It’s 2021. An apocalyptic earthquake shatters the Pacific Northwest and drains an ancient lake by a sleepy Washington town. A hard-luck immigrant who escaped demons in his native Ukraine, Alyosha “Al” Dragunov finds himself drawn into the bowels of the dried lakebed. Underneath, Al discovers a . . . structure. A simulacrum. A site of inexplicable, irrational experiments since time immemorial.
When the world shakes, the town’s battle-hardened police chief Michelle Bardo—a Baltimore transplant who sought greener pastures out west—is busy investigating a bizarre murder and spate of pet mutilations. As the social order buckles in the quake’s aftermath, and as reports surface of everything from UFO sightings and cannibalism to time travel and transdimensional deities, Michelle struggles to solve the crimes while protecting her troubled daughter from the encroaching bedlam. Al, for his part, searches for answers about the lakebed and his own tortured past. Their fates entwine as they each seek out an elderly physicist who, months earlier, mysteriously vanished from his laboratory on an island in the lake. All the while, an ex-con and musclebound sociopath, Dom DeRuglia, goes on a sadistic rampage—at once exploiting and contributing to the chaos of a world already teetering on the edge.
Freakish, unpredictable, and fast-paced, there’s something alien dwelling in The Lakebed.
A lawyer and legal writer by training, this is Tim Stone’s debut novel – a mystery thriller with science fiction and post-apocalyptic elements.