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After his mother passes away, fourteen-year-old Kelly Benedict has no choice but to escape his home or perish at the hands of his remaining family.
When Agatha Benedict plucked Kelly off the city streets to replace her dead cat Poopsie, she neglected to inform him of some very important house traditions. The history of the Benedict Estate prescribes that once the estate owner passes on, a "will reading" is to take place. However, the reading is more than passing on a loved one's final wishes; it's a figurative gunshot into the air, an alert to all in attendance that a playful game of anything goes murder has begun. The prize? The inheritance, of course. As if visiting, a storm comes in with the guests, trapping everyone on the property for the night. While Kelly plays catch-up on with house rules, once friendly family members have already sharpened their knives. Try as he might, there is no survival if he won't play by the same rules as everyone else.
A uniquely funny and dark murder party satire with big personalities. A coming-of-age story if growing up felt like being stabbed in the back by everyone you hold dear. As suspenseful as Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None and as slapstick as Clue, Dead End Drive is a wild night of nihilism for the sake of personal advances at any cost. Let's be honest: is there anything more valuable than having every last need met for life?
A Note From the Publisher
“Ms. Kirkpatrick has skillfully created a cast of bad guys you are going to love. She also manages a great mix of blood and humor at a steady pace.”
– Richard Dominguez
“This is a really unique book: it's terrifying but not traumatizing, it's funny but not stupid, it's witty but not attempting to be overly smarter-than-thou. I can't put my finger on it other than to say: read it.”
“Holy moly where to start with this book. It's filled with dark humor, gory murder, twisted and despicable characters. This book definitely isn't for every one but if that piques or interest its worth checking out.”