A creepy-crawly page-turner about a horrifying home infestation that will get all the way under your skin, from New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-winning author Ben H. Winters. Alex and Susan’s new Brooklyn apartment seems too good to be true. Big kitchen, lots of light, a real bedroom for their little girl, even a studio for Susan to paint in—all for under $4,000 a month. Yes, the landlord is a little intense, and they’re not allowed in the basement, but who needs to go in the basement, right? But then Susan starts hearing mysterious noises, feeling crawling sensations on her skin and in her throat, and seeing bugs nobody else can see. The exterminator swears there are no bedbugs in the building—but does that mean they’re infested with something even worse? From the author of The Last Policeman and The Quiet Boy, this real-estate nightmare will make you think twice about your dream home. FOR FANS OF T. KINGFISHER, CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN, SARAH GAILEY, AND RILEY SAGER: Readers of WHAT MOVES THE DEAD, GHOST EATERS, JUST LIKE HOME, and LOCK EVERY DOOR will enjoy this page-turning horror-thriller with just a hint of satirical edge. BESTSELLING, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Ben H. Winters has had multiple books hit the NYT bestseller list and has won the Edgar Award for mystery writing, the Philip K. Dick award in science fiction, the Sidewise Award for alternate history, and France’s Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire. REAL-ESTATE HORROR IS THE NEW FAVORITE SUB-GENRE: The timing couldn’t be more perfect. T. Kingfisher and Grady Hendrix have real-estate-themed horror novels out in 2023, and Hollywood has had recent success with The Watcher, Barbarian, 1BR, and The Rental—all of which have done especially well on streamers. PERPETUALLY TIMELY: Even when there’s not an active outbreak, all current and former city dwellers will relate to the anxiety spiral caused by bedbug fear. About the Author/Illustrator Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA Author Hometown: Washington, DC Ben H. Winters is the New York Times best-selling, Edgar Award-winning, and Philip K. Dick Award-winning author of The Quiet Boy, Golden State, Underground Airlines, The Last Policeman and its two sequels, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and several works for young readers. His first novel, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, was a Times bestseller. Ben was a producer on the FX show Legion, and on the upcoming Apple TV+ drama Manhunt. He lives in LA with his wife, three kids, and one large dog.


  • 256 pages
  • 5.24 x 8 inches
  • 1 color
  • Trade Paperback

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