Academy Award for Best Picture) - comes a Halloween crime story that's like nothing you've ever heard before.

When trick or treat becomes life or death

At the end of Yellow Street, in a ruined junkyard of a house, an angry outcast hatches a scheme to take revenge for all the wrongs he has suffered. With the help of three alienated neighborhood kids, he plans to hide razor blades, poison, drugs, and broken glass in Halloween candy and use the deadly treats to maim or kill dozens of innocent children. But as the clock ticks closer to sundown, will one of his helpers - an innocent himself, in his own streetwise way - carry out or defeat the plan?

Told principally from the child's point of view, in a voice as startling and unforgettable as A Clockwork Orange, Kraus' novel is at once frightening and emotional, thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud funny. It'll make you rethink your concepts of family and loyalty and justice - and will leave you anxiously double-checking the wrappers on your Halloween candy for the rest of your days.

©2019 Daniel Kraus (P)2019 Random House Audio

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insufferable novel and audiobook

I'm not quite sure which was worse, the writing or the performance. I love Hard Case Crimes, but this is one of the worst novels I've ever heard/read. Time to take a break from this publisher.

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Wow...

My feelings about this book are complicated. It is beautifully written, and a beautifully told the story, and I did expect something dark but not in this way. I’m not sure if I should recommend this book to everyone I know or warn people away from it.

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Disturbing yet hilarious

Daniel Kraus was in his top form with Blood Sugar. He has this way of making even the most broken characters relatable. I love how he intertwines stories and characters from other works. It’s like hearing chapters from one all-encompassing tale. Bringing back Kirby Heyborne for the audio brings it all together.

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An incredible piece.

As always, Kraus wows with his dedication to conveying some of the most profound truths in fiction. The hope that we can change, that we can move beyond the wrongs done to us, that we can chase away the demons of our past, if only for a Halloween night.