In a small Arizona town, a man counts his blessings: a loving wife, two teenage daughters, and a job that allows him to work at home. Then "The Store" announces plans to open a local outlet, which will surely finish off the small downtown shops. His concerns grow when "The Store?s" builders ignore all the town?s zoning laws during its construction. Then dead animals are found on "The Store?s" grounds. Inside, customers are hounded by obnoxious sales people, and strange products appear on the shelves. Before long the town?s remaining small shop owners disappear, and "The Store" spreads its influence to the city council and the police force, taking over the town! It?s up to one man to confront "The Store?s" mysterious owner and to save his community, his family, and his life!
WalMart meets Jim Jones meets the Demonic Presence
By Schtinky "Schtinky" - July 4, 2006
Bill Davis is a regular guy who works from home. He's well settled into the small town life of Juniper, Arizona with his wife Ginny and two teenage daughters Samantha and Shannon. Life is good.
Then, while jogging, he sees a new sign announcing the arrival of The Store, and their intentions to build on a beautiful meadow outside of town, along Bill's jogging route. This immediately disgruntles Bill, but when he starts to find dead animals and even a dead hobo on The Store's grounds, his disgruntlement turns to a creeping fear.
The Store plows into town, overriding building and zoning codes and paying off the city's politicians for favors, promising jobs and prosperity in return. It soon becomes evident to Bill and his friends Ben and Street that The Store wants more than just the town's business; it wants the town itself.
The spookiest characters of the story are the Night Managers, though The Store is closed at night. These strange, black clad... read more
A great, fun read!
By A Customer - October 27, 1999
I was a little wary of this novel at first, because at first it sounded like a copy of Stephen King's "Needful Things". However, it was NOTHING like Needful Things, and had a premise that was just as compelling. It sounds almost hokey to say that the story is about a chain of stores that takes over small, economically-privileged towns in a way that's beyond sinister, but that is indeed the story. I was disdainful at first, but the more I read, the more "into it" I got. Yes, it seems a little far-fetched at times, but is it really? That's what I kept asking myself, along with, "Could this really happen? Can I envision this happening in the future, if things keep going the way they are in this country?" With super-chains like Wal-Mart and Barnes & Noble putting just about every small business OUT of business - and the way we allow it to happen - the things that happen in this book are really NOT that far-fetched. Bentley Little doesn't... read more
By Jeffrey Leach - July 15, 2002
Bentley Little was an enigma to me until a few weeks ago, when I thumbed through a few of his novels at the local bookshop. Despite the name association I made with the neighbor from "The Jeffersons," the books looked interesting and I decided to take a crack at a few of them. "The Store" is the first one I decided to read and I am glad I did. What caught my eye were the somewhat cheesy cover and the hilarious description on the back cover. As I read the book, I discovered that the humor goes well beyond skin deep.What surprises me about many of the reviews here is that they miss the biggest point of the story, namely, the humor. This is a wildly funny book. I alternated between chuckles, guffaws, snickers, giggles, hoots, bellows, knee slapping, gut busting, and roaring laughter with this gem of a novel. At first, I wondered if the book is supposed to be funny. I quickly decided that it is supposed to induce laughter. What Bentley Little is writing here is black comedy and satire... read more