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Author Topic: A terrific read: Let the Devil Sleep  (Read 1510 times)

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MTH

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A terrific read: Let the Devil Sleep
« on: August 17, 2012, 12:30:39 PM »

I'm about 3/4 of the way through John Verdon's latest mystery novel and I don't want to do anything else except finish this book. My mind is spinning, trying to figure out who the killer or killers are. If you like a lot of blood and gore the book doesn't deliver that, at least not up to this point, but there is plenty of tension and creepy stuff :)
Just thought I'd share because it's not often I like a book this much.
Mickey
PS  I don't have any relationship with the author, the publisher or anyone else connected.
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Re: A terrific read: Let the Devil Sleep
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2012, 12:45:34 PM »

I read his first book--Think of a Number--and enjoyed it but thought he was a tad long-winded in some spots.  A friend who started it couldn't finish it.
I haven't read his second but plan to.  I rarely give up on a book before I finish it or an author after only one book.
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Re: A terrific read: Let the Devil Sleep
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2012, 01:19:52 PM »

He does tend to repeat things but the only element I find annoying are the scenes between the MC and his wife. Although their relationship is written to be dysfunctional I can't help thinking there isn't enough of a foundation to have the relationship in the first place and the lack of real dialogue between them drives me batty.
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Re: A terrific read: Let the Devil Sleep
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2012, 03:23:38 PM »

The whole dysfunctional marriage thing seems forced as if someone told Verdon he had to have it in the novel to make it work but couldn't quite pull it off.
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Re: A terrific read: Let the Devil Sleep
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2012, 05:28:38 PM »

I agree. The "flawed" character thing. His MC is interesting enough without the wife.
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Re: A terrific read: Let the Devil Sleep
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2012, 06:42:02 PM »

There seems to be a move today to pile problem after problem after problem on the MC--abused as a child, alcoholic, killed an innocent person, still grieving the loss of a loved one, spouse ran off with a lover, etc., etc.--that sometimes gets so absurd as to be almost unrealistic.
Doesn't anyone have a reasonably normal life anymore?
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Re: A terrific read: Let the Devil Sleep
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2012, 01:05:13 AM »

Dave,

Define "normal life."

Linda
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Re: A terrific read: Let the Devil Sleep
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2012, 07:41:57 AM »

Define "normal life."

One that has at least some happiness or positive aspect to it.
So many main characters these days seem to have had (and have) nothing go right in their life except for the case they're working on.
I'm not saying people don't have problems in their life and some have more than others, but very few are saddled with the problems writers pile on their main characters.
Just once I'd like to see a main character have a life that isn't plagued by demons of every imaginable kind.

Dave
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