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Mannheim Rex

by (author) Robert Pobi

Amazon Publishing
Initial publish date
Nov 2012
Thrillers, Suspense
  • CD-Audio

    Publish Date
    Nov 2013
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2012
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  • CD-Audio

    Publish Date
    Dec 2016
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After the sudden death of his wife, famous horror writer Gavin Corlie retreats from New York City to a secluded house on Lake Caldasac. But his new life in the country is far from idyllic; when a thirteen-year-old wheelchair-bound boy named Finn Horn nearly drowns in the lake, Gavin discovers a startling secret: people in this peaceful lakeside community keep vanishing. Is the corrupt, Benzedrine-fueled town sheriff to blame? Or is Finn’s account of a lake-dwelling monster more than a near-death hallucination? Racing against time and Mother Nature, Gavin and Finn embark on a quest to catch a nightmare that seems to have evolved with a single frightful purpose: to feed on human prey.

An homage to the blockbuster Jaws and the classic American novel Moby-Dick, Mannheim Rex is a deep dark thriller that switches seamlessly between heart-warming friendship and heart-stopping action.

About the author

Robert Pobi dealt in fine Georgian antiques for thirteen years before turning to writing full-time. He has fished for everything that swims—from great white sharks off Montauk to monstrous pike in northern Finland. He prefers bourbon to scotch and shucks oysters with an old hunting knife he modified with a grinder. In warm weather he spends much of his time at a cabin on a secluded lake in the mountains and when the mercury falls he heads to the Florida Keys. The critical response to his first short story (written when he was twelve) was a suspension from school. Now he writes every day—at a desk once owned by Roberto Calvi.

Bloodman has been published all over the world.

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Editorial Reviews

“Robert Pobi gives Stephen King a run for his money in Mannheim Rex…This is a wicked page turner that veers between human drama and emotion, to bloody horror, to heartwarming story about friendship and back to terror. It is full of deeply rich characters that readers will enjoy cheering for and both “monsters” are terrifying.” —Amy Phelps for Graffiti Magazine

“Readers who are fans of Stephen King (especially his early-mid career work) will find Pobi’s work to be very readable.” Novelnaut

Praise for Robert Pobi’s Bloodman:

“A very suspenseful novel.” O, The Oprah Magazine

“A Sixth Sense-like take on Thomas Harris in his prime” —Sarah Weinman for The National Post

“Pobi boldly announces his arrival as a cunning novelist” Publishers Weekly

“A fantastic new voice in the thriller genre” New York Review of Books

“There’s a new gun in town; A deft combination of edge-of-your-seat terror and heartbreaking pathos, Bloodman is one of the strongest debuts I’ve seen in a very long time.” Spinetingler Magazine

“Bloodman should come with a halogen nightlight. This Stephen King meets Michael Connelly thriller is scary, creepy, page turning, original, bloody.” —The Mystery Site

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