cover image Shadow on the Sun%E2%80%A8

Shadow on the Sun%E2%80%A8

Richard Matheson, read by Mark Bramhall. Blackstone Audio, unabridged, five CDs, 5.5 hrs., $29.95 ISBN 978-1-4417-3995-7%E2%80%A8

When two locals are found dead and mutilated, residents of the frontier com- munity Picture City are convinced the nearby Apaches are responsible. However, Billjohn Finley, provincial agent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, believes the Native Americans are innocent and fears something more sinister is behind the gruesome deaths. As the death toll rises, Finley's fears appear justified and he works to uncover the truth and stop the ancient forces of evil. Mark Bramhall pro- vides plain, straightforward narration for this audio version of Matheson's mashup of traditional western and modern horror. Bramhall expertly brings to life the au- thor's diverse cast, providing pitch-per- fect voices for local townsfolk, the stal- wart hero, and a mysterious stranger who exudes an otherworldly evil. And while Bramhall's reading has a comfortable, old- timey feel to it%E2%80%94which matches the book's tone%E2%80%94listeners shouldn't be fooled: despite his sit-around-the-camp- fire delivery, the narrator whips up more than a few thrills and chills before the story's end. A Tor Books paperback. (July)