Charles L. Grant – The Last Call of Mourning (Tor, 1988; Original 1979, 281 p.)
YARROWS DO NOT DIE. PEOPLE DO.
The family motto. Cynthia Yarrow laughs as she returns to Oxrun Station, her old home town. The family is assembled to greet the prodigal – but they have changed in the years Cyd's been away. Cyd's mother cuts herself but does not bleed. One evening a horrified Cyd discovers her father's lifeless body – only to see him alive and laughing just minutes later. Everything is fine, they assure her – she'll understand as soon as she visits Dr. Kraylin. When Cyd refuses, she is pursed through Oxrun Station's street by a powerful grey limousine. As the death-car bears down on her, she wonders – Is she still a Yarrow – or is she their next target?
The Tor edition of Grant, in some cases the third publication of a novel, has some nice coverwork. This is not one of the best, though. I like the front as a motif more, especially in horror. The foggy veranda is fine, though. At least the Grant books have a distinct look.