Prelude to a Scream

Prelude to a Scream

A Novel

  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781468308143
  • 400 Pages
  • Overlook Books
  • Adult


It’s been years since Stanley Ahearn lost interest in staying alive. Every Friday night, Stanley pays a visit to San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, where pleasures are simple and cheap. One such night, he finds himself sharing an otherwise deserted bar with a green-eyed woman. Three days later, Stanley wakes to find himself zipped into a sleeping bag, left for dead. He’s missing a kidney, and a doctor kindly informs him that there’s something wrong–fatally wrong–with his remaining kidney. So Stanley Ahearn finds himself on the street with a new perspective. If he wants revenge, he has to find the woman with the green eyes. If he wants to live, he has to find himself a new kidney. Gritty, dark, and utterly addictive, Prelude to a Scream is Jim Nisbet at his absolute best.


"Prelude to a Scream is a take-no-prisoners thriller if ever there was one . . . critics compared San Francisco author Jim Nisbet to James M. Cain, Norman Mailer and Truman Capote." –San Jose Mercury News

"Prelude to a Scream pushes the envelope . . . this is not your ordinary detective story." –San Antonio Express-News