Watch out for the hidden things...That's the last thing Calliope Jenkins' best friend and former lover says to her before ending a 2 a.m. phone call from Iowa, where he's investigating a case she knows little about. Five hours later, she gets another call, this time from the police. Josh has been found dead, and foul play is suspected. Calliope is stunned. Especially when Josh leaves a message on her phone a few hours later. Spurred by grief and suspicion, she heads to Iowa herself, accompanied by a stranger who claims to know something about what happened to Josh and who can-maybe-help Calli get him back. The road home is not quite the straight shot she imagined. Josh was involved in something a lot more complicated than a teenage runaway or a deadbeat dad, and Calliope finds herself on a surreal road trip into-and behind-America's heartland, hounded by magical beings twisted by living too long just-out-of-sight, and the secret bogeymen in Calliope's own troubled past. It's a search for the truth about her friend's death and the road she needs to walk if she ever wants to stand on her own.
If Calli's not careful, her worst teenage nightmares could come true: she might never make it out.
"A satisfying blend of noir and magic."--Publishers Weekly
Doyce Testerman was born and raised in the wilds of South Dakota, where he developed an early and lifelong love affair with the written word, especially stories that included a bit more magic, mayhem, or mystery than one typically finds around a large Midwestern farm. He moved to Denver in 1995, where he has steadily ceded control of his weekends to two dogs, his brilliant wife, and two astounding children. He maintains a second home on the internet at doycetesterman.com. He has been a professional writer for over a decade, and his work has appeared in a number of online magazines related to pen-and-paper roleplaying games, computer games and MMOs, and fiction. Hidden Things is his first published novel.