Two of the greatest storytellers of our time join forces to create an epic thriller of unsurpassed power; a twisting, compelling story of a small American town held in the grip of evil beyond all reason.
French Landing, Wisconsin. A comfortable, solid middle-American town inhabited by comfortable, solid middle-Americans . . . and a serial killer.
Three children have been lost - taken by a monster with a taste for child's flesh nicknamed "The Fisherman" after a legendary murderer. It's all way beyond the experience of the local police, whose only hope lies with ex-detective Jack Sawyer, the man who cracked their last case for them. But, plagued by visions of another world, Jack has retired to this rural retreat precisely to avoid such horrors - and, having recognised the touch of madness on this case, he's keeping well away.
Soon, he'll have no choice. Young Tyler Marshall, left behind one afternoon by his bullying friends, pedals past the local old folks' home and is accosted by a crow. "Gorg," it caws, and "Ty." What ten-year-old could resist a bird that speaks his name? Not Ty, that's for sure. And as he follows the mysterious crow, he's grabbed by the neck and dragged into a hedge.
The Fisherman has made another catch . . .