The Deadly Sins series is able to get over the set in time cultural references that usually leave thriller and mystery fiction to go out of print until generations enough have passed to appreciate the antiquity. This is a well honed novel not often approached by the current crop of wordsmiths or even Sanders himself in his later works.
Other reviewers have made a point of this story being old fashioned, reminding us that it was written in the early 1970's, but nevertheless I did not understand what I was going to hear.
This book is very homophobic and chauvinistic.
It also has a central hero with a disturbingly paternalistic & self righteous 'I am right, therefore anything I do is right' mindset, his (not so)ethical decisions making it difficult to empathise with him on any level.
I urge you to think twice before buying this book. The graphic homophobia alone made me sick enough that I had to stop the book and leave it for a month before trying to finish it. Completing the book was a challenging but eye opening experience. If this is really what society was like in 1972 I take my hat off to everyone that worked so hard to change it, because it was AWFUL in 1972.
As for the 'story' its ok. Not the worst but definitely not the best, there are plenty of books out there that are of the same or better quality, but without the offensive point of view.
I would have loved this book if it had less time devoted to character building and more time for the actual plot. Disappointed after reading great reviews from others.
The unabridged version of this book is 3 parts. It took me going through at least half of it before I really started getting interested in the story. After that, I was hooked. Very good narrator.
An avid listener! My taste runs from Non-Fiction to Sci-Fi and everything in between. Only novel I could not get through . . . 50 SHADES. Terrible! Falling from the reading train due to a busy life made for a boring person and finding Audible in 2008 gave back so much life.
This would be in my top 25.
Maybe not the edge but the character development is what captivated me.
Starts slow, almost didn't read. It was a great book once you get into it!
First, it would be good to remember when this was written - this may help you avoid being offended by some of the attitudes. I really enjoyed most of the book and didn't want to put it down ... until the last few hours. I don't know what happened, but it was like the author just ran out of anything interesting or suspenseful to say to bring the book to its ending. I swear, the last few hours were just painful, but I couldn't stop at that point because I had so much time invested in it. The narrator was great. I'm not likely to buy any more in the series just because I was so disappointed by the last few hours. This isn't one I'm interested in listening to again either.
I spent two and a half hours listening to this story, expecting it to take off. I realize it's 24 hours long, and that at some point it probably gets better; however, I just couldn't see listening for another two hours, or so, only to be further disappointed.
The author is a master of the English language, but his descriptions border on rambling - "he bought fruit - grapes, apples, oranges, peaches, bananas, pears, tomatoes, plums, limes, lemons, .....". Not an actual sentence from the book, but you get the point, but the author thinks he has to enumerate ad nauseum in order to get the reader to understand his prose. Wow, makes me shudder just thinking about how awful this was.
The narrator had me wondering if, at some point, he was going to ask if if switching insurance companies could save me money..."does a bear defecate in the woods?" I'm sure you know the commercials.
Everything in this book seemed to be lost by about two decades. Maybe the author placing a homburg on Delany's head was to show that he was also willing a bit of a bad guy, because it seems to me that by the 70's fedoras and homburgs were generally out of fashion for most. Wardrobe aside, the majority of it seemed better suited to the 50's or earlier not the 70's.
Delany was a terribly contradictory character: He seemed (to me) either dumb as stump or able to make brilliant connections with few pieces of information. He was willing to go very far outside the law to get the bad guy and still be concerned with a desk cop properly answering the phone, professional appearance, and so on. Compassionate enough to visit murder victim's families and then ruthless enough to yell at and degrade a widow when she wouldn't help. Delany seemed like a manipulated character in a story, not a cop that worked within the fictional world; he didn't seem "real".
Finally, the regular alcohol consumption by the police was just plain silly. Out on a stake out? Have some brandy, Working the investigation? Have beer from the well stocked fridge, otherwise have coffee. Met up with another police chief? He's carrying about a case of beer in his patrol car, so dig in fellas while we wait! I really don't understand what the author was trying for.
There's no mystery here: You know who the killer is and you know who is going to get him. There are no particularly exciting moments. It was merely dragging through Delany's investigation, and enduring the author's description of ham fisted or limp wristed characters. I finished this only because I wanted to see how the author would force the closure of the investigation.
Finding out what the story was about. I Listened for more than 2 hours and still don't have any idea what the book is about.
In the first chapter he could give some idea of what the plot of the book is.
disappointment, I wasted 2 hours & a credit.
This is the first book, out of several hundred that I gave up on.