The book editor confesses to a weakness for scary stories; not gory scary but shadows-moving-in-the-corner scary (let's blame sadistic summer-camp...

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The book editor confesses to a weakness for scary stories; not gory scary but shadows-moving-in-the-corner scary (let’s blame sadistic summer-camp counselors and their dead-Confederate-veteran ghost stories). To that end, here’s a recommendation: “Land of Echoes” by Daniel Hecht, just out in paperback (Bloomsbury, $13.95).

This intricate thriller features Cree Black, a paranormal investigator Hecht introduced in the book “City of Masks.” “Land of Echoes” involves a disturbed Navajo teenager, Tommy Keeday, whose bizarre mental illness may be caused by the malevolent spirit of a dead ancestor. Black is called to investigate, and all hell breaks loose.

The setting is gorgeous and the characters are full-blown. If “Land of Echoes” is your cup of tea, try “City of Masks” — but leave all the lights on. It’s set in New Orleans, the most ghost-ridden town in America.

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Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor