by  David Morrell

Title:  Creepers

Genre:  Suspense, Horror, Adventure

Publication Date:  2005

Number of Pages:  365

Geographical Setting:  Asbury Park, New Jersey

Time Period:  Present

Series (If applicable):  Frank Balenger

Plot Summary:
Frank Balenger, a journalist, joins history professor Robert Conklin and three of his former students on an illegal exploration of an abandoned hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  The team calls themselves Infiltrators, people who break into abandoned historical buildings and leave without making a mark.  Balenger prefers to call them Creepers.  He is with the team to cover a story on urban exploration for the New York Times.  Their target, the Paragon Hotel, was once owned by wealthy heir Morgan Carlisle.  It is now set to be destroyed by the city in just a few days.  The team is able to break into the hotel, but what they uncover will call into question the team’s commitment to leaving without a trace.  And they may not be the only group of creepers in Asbury Park.

Subject Headings:
Hotels — New Jersey — Asbury Park — Fiction.
Abandoned buildings — Fiction.
Architecture — New Jersey — Fiction.
Serial murders – New Jersey — Fiction.
Suspense Fiction.

Appeal:  Hectic, confined, plot twists, exploration, heists, abandoned hotels, voyeurism, strong antagonist, plot-driven, action-focused, agoraphobia, violent, Jersey Shore, kidnapping, strong sense of place, infiltration

3 appeal terms that best describe this book:  suspenseful, fast-paced, spine-chilling

Similar Authors and Works:

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:
Access All Areas: A User’s Guide to the Art of Urban Exploration by Ninjalicious.
Ninjalicious is the founder of, the source of one of the epigraphs in Creepers.  This book is a real world guide to the infiltrating activity depicted in Creepers.  It also contains non-fiction accounts of infiltration stories.

4th of July, Asbury Park: A History of the Promised Land by Daniel J. Wolff.
This book will interest readers who found the depiction of a declining Asbury Park compelling and would like to learn more.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson.
The novel depicts the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.  The book follows one of the lead architects of the fair, as well as a serial killer who stalks the fair for victims.  Similar to Creepers, this book is a suspense story with a strong place setting.  Dr. H.H. Holmes is a serial killer who targets women, as does the antagonist in Creepers.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:
Liberty Falling by Nevada Barr.
Anna Pigeon is a park ranger who moves to New York City.  She finds herself connected to a series of strange events and murders that she must piece together.  This book is a plot-driven suspense novel with a strong sense of place.  The protagonist is also depicted exploring abandoned buildings.

Wicked Prey by John Sandford.
Officer Lucas Davenport is investigating the murder of another police officer by a group of thieves.  An array of villains gets back at Davenport by attacking his family. This novel is a fast-paced and violent suspense novel.

The Lake by Richard Laymon.
Leigh West and her daughter Deana are the targets of serial killer Candyman.  The Lake is a fast-paced suspense and horror story involving a serial murderer.

Name:  Noel M.


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