SERIAL KILLER DAYS by David Prill

SERIAL KILLER DAYS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A second satire from Prill (The Unnatural, 1995), who now tries to squeeze humor from the notion that a small Minnesota town has made a tourist attraction out of an annual visit by an anonymous serial killer. Every summer for 21 years, the town of Standard Springs has seen one of its citizens knocked off in grisly fashion by a mysterious murderer--but instead of weeping, the spunky citizenry has made an annual festival of the event. The weeklong celebration kicks off with a 5K Run For Your Life, continues with sold-out performances of the musical The Sound of Maniacs, and culminates with a Scream Queen beauty pageant and a Fear Parade down Main Street on the night the murder takes place. Pretty young Debbie Morning has longed since childhood to become the Scream Queen, but in her last year of competition, at age 18, she realizes it may just be too late. Debbie's problem is that no matter how hard she tries, she can't quite make herself afraid of anything, and her sunny nature shows up only too well in the scream competition that defines the pageant. This year, she enlists aid wherever she can find it--at scary drive-in movies, in a midnight trip to the evil ``Cities,'' even from the ghoulish cousin of her screaming tutor. When nothing works, poor Debbie is inconsolable, until she stumbles across a mysterious stranger, who turns out to be the reclusive Ole Rimbaud, her favorite poet--the man whose work she plans to recite in the talent division of the Scream Queen pageant! Could this scruffy interloper be the serial killer the town has searched for all these years? And if he is, the town elders wonder, might it be better to let him go on killing, so that Serial Killer Days might live? An occasionally amusing send-up of small-town life, but the premise wears thin much too soon.

Pub Date: June 11th, 1996
ISBN: 0-312-14411-3
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1996




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