Esther Shrader, author of the acclaimed Desperate Straits and last year's thriller, The Shadow People, is back with her next frightening novel. Death Walks Among Us tells the tale of a man driven to heroism in the midst of the unexplained rampage of a psychotic killer. As a child, Clarence Bronski wanted to be good, but nothing pleased his fanatically religious stepfather. Then Clarence (who preferred to be called Bruno) found a friend to guide him -- a voice in his head he called Jehovah. Oregon State Trooper Tom Kelly is driven to recapture Bruno Bronski, after the monster kills Tom's best friend and paints a bloody path of mayhem in a single-minded quest for revenge. Meanwhile, the coastal town of Lincoln City, Oregon, is preparing for a huge Labor Day weekend. The local hotels, restaurants, and other merchants expect to set new sales records. What could possibly spoil their plans?