A zombie movie-obsessed teen is forced to face a dark family secret in this shocking debut literary novel from a talented new author. “Wow! A crazy, wicked knock-out of a book!” -Garth Stein Fourteen-year-old Jeremy Barker attends an all-boys Catholic high school where roving gangs of bullies make his days a living hell. His mother is an absentee pillhead, his older brother a self-diagnosed sex-addict, and his father disappears night after night without explanation. Jeremy navigates it all with a code cobbled together from the zombie movies he’s obsessed with: Night of the Living Dead , 28 Days Late r, Planet Terror , Zombieland , and Dawn of the Dead among others. The code is put to the test when he discovers in his father’s closet a bizarre homemade video of a man strapped to a bed, being prepped for some sort of surgical procedure. As Jeremy attempts to trace the origin of the video, this remarkable debut moves from its sharp, precocious beginnings to a climax of almost unthinkable violence, testing him, and the reader, to the core. From the Trade Paperback edition.