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OVERVIEW: Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon one afternoon in 1945. . . .
Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isnt easy to make friends when youre the only inflatable boy in town. . . .
Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now hes an eight-foot-tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . .
John Finney is locked in a basement thats stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .
Hardcover, 336 pp, William Morrow, 2007. An unready copy kept sealed in acid-free plastic upon receipt here. Small remainder mark.