I must say that I found the story good enough to overlook some of the dated dialogue that did not stand up to time and the droning narration. Not good enough, however, to buy more in the series.
Excellent reading and it is hard to put down but it has scenes of murder and folks that are way out of touch with human kindness. There is violent but the people working of the case are good and it is interesting.
63 y/o psychologist with two sons, living in SF Bay Area. I absolutely love all the feedback I've been getting for my reviews. It's very gratifying. Thanks to all of you.
I understand that Mr. Sanders was an extremely prolific writer in his time, which was the mid 20th century. I looked him up on Wikipedia and saw that he wrote several series, and that some of his work made its way to TV and movies. But, I can't understand the hype. This book is unbelievable trash. It is parochial, outdated Manhattan posturing. Everything west of the Hudson is Pittsburgh, don't you know. The characters have sex with sunglasses on and then with African masks. Herewith I give you a few lines of the deathless dialogue:
"I get lost whenever I go below 23rd Street." "He was pleased to discover that she liked long-stemmed roses." "The room smelled of must, mildew and old love." Oh, please. I listened to several hours, at different times, just to see if my first impression was wrong. It wasn't. The mystery never did appear through four chapters, and the thing is three downloads long. The narration was likewise ponderous and totally without humor of any kind, not even a sly wink. These people, and the author himself, take themselves way too seriously. Our hero works in the magazine biz, and of course he instantly crushes the competition and rises to the top with a computer which he installs in a clean room, complete with workers who must wear hair nets and gloves. He takes over the magazine by the age of thirty six. In New York City! Good lord. On what planet was this book written?
Two main protagonists, very well thought out characters that you come to get a real feel for. It seems like the beginning is just a little slow but really, you're being drawn in. Well researched, well written, I really enjoyed this one. However I read the Second Deadly Sin because I enjoyed this one so much and while I do plan to read the sequels, I didn't find that the characters and plot were as well developed in the Second. This book sets the bar high. Also, Sanders never continued after The Fourth Deadly Sin.
This was an enjoyable listen. It was interesting to follow the thought processes of a serial killer as well as the detective pursuing him at the same time. It is interesting how the author portrayed the killer's descent into madness as part of the effects of the murders. The writing was excellent. The time frame of this book is the mid-70's. It was rather fun to relive that era and see the differences with today's world.
Mr. Vietor did an excellent job narrating. He was easy to understand and follow.
Yes, I'd recommend the book.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
This book was written some time ago, but I was surprised by the freshness of it - the way it has stood the test of time. The detective is a great character with an interesting side plot line regarding his wife. The bad guy is very well portrayed, he is very cold and quite fascinating. The story is well-paced and very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this detective fiction.
Perfectly narrated by Marc Vietor, I was spellbound by this book. The first in this series, and some say the best. This book is serious entertainment not serious lit. One of the best pycho/thrillers I've read..don't know how I missed it all these years.
I will listen again, just to make sure I didn't miss anything from the first reading.
Delaney's pursuit of the killer, never faltering and always focused.
Edward X. Delaney
Maybe, but listened during work, instead of music. Would be too long for one sitting.
I read this series many years ago. Audible is much more enjoyable.
I first read this and other novels in the series in the 1980s when I was a teenager. My mom had read them so they were in the house, and I devoured them all. Now, 30 or so years later, the only thing I remembered were the
Listening since 2004. Mystery, thrillers and anything that can blend with a walk, job or a wait at the airport.
This was my first book by Lawrence Sanders. This is a unique dark style of crime. I should have heard this book before. If you have not heard stuff written by Lawrence Sanders this would be a good book to start. Gripping, unique...