Still reeling from a brutal dismemberment, detective Kline is forcibly recruited to solve a murder inside a religious cult that takes literally the New Testament idea that you should cut off your hand if it offends you. Armed only with his gun, his wits, and a gift for self-preservation, Kline must navigate a gauntlet of lies, threats, and misinformation. All too soon he discovers that the stakes are higher than he thought and that his survival depends on an act of sheer will.
Brian Evenson is the author of eight books of ﬁction, most recently The Open Curtain, which was a ﬁnalist for the Edgar Award and the International Horror Guild Award. He is the recipient of both an O. Henry Award and an NEA award. Evenson’s writing has been described as dark, violent, philosophical, critical, and lyrical.
©2010 Brian Evenson (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“A writer of disconcerting power.” (The London Times)
“Evenson’s new masterpiece . . . [an] astonishing work.” (Paul Di Filippo)
“Wickedly brilliant. A superb thriller that’s a darker shade of noir. Brian’s writing is scalpel sharp.” (Simon Clark)
A fascinating set-up: An ex-police detective, who had his hand by a crazed killer, become the target of obsession of a cult that glorifies self-amputation. After repeated attempts to recruit him are rebuffed, the members essentially kidnap him and keep him hostage a this large estate, under the pretext of solving a murder of a religious leader. Cool idea, huh?
Well . . . we learn little of the protagonist other than he LOVEs to whine. He only makes the feeblest attempt to escape from a bunch of wackos, most of whom can't chase him or shoot him, because they've cut off his appendages. The leader who recruited him constantly lies or refuses to give him information, but threatens him when he can't solve the crime. Sigh. This might work in the hands of a more competent writer. Think Gregory MacDonald and Fletch for a mystery with duplicitous motives. What to add mystery and claustrophobia, read Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose or John W. Campbell's short story, Who Goes There.
The passivity of the woe is me protagonist is frustrating enough, but the reader does the materials no favors. The soporific voicing of the protagonists makes Ben Carson look like Pee Wee Herman on an espresso bender.
Which is all too bad, since the setup and the deranged cult could have made for a real nail biter, well . . . if you weren't missing those fingers.
Very unique story laden with violence and unclear how to feel about the main character of the story. The writer leaves out a lot of details that you can't decide if are important. Overall kept my interest with interesting writing and storyline
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I thought this novel could have been so much more but it really wasn't. The plot was interesting enough however there are more than a few points where it drags and the reader is going to be bored. Overall I would say that there are much better reads out there.
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This is the strangest, most entertaining gore of a story I've come across in a while. I mean, seriously, amputees as the good guys and bad guys. Are we sure this isn't really Stephen King under a pin name? lol.
Ok, so I purchased this audio because Chris Patton is one of my favorite audio performers. I'm just lucky the story...plot, was just as good as the performance. Now, I have a new fav author in this Brian Evenson.
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The creativness of the next twist in the story.
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