“At the End of the Road”
By Grant Jerkins
Berkley Prime Crime, 320 pages, $15
Book launch party
7:15 p.m. Tuesday, free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450, Ext. 2225; www.georgiacenterforthebook.org.
By Gina Webb
Nostalgia and serial killers — the two just don’t sound compatible, do they? But in his second book, Atlanta author Grant Jerkins successfully grafts a bogeyman of skin-crawling proportions onto a poignant coming-of-age story set in the rural Georgia of his youth.
It’s not the first time Jerkins’ childhood has inspired his fiction. In his debut novel, “A Very Simple Crime” (2010), a memory of getting lost in a dark house one night evolved into a tale of family secrets and murder that reviewers called “an extremely nasty study in abnormal psychology, ” a novel whose author seemed “determined to peer into the darkness.”
If possible, the darkness settles even more deeply in “At the End of the Road, ” where a car