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The Devil in Silver | [Victor LaValle]

The Devil in Silver

Pepper is a rambunctious big man, and, suddenly, the surprised inmate of a budget-strapped mental institution in Queens, New York. He's not mentally ill, but that doesn't seem to matter. On his first night, he's visited by a terrifying creature who nearly kills him before being hustled away by the hospital staff. It's no delusion: The other patients confirm that a hungry devil roams the hallways when the sun goes down. Pepper rallies three other inmates in a plot to fight back: Dorry, an octogenarian schizophrenic; Coffee, an African immigrant with severe OCD; and Loochie, a bipolar teenage girl.
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Pepper is a rambunctious big man, and, suddenly, the surprised inmate of a budget-strapped mental institution in Queens, New York. He's not mentally ill, but that doesn't seem to matter. On his first night, he's visited by a terrifying creature who nearly kills him before being hustled away by the hospital staff. It's no delusion: The other patients confirm that a hungry devil roams the hallways when the sun goes down.

Pepper rallies three other inmates in a plot to fight back: Dorry, an octogenarian schizophrenic; Coffee, an African immigrant with severe OCD; and Loochie, a bipolar teenage girl. Battling the pill-pushing staff, one another, and their own minds, they try to kill the monster that's stalking them. But can the Devil die?

©2012 Victor LaValle (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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    "very good but drags on"
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    I like the story and enjoyed Victor LaValle's reading of it, but I think further edititing would enhance it -- too long, slow moving in the latter 1/3rd of the story

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    Elizabeth Denver, CO, United States 10-01-12
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    "intriquing premise, so-so plotline"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Certainly it's a challenge to write a book that takes place in one setting alone. I got a little bored in there.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Premise is compelling - guy gets arrested and thrown into a mental hospital even though it seems everyone, himself, cops, doctors, knows he's not sick.The main conflict flatlines - man/beast patient terrorizes other patients.


    Did Victor LaValle do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, very much so. It's an interesting story how he drew his characters, which LaValle speaks to in his acknowledgments and also talked about to Terry Gross on NPR.


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    Jim Silver Spring, MD, United States 11-06-12
    Jim Silver Spring, MD, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I found this book incredibly boring. It just plods along. Also, more evidence that authors should not read their own work, though a good reader would not have salvaged it.


    Has The Devil in Silver turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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