The Bone Parade

The Bone Parade

by Mark Nykanen

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Ashley Stassler is not your average artist. He has been wildly praised for a series of bronze sculptures that group families together, depicting them in moments of excruciating physical and emotional pain--but the art world has no clue as to how he creates such authentic, gruesome, seemingly tortured human representations. He assigns each family a number, and now he's up to number nine. What's in store for family #9? Cruelty and savagery that you can't even imagine . . .

The Bone Parade introduces a villain who is as methodical, calculating, and detached as any found in the best fiction. It's gripping. It's chilling. You might be too afraid to read on, but you'll never be able to tear your eyes away.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401399320
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 02/11/2004
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 315,024
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Mark Nykanen won four Emmys and an Edgar Award in his last four years at NBC News, where he worked as an on-camera investigative reporter. Nykanen has been an award-winning radio news director and talk show host at KDKB Radio in Phoenix, as well as a public television reporter and news anchor in Arizona. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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"They moved here from Pennsylvania. Harrisburg to be precise. Public records are extraordinarily revealing. I always use them. I simply don't want a family that's moved from one side of town to the other or from two streets over. Better they've made a big move, far from those who know them or might miss them in an hour, and evening, or on the day that follows. Give me a day and I'm gone for good. And so are they..."

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Artful and well written, the complex, macabre tale The Bone Parade, will leave the reader frozen in his chair."

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Bone Parade 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
MissLisa002 More than 1 year ago
An excellent read! If you like pyschological thrillers, you will enjoy this book. The author really gets you into the plot. I had such a hard time putting this book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My father in law who is an avid reader, picked up Bone Parade on his weekly trip to Barnes and Noble. He has since passed it on to me and it was so thrilling and gross at the same time that I could not put it down. It has traveled through our family and has been a constant source of conversation!!
Bookmarque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The thing that struck me the most about Stassler was despite his monstrously huge ego, he really created nothing. Sure he thought he was ¿carving¿ their flesh when he made them lose weight and then strength train to bring out the muscle tone he so desired, but he wasn¿t really doing anything except taking casts of their bodies. The fact that most critics and art lovers applauded the resulting statues only fed his conviction that he was the only true artist left. The one area that did produce negative criticism were his faces. Because he couldn¿t display the actual faces of the people he killed, he sculpted originals and they weren¿t as good as the rest of the work, and they said he just couldn¿t ¿do¿ faces. The one thing he created from his own mind and hands was the one thing that wasn¿t up to par. Fitting. The plot was a little derivative though. It reminded me of Waxwork with Vincent Price. In that he used real women to mold his statues, this one just expanded it to whole families and bronze. Also, he had no Igor in the form of Charles Bronson to assist him. And he wasn¿t scarred, instead Stassler thought of himself as the physical ideal.
mel-L-co0l-j on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i came across this book in a used bookstore, and didn't expect much. i chose it because i read the prologue, which hinted at a tale about dark arts, human monsters, and the underbelly of accepted society. i expected something derivative, but the book was cheap so i went for it.books by authors with whom you're not familiar are doubly delightful when they not only turn out to be good, but fantastic. this book indeed deals with dark arts and human monsters, and features a serial killer whose modus operandi and concomitant philosophy are horrifyingly original. his methods of madness are, arguably the most disturbing of any fictional serial killer. additionally, the book is well-written, and involves a sub-story involving a relationship between the killer and one of his victims -- bringing the disturbo factor to an even more fevered pitch. i'm loathe to talk too much about the plot, as i'm very sensitive to spoilers. but, if you like well-written horror books involving super-sadistic killers, the psychology between victim and killer, believable characters you can sympathize with or despise, and a taut, suspenseful yarn, give this a try.this work gets a solid and unusual 5 stars from me. i'm jonesing for more Nykanen.
ct.bergeron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ashley Stassler is a world-famous sculptor who abducts and kills entire families (cue the Red Dragon) in order to make the ultimate "art" from their dying flesh (remember Buffalo Bill?), and his ego is even bigger than his reputation ("I expect I'll not only be forgiven but I'll be more sought after than ever before. There'll be rock bands named Stassler, and my sculpture will sell for several times its original price"). Nykanen's spin on these Thomas Harris tropes gives the killer his own first-person POV and one of his latest victims a particularly disturbing case of Stockholm syndrome ("I clamp my hand over her mouth.... And then-I don't believe it-she slips her tongue against my fingers. What a wench.... I love her"). In a lackluster subplot, a junior art professor named Lauren Reed learns that her most promising student has gone missing during an internship at Stassler's Utah ranch. The connection is a hunky reporter named Ry Chambers, who interviews Lauren as well as Stassler. Nykanen loads up his tale with plenty of voyeuristic sadism on Stassler's end, while the predictable trysting between Lauren and Ry is all gushy romance ("her mouth opened as readily as leaves in the desert to an early morning mist"). Fans of Harris and other dark thriller writers may eat this one up, but no amount of good details or spine-tingling descriptions can replace original plotting and characters.
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Best twisted thrilled I've read
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This book is FANTASTICALLY twisted. Pure Brilliance.
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Non-stop action thriller that has you enthralled from beginning to end! So chilling but i could not stop reading it! Will not answer my doorbell again without serious trepidation.
fairygrandmother More than 1 year ago
Faced paced psychological thriller...can't put it's like peeking through your fingers at a scary don't want to know but you really do want to know whats going on...don't forget to breathe
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best written books I have read in awhile. I think I may have found a new favorite writer! This is definatly a must have read for the fiction fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a truly excellent horror story, with the lead character as creepy as they come! I loved it! Scary, exciting, and even sexy, it's a real satisfying story! If you love a great thriller--READ THIS ONE! You won't be sorry!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book. I've been reading horror novels for the last 20 years and haven't been this knocked over by a book in a very long time. I read the whole book in 2 days. Mark Nykanen is a true dark horror writer, and has given me hope since the passing of my next favorite author, the late great Richard Laymon. Mr. Nykanen gives such spine tingling descriptions of the most torturous, achingly painful and fear-inducing physical and mental trials, I actually felt some of the victim's fear. Your heart actually speeds up in time with the characters¿ tensions and fears, his writing is that crisp. His villain is suave, intelligent, and very much an everyday person on the outside-always the best 'monster' in books, for real people are indeed the scariest monsters of all. Great analogies between perception and reality in art and life, fantastic sexual imagery, and some true surprises and twists I couldn't have predicted. Do yourself a favor, if you're seeking a real creepy trip into a world so bizarre it seems real, buy this book. It is one of the best I've read in years. His other book 'Hush' is also incredible, with one of the cruelest psychopaths ever invented.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Bone Parade' takes the art of the thriller to a whole new level. The sexual tension that Nykanen creates with his deranged protagonist is frighteningly real. As a reader I found myself sickly attracted to the main character --turned on by what he was doing. Perhaps I too fell prey to his psycho spell! I was excited to read this new work by Nykanen. His first book 'Hush' was a page turner that scared me to death. Unlike 'Hush' which leaves you double locking your doors--afraid of the boogie man outside, 'Bone Parade' made me scared of my own inner thoughts. A real accomplishment .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This page-turner isn't just a normal thriller; it's also beautifully written, graceful and even eloquent. Yet at the same time it's filled with the hilarious black humor of its complicated and deeply disturbed protagonist. An unusally fine and textured novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting book. The beginning just draws you in like on a rope and you cannot put the book down, but a little more than halfway through, it becomes too predictable and descends into just an ordinary suspense thriller. Overall, recommended for its intrigue and the 'very' compelling beginning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I borrowed an advanced copy of this title from a friend after reading the back and thought it sounded wonderful. I was sort of right. I'm going to be honest, it wasn't an excellent book. I gave it 3.5 stars only because I had to add in the creep factor for how disturbing it was (which made it compelling). I overall felt robbed, it was headed in a great direction, but the ending was totally predictable and hollywood-esque. The disturbing parts make you wonder what Mark Nykanen is like but you marvel at how well written they are versus the lame ending. Worth borrowing from a friend but think before buying.