For three years, eleven-year-old Brian Stone struggles to leave behind the memories of the North Korean labor camp he and his father escaped in 1959. Now living in suburban Seattle, they remain under the radar and await news of Brian’s mother, still captive—fate unknown. But the U.S. is not the safe haven Brian once imagined—people of color suffer atrocities at the hands of segregationists, and Brian fears his Korean ethnicity will render him a target. Then a young girl is found strangled in Brian’s neighborhood—the first in a series of adolescent murders. The shocking realization that monsters aren’t confined to communist work camps reawakens a mysterious power in Brian—the ability to create momentary “blind spots” in others, temporarily obscuring what is plainly in front of them.
This power helped him survive the labor camp and eventually escape his captors, but now it takes a sinister turn. A bully chasing Brian blindly impales himself on a tree branch. A boy who Brian suspects is torturing animals dashes across the road—oblivious to an approaching car. And when Brian confronts a suspect in the serial killings, the man is accidentally injured in a serious industrial mishap.
When Brian learns the suspect is actually innocent of the killings, he recognizes his gift is out of control, and he in danger of becoming one of the very monsters he’s trying to vanquish. The barricade between past and present comes crashing down. In a moment of desperation, razor blade at his wrist, Brian realizes he has blinded himself to many truths—including the reality of his mother’s whereabouts— but now, if he chooses, he has the chance to heal.
THE BEAST FROM BLIND ALLEY, complete at 81,000 words, is psychological suspense—allowing readers to experience both the euphoria and desolation of American life in the early 60s—an era of cold war with the Soviets, Jim Crow race relations and the dying promise of Camelot.