The Turtle Boy

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School is out; summer has begun. For 11-year old Timmy Quinn, it is a time of magic and discovery.
But on the day he encounters a strange boy on the bank of Myers pond, everything changes.

For it soon becomes clear that dark secrets abound in Timmy's little community, secrets that come cupped in the hands of the dead, and in a heartbeat, summer becomes a season of terror, betrayal, and murder. More
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About Kealan Patrick Burke

Born and raised in a small harbor town in the south of Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke knew from a very early age that he was going to be a horror writer. The combination of an ancient locale, a horror-loving mother, and a family full of storytellers, made it inevitable that he would end up telling stories for a living. Since those formative years, he has written five novels, over a hundred short stories, six collections, and edited four acclaimed anthologies. In 2004, he was honored with the Bram Stoker Award for his novella The Turtle Boy.

Kealan has worked as a waiter, a drama teacher, a mapmaker, a security guard, an assembly-line worker at Apple Computers, a salesman (for a day), a bartender, landscape gardener, vocalist in a grunge band, curriculum content editor, fiction editor at, and, most recently, a fraud investigator.

When not writing, Kealan designs book covers through his company Elderlemon Design.

A movie based on his short story "Peekers" is currently in development as a major motion picture.

Represented by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House Agency.

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About the Series: Timmy Quinn
Meet Timmy Quinn, an ordinary eight year old boy enjoying a summer free of school.

Until the day he meets a dead boy sitting on the bank of a local pond and his life is thrown into chaotic nightmare that will follow him for the next thirty years of his life as he tries to protect the people he loves.

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Ken reviewed on May 11, 2013

I was really impressed by this novella. The story was engaging and drew on the comforts of childhood while weaving a dark murder mystery / ghost story.

It was a great introduction to an author that is new to me and has me wanting to read more.

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Sue Erickson reviewed on March 2, 2012

Loved this!! looking forward to more of this series.
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Shauna Klein reviewed on Nov. 18, 2011

I absolutely loved this book and can't wait to read more from this author.
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Bonnie Wyler reviewed on July 2, 2011

Kealan Patrick Burke's first entry in the Timmy Quinn series is a brilliant and disturbing ode to childhood curiosity, growing up, and the secrets adults keep. You're drawn in to the story from the very beginning, due to the amazing power Burke has in creating a scene, and developing rich characters that you truly care for. I savored every moment of this novella, and simply can't wait to continue the journey with "The Hides" and "Vessels."
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