Black Lawrence Press
January 18, 2010

New Release: Dead Letter Office

Black Lawrence Press announces the publication of its latest novel, Dead Letter Office by Daniel Natal.

Parents Bob and Julia Ebersol are unsettled by an envelope they receive which contains a photograph of their son at school. A week later, there arrives a package containing shoes which were assumed to have been lost. The subscription to terror continues when another envelope comes a few days later, this one containing a picture of the child sleeping in his bedroom. There is no return address and no explanation.

Before the couple can garner the support of the police, the unthinkable happens: the boy disappears. His kidnappers demand an impossible sum, to be paid within twenty-four hours. They promise to send the boy’s parents more packages, of a much more grisly nature, if the ransom is not paid on time.

These are the elements of Dead Letter Office, a plot-driven thriller which shocks the sensibilities of a genre by conveying the story in vivid, literary prose.

About the Author

Daniel Natal has existed on the fringes of the literary world for his entire life, attending artists’ parties with his Bohemian parents from a very young age. Dead Letter Office is his first novel.

Advance Praise

Dead Letter Office is a first-rate thriller that surprises at every turn. Daniel Natal is a talented storyteller, and his novel should win him a significant audience.

–Ron Rash, author of Serena and One Foot in Eden

The gift for metaphor Mr. Natal demonstrates lifts the prose above that of the typical “suspense novel”. It’s a thinking man’s thriller.

–John Jeter, author of The Plunder Room

An estranged father, a kidnapped child, and the menacing shadow of violence thread through this literary thriller, weaving an engrossing tale. Daniel Natal’s confident prose makes Dead Letter Office a pleasure to read.

–Mindy Friddle, author of The Garden Angel

Dead Letter Office is available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.

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