Carl Houseman is a night shift deputy sheriff in Nation County, Iowa. Not the sort of place you would expect to find a house full of horrifically maimed bodies and signs of Satanism. A frantic call brings the law to the scene and for the next 11 days the investigation seeks the responsible party. This is a very easy-to-read crime novel. The author is an Iowan deputy sheriff himself, so he speaks of what he knows, at least as far as the constabulary practices goes. It did strike me as a little far fetched that there was as much naughty business going on in this little town as he would have us accept, but if one is willing to suspend that bit of rationality, it was a fun ride. Not a great book, but a painless way to spend some time.