When local prosecutor Autopsy Bliss publishes an invitation to the devil to come to the heatwave-scorched town of Breathed, Ohio, nobody expects that he will turn up, especially as a tattered thirteen-year-old boy. Fielding, the son of Autopsy, brings the boy home, and he is welcomed into the family. The Blisses believe the boy, who calls himself Sal, is a runaway. Then, as a series of strange incidents implicate Sal – the townsfolk begin to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be…
The Summer That Melted Everything is a captivating story about community, redemption and the dark places where evil really lies.
“A wonderfully original, profoundly unsettling, deeply moving novel that delivers both the shock of fully realized reality and the deep resonance of parable” ROBERT OLEN BUTLER, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain.
“Imagine To Kill a Mockingbird, seen through the eyes of Neil Gaiman. McDaniel's prose is rich and magical, full of passages of exquisite, strange beauty that ache with bitter truths and old sorrows.” JAMES SIE, author of Still Life Las Vegas.