A severed, mummified hand . . . the son of a psychopath . . . a gothic sex-bomb . . . a celebrated hypnotherapist . . . a suicidal boy . . . a sanguine art show . . . a mischievous ferret . . . an old, rotting warehouse . . . rampant abductions . . . a private investigator . . . abusers . . . criminals . . . monsters —and a secret treatment service that rips out the will to abuse. All entwined in one unforgettable adventure: Spineless.
Slade’s father had beaten and demoralized him since he was four. His mother was abused, too, and never protected Slade. Now Slade’s father is dead, his mother has disappeared, and Slade, now thirty-five, runs the family business. Publicly, he designs acclaimed furniture. Secretly, he risks his life helping abuse victims.
Slade knows an abuser isn’t fixed with restraining orders or jail. They find new victims, or they get released. For years, Slade has been ripping out abusers’ depravity at its root. His specialized treatment zombifies abusers’ minds until he eliminates their aggression.
Then a recent client, thirteen-year-old DG, contacts Slade, telling him that, while his bully no longer makes his life a living hell, he, DG, has taken up the abusive behavior and is now cutting and torturing himself—and he can’t stop. Now Slade must invent a new treatment to break the cycle of self-abuse—one that does not damage the personality in the process.
Spineless tells a story of double lives, human experiments, psychological evolution, and matchless friendships. Through his own heart, daring, and inventiveness, Slade frees people from the weight of abuse so they can rise to their full potential. But there are others, abusive and depraved, who want to continue their cruelty, hidden, and so must stop Slade, must kill him.
Spineless is Amy Langevin’s debut thriller. She has had two short stories published. “Tied in Love” in the anthology Thirteen Vol. 3 (Cloontubrid Press) and “The Required Bits” in 100 Doors to Madness (Forgotten Tomb Press). Five of her poems were published in Into the Night (Dark Night Publishing). Her horror poetry collection, The Man Who Married Death (2017), is now available on Amazon.