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Nocturnal by Scott Sigler

Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind. How else to explain the dreams he keeps having—dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him—not disgust, not horror, but excitement. As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence “Pookie” Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem. For the victims are all enemies of a seemingly ordinary young boy—a boy who is gripped by the same dreams that haunt Bryan. Meanwhile, a shadowy vigilante, seemingly armed with superhuman powers, is out there killing the killers. And Bryan and Pookie’s superiors—from the mayor on down—seem strangely eager to keep the detectives from discovering the truth. Doubting his own sanity and stripped of his badge, Bryan begins to suspect that he’s stumbled into the crosshairs of a shadow war that has gripped his city for more than a century—a war waged by a race of killers living in San Francisco’s unknown, underground ruins, emerging at night to feed on those who will not be missed. And as Bryan learns the truth about his own intimate connections to the killings, he discovers that those who matter most to him are in mortal danger…and that he may be the only man gifted—or cursed—with the power to do battle with the nocturnals. Featuring a dazzlingly plotted mystery and a terrifying descent into a nightmarish underworld—along with some of the most incredible action scenes ever put to paper, and an explosive, gut-wrenching conclusion you won’t soon forget — Nocturnal is the most spectacular outing to date from one of the genre’s brightest stars.
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Feb 23, 2015

The dust has settled in the catacombs of Marie’s Children. Bryan, Pookie and Black Mister Burns face a new reality, a world where Bryan is wanted for multiple murders and has no way to clear his name. As they deal with the ramifications of Chief Zou’s lies, there is also the lethal issue of a serial killer on the loose: Tard is out there, and he’s looking to add to his collection of severed hands.

Feb 23, 2015

Bryan Clauser has descended into the labyrinth of tunnels below San Francisco, into the home of the killer cult known as Marie’s Children. They have his partner, Pookie Chang, and are about to put Pookie to death. Bryan and his heavily armed comrades: Black Mister Burns, Adam Jessup and Alder Jessup, have engaged the enemy. When we last left Bryan, he had leapt from the ledge of a sprawling cavern toward the deck of a ruined galleon that has sat below San Francisco for 200 years. His target: Teenager Rex Deprovdechuk and the murderers who call him “King.”

Feb 23, 2015

The killing has begun. Far below the streets of San Francisco, Pookie Chang and other members of the SFPD have been put on trial by Rex Deprovdechuk, the King of the murderous cult known as Marie’s Children. Will Pookie get a death sentence? Meanwhile, Bryan Clauser is forcing Aggie James to take him into the tunnels. Will Bryan, Black Mister Burns and the Jessups reach Pookie in time for a stay of execution?

Feb 23, 2015

Following a battle at San Francisco General Hospital, Pookie Chang was taken by Rex, Pierre and Sly. What will Marie’s Children do with him? John “Black Mister Burns” Smith has spent years hiding in either his apartment, or at the SFPD headquarters. Now Bryan Clauser has called upon John to be part of the fight. He can’t be silent any longer. All roads lead to the tunnels beneath San Franciso, to the lair of Marie’s Children.

Feb 23, 2015

Marie’s Children attacked San Francisco General Hospital, and made off with not only Jebediah Erickson, the Savior, but also Pookie Chang. Pookie’s partner, Bryan Clauser, was badly injured in the fight. He is with Adam and Alder Jessup, and with Aggie James, the street bum who was held captive by Marie’s Children. Bryan and Co are racing to the apartment of Robin Hudson, who might be the monsters next target. Can they get to Robin in time?

Feb 23, 2015

Bryan Clauser and Pookie Chang are at San Francisco General Hospital. They suspect that Chief of Police Amy Zou — the most powerful cop in The City — is crooked, and about to turn Jebediah Erickson over to the murderous cult known as Marie’s Children. Erickson is the vigilante killer “Savior.” A fight with Bryan left Erickson in critical condition, and the old man is now a sitting duck for Sly, Pierre, Sucka and Rex, who all want the old man dead.

Feb 23, 2015

Rex Deprovdechuk claims to be the king of Marie’s Children, but to cement his rule, he must become one with the Queen. Aggie James finally escaped the White Dungeon, but he didn’t get far. Now he comes face to face with new threats: Bryan Clauser and Pookie Chang. Amy Zou has returned home to her family — what will she do to keep her twin daughters alive?

Feb 23, 2015

San Francisco Police Chief Amy Zou is on her way to see Rex Deprovdechuk, who is at Zou’s house — where her husband and two children are held captive. Zou has been instructed to tell no one if she ever wants to see her family again. Meanwhile, street bum Aggie James has his new charge in tow, but he is finally escaping the underground lair of murder, mutants and the White Dungeon. How far will he get? And in those lairs, the hideous creation known as “Mommy” awaits her next husband …

Feb 23, 2015

San Francisco Chief of Police Amy Zou once took Jebediah Erickson off the streets, then, when she learned of the carnage that act created, she was responsible for the cover-up that got him out of the asylum. Now her 30-year involvement with Savior is about to affect her in the worst way she can imagine.

Feb 23, 2015

Aggie James was kidnapped from the Streets of San Francisco, held captive in the White Dungeon, and forced to watch horrible things. Hillary, one of Marie’s Children, promised Aggie a means of escape: in this episode, we learn the price of that promise. Bryan Clauser has learned more of his true nature, and learned that he must protect Jebediah Erickson, the man known as The Savior. Joined by the grandfather/grandson team of Alder and Adam Jessup, he is on his way to San Francisco General Hospital, where Erickson is being held under high security in the mental health wing.

Feb 23, 2015

We’ve seen Rex change from a bullying victim, the smallest and weakest kid in school, into a dealer of death, a leader, and the chosen one of Marie’s People. For nearly two centuries, his people have lived in fear of extinction, lived like insects in the dirt. How did they come to live beneath the streets of San Francisco?

Feb 23, 2015

Bryan knows of his connection to Marie’s Children, but he still doesn’t have any real answers. There is one place he knows he can get them: from Savior’s weapons maker, the grandfather/grandson team of Jebediah and Adam Jessup. Rex Deprovdechuk has taken his place as the the leader of Marie’s Children, but — like Bryan — there is much still to learn.

Feb 23, 2015

Rex Deprovdechuck is the chosen one, the “King,” or so he is told by his new friends Sly, Pierre, Sir Voh and Fort. They have taken Rex to a tunnel complex below the streets of San Francisco, and are about to introduce him to his true people — Marie’s Children. But before Rex can assume the mantle of leadership, he must face the current ruler: Firstborn.

Feb 23, 2015

Aggie James hopes to escape the nightmare factory far below the streets of San Francisco. Hillary, one of his captors, has promised him a way out. To let Aggie know the cost of failure, she showed him the the bloated obscenity known as “Mommy.” Aggie watched as Mommy took a groom, one Alex Panos, former tormenter of Rex Deprovdechuk. Now that this “ceremony” is done, Aggie will watch Alex suffer through “The Groom’s Walk.”

Feb 23, 2015

Rex Deprovdechuk spent his entire short life being ostracized, bullied, and alone. Now, he has new friends, friends that call him King, and they are taking him deeper into the caverns beneath San Francisco to see his “Kingdom” for the first time. Aggie James is already there. Held prisoner for days in the White Dungeon, one of his captors — a woman named Hillary — has offered him a way out. Aggie is willing to do anything to see the surface again, or so he thinks.

Feb 23, 2015

The genetic test results are back for Bryan and Erickson, and the news isn’t good. Black Mister Burns’ analysis on the San Francisco murder rate makes for more bad tidings. And in the White Dungeon, Aggie’s new cellmate, Alex Panos, is heading for a nasty ending.

Feb 23, 2015

The melee at Savior’s house left Bryan and Erickson both wounded. Erickson is in the ICU, but Bryan is not — is what Bryan fears might be happening to him actually happening? San Francisco Chief of Police Amy Zou and Polyester Rich Verde visited Erickson’s basement and saw the stuffed remnants of serial killers past. Zou announced to the entire department that Bryan and Pookie are now civilians: they are cops no longer. Rex met Pierre, Sly, Sir Voh and Fort. With Alex Panos in tow, Rex and his little friends are off on a new adventure.

Feb 23, 2015

In the last few episodes, the bodies have hit the floor: Bryan, with a bullet in his arm … Erickson, with a knife in the belly … and Rex Deprovdechuk, shot in the stomach by Alex Panos. But Alex couldn’t finish the job, because just after he fired, the roof collapsed — as Rex passed out, he heard Alex’s screams.

Feb 23, 2015

Pookie and Black Mister Burns followed Bryan into the house of Jebediah Erickson, thought by some to be the vigilante killer known as “the Savior.” Pookie found the front door — thick oak with a heavy metal security bar — knocked right off the frame. While Burns stayed on the front porch overlooking San Francisco’s busy Franklin Street, Pookie went inside after Bryan. He found his partner, and together, they entered the basement — something surprised them, and shots were fired.

Feb 23, 2015

The Savior’s house calls to Bryan, taunting him to enter, promising that questions … will … be … answered. Bryan’s decision could turn him from lawman to lawbreaker, something Pookie Chang is desperate to stop. Pookie races to Erickson’s, and has even called upon Black Mister Burns to help. Will Pookie and BMB get there in time?

Feb 23, 2015

San Francisco Chief of Police Amy Zou just took Pookie Chang’s badge and gun, and threatened to put Bryan Clauser in jail for murder if he doesn’t back off Jebediah Erickson. Bryan is at Erickson’s house, but doesn’t know he’s being watched by one of Marie’s Children. Meanwhile, Rex Deprovdechuk has finally closed in on BoyCo leader Alex Panos. Rex strangled Alex’s girlfriend to death, and is now ready to take his ultimate revenge on the bully that made his life hell.

Feb 23, 2015

San Francisco Chief of Police Amy Zou has taken Bryan Clauser and Pookie Chang off the case of the BoyCo occult murders — which bolsters their suspicion that Zou is part of a department-wide cover-up — but the duo refuses to let go. They found the maker of the arrowhead used to kill John Doe, and through that maker, found the man who bought the arrowhead: one Jebediah Erickson. Bryan knows Erickson is the key … all he needs is a little more time to close in.

Feb 23, 2015

Bryan and Pookie have been shut down by Chief Amy Zou as the SFPD machine continues a massive cover-up. She’s seized all the evidence, but not before the the occult symbols on the mysterious arrowhead led them to another meeting with charlatan fortune teller Mr. Biz-Nass.

Feb 23, 2015

John Doe is Birdman’s killer, and Rex Deprovdechuck — who murdered his own mother — is related to John Doe. Another BoyCo member is dead, as is the mother of that gang’s last survivor. All the pieces are coming together, but San Francisco Chief of Police Amy Zou has shut the case down, hard. Robin’s apartment becomes ground zero for Robin, Bryan, Pookie and Black Mr. Burns as they plot their next steps.

Feb 23, 2015

Robin Hudson’s role as the acting Chief Medical Examiner is put to the test — work with Brian and Pookie, or obey SFPD Chief Amy Zou and steer clear of the two homicide inspectors. Will her feelings for Brian overrule a job she’s worked toward for years? And that body on her table, a John Doe with an arrow buried in his heart. Who killed the man? Why was he trying to kill Alex Panos, and was he in league with the perp that killed Issac Moses and Alex’s mother Susie?

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