Original Novel #4:
Behind the Locked Door


"It hadn't occurred to him that he might be putting himself in serious danger. Not until now."


Mark Prescott's imagination is going wild. He knows his friend John Avery Whittaker (Whit) keeps his attic door locked. But why? What's hidden up there and protected so carefully?


Invited to stay with Whit while his parents are in Washington, D.C., Mark grows curious when Whit forbids him to enter the attic. Fueled by thriller comic books, his mind conjures up dark possibilities. Along with them grows a determination to get beyond the locked door and learn Whit's secret.


How will Mark gain entrance? What will he find once he does? As he answers those questions, he learns hard lessons about trust, honesty, and the need to guard his thoughts.



About the Author

Paul McCusker is the creative content director for Focus on the Family. He has been a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and drama since 1979. His work includes over forty published novels, full-length plays, dramatic sketch collections, and song lyrics. For the Adventures in Odyssey series alone, he has written over 200 half-hour radio episodes, eighteen novels, and two screenplays for the best-selling animated videos. He has dramatized many classics for Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, including A Christmas Carol and Jan Karon's At Home in Mitford. He also wrote and directed the Peabody Award–winning Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom and created the highly acclaimed Father Gilbert Mysteries series. Paul lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children.


About the Series

Fans of the long-running audio series Adventures in Odyssey can hardly remember a time when there wasn't a Connie or a Eugene--or an Imagination Station. But there was. Now step back in time as these exciting novels whisk you away to the days before the popular radio show. Set in a time before the radio show, these stories often reference the beginnings of inventions like the Imagination Station, familiar characters like the Barclays coming to town, and other AIO references that fans enjoy.


Book Details

This novel is no longer available, however, this book has been re-released in a new multivolume edition, Strange
Journey Back.



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