12.26.2006

HH Com 451

New York homicide detective Harry Mahon is called to a murder scene as unusual as it is grisly. The murder victim has been torn to pieces as if by a large animal. There are no clues and the neighbors claim not to have seen or heard anything. Mahon has recently “died” himself, and been brought back by the emergency team at Bellevue hospital. This is his first case since recovering. He is a lapsed Catholic who insists he went nowhere and saw nobody when he was clinically dead. When you die, you rot, he says. But as he investigates a series of similar murders which are committed around the City, Mahon’s memories come back and he realizes that he did go somewhere. The gates of Hell were opened to allow him to return, and something which was meant to stay there escaped along with him. Moreover, he realizes one of them must return before the night of the full moon, which is one week away. He must find and stop a murderer that can neither be arrested nor jailed, and he must do it before he becomes a victim himself.

That will teach him to miss Confession and Sunday mass.

Nameless faceless evil is boring.
I like Ol' Harry but we need more about what he's up against.

8 comments:

Inkwolf said...

I like your near-death, gates-of-hell premise! :)

xiqay said...

Me too. I like this premise. Good luck to Harry and you.

Ski said...

No surprise here - I have an opposing opinion from "Fearless Leader." I like this, and it's not my usual fare. Good Luck.

Rgds..........Ski

writtenwyrdd said...

I'd like this better if Harry KNOWS he got a get out of Hell free card, and it's his responsibility (for having let something creep back with him) which makes him at fault for the string of deaths. That would give your protag a real motive to solve the crimes. First, he wants to get in good with God so he doesn't go to Hell again. Second, just plain old normal guilt. He's not a bad guy.

This, however, might be little too much like Constantine.

One mention. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher star one Harry Dresden. YOu might want to change Harry's name to something else.

This could be a good supernatural detective novel, which are quite popular. If you can write like LKH or Jim Butcher, this will get published.

writergirl25 said...

This reminds me of Hideaway by Dean Koontz. I liked that book, so probably would enjoy this one.

Anonymous said...

They had a TV series like this. Dead guy comes back. Has to track down escapees from hell. Not a lot of episodes, but well done. John Glover played the devil AND God. Cleverly.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165564/

I Said said...

Quite a switch from being sent back from heaven to earn your wings...

Sounds interesting actually; murder mystery with a twist.

Anonymous said...

If you can do this well (which seems likely based on this small writing sample) I'm excited! Her Snarkiness has a point about the n.f. evil, but if you emphasize Harry's connection to the whatever-it-is I'll be happy when I read it. (when you publish it :) I have faith in you...