Thirty-three-year-old Todd is playing at the beach with his son, Anthony, when he catches sight of an approaching figure. Instantly, he recognizes Jack, his high school tormentor.
Todd hasn’t seen Jack since school, and yet here he is – radiant, repentant, and overjoyed to have run into Todd. Jack suggests a meal to catch up. And could he spend the night? He’s in an unfamiliar town after all.
Caught off guard by this chance interaction, Todd finds himself unable to escape Jack’s charismatic and insistent presence in his life. But then Todd’s past starts to catch up with him and Jack isn’t going anywhere.
What follows is a fast-paced story of obsession and suspense as Jack pushes Todd to the brink, showing that love and hate can be intertwined until the very last breath …
Praise for Hawk Mountain:
Conner Habib writes with an hallucinatory precision, and a kind of merciless humanity, about the poisonous work of repression. His forebears-Poe, Highsmith, even classical tragedy-are clear, but his originality is clearer still. Hawk Mountain is a work of strange, glittering darkness.
Dripping with menace from the first page, this story of childhood enemies meeting up fifteen years later is utterly enthralling. Brilliantly written with homoerotic undertones, this savage tale is uncompromising in its reflection of teen friendships and isolation, and unflinching in its examination of the delicacy of the human body. There is gold among the gore. I found it compelling, shocking, and beautiful.
The opening lines of Hawk Mountain plumet you into an atmosphere of creeping dread and precarious restraint that won’t let up until the final, shocking moments.
Caitlin Doughty, bestselling author of SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES
Hawk Mountain is a suspenseful, shocking and ultimately poignant study of anguished conflict, both domestic and internal. Incisively written and intensely imagined, it’s the novelistic debut of a real original.
Conner Habib’s debut novel is a bleak, dark adrenaline rush.