First glance, this is a great horror story with blood and guts spilling on the pages. It is also a crime story filled with characters confronted with hard hitting dilemmas. This novel introduced Mike McMahon, the new Paskagankee Chief of Police. He is a deeply developed character and has a background filled with tragedy that haunts his present. The story is also filled with many other characters, from University professor to small town old woman. The development amazes as the characters react to the elements and crisis that confront each of them. I liked the way Allan Leverone used the Native American incident as the backdrop to the story line. This tale/legend added dimension to the story, right to the end. I am looking forward to reading the second in the Paskagankee series, to see what else develops for the township.