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 Under the Lake

by Stuart Woods

"As Stephen King described it, Woods' second novel is 'part detective story, part ghost story, part Southern Gothic' ... The protagonist, John Howell, is a burned-out journalist, unhappily married and a lush, who leaves his wife to write the 'autobiography' of a businessman. Holed up in a lakeside cabin in Southerland, Ga., he learns that the town is named for Eric Southerland, an industrialist who founded it and rules it, who created the lake by building a dam. Under the lake lies what once was a valley settled by Irish immigrants, a few of whose descendants now live in Southerland. In no time, Howell learns that this is a town with an old, dark secret ... " -- Chicago Tribune