Frank Cauldhame is the Laird of his domain, surrounded by his Sacrifice Poles, which he ritualistically adorns with small-animal body parts, and his ultimate contrivance - The Factory. The Factory is made up of a scrapped clock-tower clock face laid flat, and modified to incorporate trap doors leading to an acid bath, a flame pit, and so on. He describes the killings of his younger brother Paul, his cousin Esmerelda, and another boy, Blythe, as simply a phase he was going through, He also tells of how he attends to the destruction of a local rabbit colony using catapulted steelies, and a flame thrower made up from a plastic squeeze-bottle. His only sign of remorse is for the irrevocable damage caused to his catapult, The Black Destroyer.
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And then there's Eric, Frank's older brother; an ex-medical student with a habit of setting animals, mostly dogs, on fire, on his way home to the island, a trail of destruction in his wake. But Frank has been forewarned by The Factory…
The review of this Book prepared by Charles Smyth