2007-05-11 / Community

'The Screaming Room' Raises To New Heights Of Horror

Local Author Lifts The Bar In His Second Novel A Wave Review
By Howard Schwach

Local Author Lifts The Bar In His Second Novel
A Wave Review

By Howard Schwach

Thomas O'Callaghan
Thomas O'Callaghan Belle Harbor resident Thomas O'Callaghan has outdone himself with his second bone-chilling novel, "The Screaming Room," from Pinnacle Books.

Cassie and Angus, identical twin brother and sister, are the strangest pair to enter the annals of crime novels in more ways than one, ways that unravel themselves as you quickly flip the pages of this well-done novel. While many believe that it is impossible for brother and sister to be identical twins, O'Callaghan provides a medical explanation for the rare event. The duo moves from one location to another, killing merrily as they go, apparently without rhyme or reason until New York City Police Department Lieutenant John Driscoll, who lives in a place that sounds strangely like Breezy Point, and his team arrive on the case.

Driscoll, who we first met in O'Callaghan's first novel, "The Bone Thief," is a study in contrasts, but more interesting than many of the crime-fighting heroes that populate more famous books.

Driscoll and his team, including a live interest female detective, are called in by the mayor when tourists from various nations around the world are killed at some of the city's famous tourist attractions - including the USS Intrepid, Coney Island and Times Square.

The cover of "The Screaming Room," a new novel by local author Thomas O'Callaghan.
The cover of "The Screaming Room," a new novel by local author Thomas O'Callaghan. What is the connection between the victims themselves? What connection do the two killers have to the victims?

All will be revealed by the final pagesof this paperback novel.

You'll find familiar haunts in this work, including many famous landmarks - now used as killing grounds by the twins.

You will also find some that are protected by name changes. One of those is "Toliver's Point, where Driscoll and his now-deceased wife lived in a bungalow right by the bay.

Toliver's Point, interestingly enough, has a bayfront restaurant with a bar and many of the other amenities of Kennedy's Restaurant in Breezy Point.

And, while Detective John Driscoll has laid the ghost of the past to rest, he's got a problem with moving on - both personally and as an NYPD Detective until the killing twins come into his life.

The victims left by the twins are found brutally mutilated and carefully arranged for the world to see - grotesque visions for the people who find them and the police who come to investigate, but "masterpieces" to the killers, part of a game that seeks what they believe will be revenge for past wrongs.

Those blood rituals spell out a message to Driscoll and they are just the beginning of the road to unravel the mystery and capture the two killers.

Alex Kava, a famous mystery writer, perhaps said it best.

"Chilling," Kava said. "Keep the lights on and lock the doors."

"The Screaming Room," is available locally at Sammy's Variety on Beach 129 Street and at local booksellers. It can also be ordered from the publisher at www.kensingtonbooks.com.

Get a copy and begin reading. It will be well worth your time.

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