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David Canfield
September 28, 2017 AT 05:28 PM EDT

The Maze Runner author James Dashner is moving into adult fiction.

Random House announced Thursday the publication of The Waking, a new novel from the best-selling author that will mark his debut in the adult marketplace. The book centers on David Player, a widowed father of four who returns with his kids to his childhood home in South Carolina — the catalyst for a series of killings that resemble the murders that occurred there during his own childhood.

The book, inspired in part by the killings of Pee Wee Gaskins, a local legend in Dashner’s hometown, will alternate perspectives between David as an adult and as a boy.

Dashner’s middle-grade Maze Runner series currently has more than 15 million books in print and has repeatedly topped the New York Times best-seller list. It was recently adapted into a successful film franchise; the third in the series, The Death Cure, is due for release in January 2018.

The Waking will be published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House.

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