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Desert Places | [Blake Crouch]

Desert Places

Greetings. There is a body buried on your property, covered in your blood. The unfortunate young lady's name is Rita Jones. In her jeans pocket you'll find a slip of paper with a phone number on it. Call that number. If I have not heard from you by 8:00 P.M., the police will receive an anonymous call. I'll tell them where Rita Jones is buried on your property, how you killed her, and where the murder weapon can be found in your house. (I do believe a paring knife is missing from your kitchen.)
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Publisher's Summary

The first installment in the Andrew Z. Thomas Series and a prequel to Crouch's and Konrath's thriller Stirred...

Greetings. There is a body buried on your property, covered in your blood. The unfortunate young lady's name is Rita Jones. In her jeans pocket you'll find a slip of paper with a phone number on it. Call that number. If I have not heard from you by 8:00 P.M., the police will receive an anonymous call. I'll tell them where Rita Jones is buried on your property, how you killed her, and where the murder weapon can be found in your house. (I do believe a paring knife is missing from your kitchen.) I strongly advise against going to the police, as I am always watching you.

Andrew Z. Thomas is a successful writer of suspense thrillers, living the dream at his lake house in the piedmont of North Carolina. One afternoon in late spring, he receives a bizarre letter that eventually threatens his career, his sanity, and the lives of everyone he loves. A murderer is designing his future, and for the life of him, Andrew can't get away.

Dear Reader: Please keep the light on tonight. What happens next will scare you. Guaranteed.

©2004 Blake Crouch (P)2014 Blake Crouch

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    JALAYNE SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 01-05-15
    JALAYNE SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 01-05-15 Member Since 2015

    USPS MAIL CARRIER, WALKING 6-8 MILES DAILY, AUDIO BOOKS MAKE ME ENJOY MY WORKDAY

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    "LIONSGATE NEEDS BLAKE"

    I'm simply in love with the entire series, the narrator made me have to stop listening, cause I thought I was looking at TV, couldn't get any darn work done. What a great listen, kudo;'s to you both. used one credit then had to purchase the others out right, but they were worth it

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    General Zod Springfield, IL 06-18-14
    General Zod Springfield, IL 06-18-14 Member Since 2013

    Kneel Before Zod!!

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    "Hooked from the beginning"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it's original and hard to forget.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Desert Places?

    The beginning of the story.


    What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

    His tone and ability to disguise his voice without becoming annoying.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Can't say without revealing bits of the story so I won't commit :-)


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 07-17-15
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 07-17-15 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Book > Narration"

    I did enjoy this book, and I look forward to the rest of the series, but I am just not sure why the author chose the narrator that he did. I'm sure Mr. Dove is a fine narrator for some kinds of books, but I felt as if he were reading a text book a lot of the time. There just wasn't much life or emotion in his reading. Everything was told as a matter of fact, rather than trying to convey the emotion that I felt the author was going for. Just my opinion.

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    Fred Gronvall West Chester, OH 06-10-15
    Fred Gronvall West Chester, OH 06-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I LIKED THE SICK TWINS one"

    Poor Andy ..... He should have just shot these guys - but no novel in that!


    The end one two three four

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    Lola Wilson 04-15-15
    Lola Wilson 04-15-15
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    "Not the wayward pines series!"

    Did his grad student ghost write this??? Not the same style. Not the same voice. Protagonist voice was flawed. Metaphors and comparisons were as trite and ill used as those in 50 shades of grey! The only reason I could get through this was the hope that both twins would be dead at the end!! The protagonist was as cartoonish as his villain and twice as stupid. Blake, I thought you were going to be my next fictional crush. Try harder. Or not! But smart readers will abandon you! -

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    Janie O'brien US 02-08-15
    Janie O'brien US 02-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A REAL HORROR!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I don't think so. All my friends are nice people.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    in one respect please; I was please it was finished, on the other hand I don't appreciate cliffhangers, but, at least, I had the triology.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eric G. Dove?

    Yes, he was excellent.


    Did Desert Places inspire you to do anything?

    mmmmm, yes, quickly read the next books.


    Any additional comments?

    Quickly paced suspense thriller in the truest sense. There's always something - awful - happening; murder and mayhem abound. If you're into torture, pain, and death, this is the book for you. If you're a tad squeamish, don't buy it. Nothing like the Pines series.

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