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Bone White starts off with a dinner full with the usual morning crowd as this thriller kicks off with a bang. Joe Mallory walks in, orders a hot chocolate, and says he killed eight people in a small remote town. His appearance is a bit off, he is unshaven, wearing ragged clothes and suffering from frost bite. His presence leaves everyone wondering if he is out of his mind and serious about his claim. Wow, what a beginning to what is an excellent story. The characters are very well developed I swear I’ve met them before because they feel real and three-dimensional. These were characters I cared about and bond with. I really dug the antagonist Mallory because he gave me the most unsettling feelings. His actions, the out of left field comments, and his demeanor made him a great character. This is one of the many aspects I love when I read a Ronald Malfi book. I also get more than a plot, I get great storytelling and I feel like I’m on a journey, not reading a book.
The town life and atmosphere of this Alaskan town couldn’t feel more authentic. The landscape Ronald creates has a level of realism you don’t find often. He crafted a murder mystery that I had a hard time putting down. Not only did this murder mystery have me engrossed, but the missing person case did as well. In addition, the ghost stories and/or devil stories, whichever you prefer to call them were very believable, and scary as hell. The story as a whole was gripping from chapter one until the conclusion. When I read The Night Parade last year it was my favorite Ronald Malfi book, Bone White now may take that spot. If you’re new to Ronald Malfi do yourself a favor and pick up this book, then go back and grab The Night Parade.
Length: 384 Pages
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Release date: July 25, 2017
A landscape of frozen darkness punctuated by grim, gray days.
The feeling like a buzz in your teeth.
The scrape of bone on bone. . .
Paul Gallo saw the report on the news: a mass murderer leading police to his victims’ graves, in remote Dread’s Hand, Alaska.
It’s not even a town; more like the bad memory of a town. The same bit of wilderness where his twin brother went missing a year ago. As the bodies are exhumed, Paul travels to Alaska to get closure and put his grief to rest.
But the mystery is only beginning. What Paul finds are superstitious locals who talk of the devil stealing souls, and a line of wooden crosses to keep what’s in the woods from coming out. He finds no closure because no one can explain exactly what happened to Danny.
And the more he searches for answers, the more he finds himself becoming part of the mystery.
“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The setting, the words, the ending. Color me impressed.”
–Melissa Reads on The Night Parade
“The Night Parade has a creepy vibe and some genuinely terrifying moments. I even teared up a
time or two. It’s everything I look for in a great read.” – Frank Errington on The Night Parade
“One cannot help but think of writers like Peter Straub and Stephen King.”
“Malfi is a skillful storyteller.”—New York Journal of Books
“A complex and chilling tale….terrifying.”—Robert McCammon
“Malfi’s lyrical prose creates an atmosphere of eerie claustrophobia…haunting.”—Publishers
“A thrilling, edge-of- your-seat ride that should not be missed.”
Ronald Malfi, Biography-
Ronald Malfi is an award-winning author of many novels and novellas in the horror, mystery,
and thriller categories from various publishers, including Bone White, this summer’s release
In 2009, his crime drama, Shamrock Alley, won a Silver IPPY Award. In 2011, his ghost
story/mystery novel, Floating Staircase, was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association Bram
Stoker Award for best novel, a Gold IPPY Award for best horror novel, and the Vincent Preis
International Horror Award. His novel Cradle Lake garnered him the Benjamin Franklin
Independent Book Award (silver) in 2014. December Park, his epic childhood story, won the
Beverly Hills International Book Award for suspense in 2015.
Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi’s dark fiction
has gained acceptance among readers of all genres.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1977, and eventually relocated to the Chesapeake Bay
area, where he currently resides with his wife and two children.
Visit with Ronald Malfi on Facebook, Twitter (@RonaldMalfi), or at ronmalfi.com.
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