Grave robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It’s true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey’s life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.
Everything changes when Joey’s mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey’s father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey’s life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.
Daniel Kraus’s masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make ROTTERS a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality.
“A strongly written tale of adolescence, grave robbing, and the mysteries of death, ROTTERS is uncompromising, dark, and true.”
GUILLERMO DEL TORO, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Strain & CHUCK HOGAN, The Town, The Strain
“Grueling, demented, and so crammed with noxious awesomeness that I had to read it twice.”
SCOTT WESTERFELD, Leviathan and Uglies
“This is an unforgettable book. An unforgettable character. And an adventure that leads to unforgettable horror. I loved it.”
“This is a bold, utterly fearless, uncompromising story told with such skill, with such beauty, and with such depth of focus it just warps the fabric of reality. I’m jealous of this book. I’m in awe of this book.”
MICHAEL GRANT, the Gone series
“Profoundly affecting and deeply disturbing, ROTTERS kept me reading to the wee hours of the morning. A multi-layered, complex novel that pulls no punches. Terrific!”
RICK YANCEY, The Monstrumologist