Musician, composer, entertainer. I travel around Australia presenting clinics on drums and percussion. I write music from my home studio. I love film music and salsa music. Love being with Audible and listen constantly to comedy, thrillers etc on my iPhone when I'm setting up my show, packing the van or driving to and from the gigs. It's my friend in my ear!
Fine writing. Believable plots and characters, detailed and descriptive scenes and personal thoughts.
My first Lawrence Sanders book and I could n't put it down.
Immediately bought the next two " Deadly Sin" titles.
Starts slow, but builds. Didn't care for the ending, but the book was well worth listening too.
I didn't realize it was written so long ago or based on the 60's/70's. The story was good, i just wasn't expecting such antiquated dialogue.
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I almost always finish every book I start, especially once I've invested time getting into the "meat" of the story. I had a hard time staying with this one, but it ended up being pretty good.
Fiction reader/listener: law enforcement, spy, military, science thriller, disasters.
Read this when it was first written, just got around to listening to it, still good, hard to put down!
I got this book because I remembered reading other books by this author years ago and enjoyed them. Now I wonder if my reading tastes have matured or if listening to the book as opposed to reading the hard copy makes me notice things more.
In any case, the basics of this story are interesting and the narrator also does a good job. However, I became very annoyed with the repeated use of the phrase "oh yes" and "you understand". If the author used them once he used them each a thousand times, as a question, as a statement, as an exclamation. Maybe it is more noticeable when listening than when reading but I found it really annoying. If I wasn't such a stickler for listening or reading an entire book, I would have stopped, that's how annoying I found it.
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.
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!