©1999 Steven Thayer; (P)1999 New Star Media Inc.
From the beginning to the end, I was totally mesmerized. I listen to my audible.com books in my car and looked for reasons to go places just to listen to this one. The theory he espoused is so plausible, it is hard to keep in one's mind that this is a work of fiction. I heartily recommend this book to avid mystery readers.
Steve Thayer is a master at weaving intricate details and multiple plots with location. This book is difficult to stop listening to like The Weatherman. It's a wonderful mystery which makes the reader want to listen to more and more of his great work.
I bought this book with an Audible coupon -- never heard of the author, but I grew up in that part of the country and thought it might be interesting. I was so surprised by what a great book this is -- and confounded that I hadn't heard of Steve Thayer before.
It's extremely well done, a tale of two kidnappings, the story of the famous kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby and another recreated in modern times, with the child of a very popular TV news anchor. I didn't remember much of the story of the Lindbergh kidnapping, but the historical parts, intersperced with the contemporary drama, was really well done. The scenes at Fort Snelling were so tense I had to stop what I was doing and just listen.
The whole audio production was marvelous, with the tinkling speakeasy music to introduce the historical parts, plus a great narrator. I hated for this book to end.
More from Steve Thayer, please!
Steve Thayer takes the mystery genre and turns it into literary greatness. This book is spellbinding in its intricacies. The manner in which Thayer weaves the real Lindbergh kidnapping case with his fictionalized version leaves me amazed at his talent. By the time the book comes to an end, you will feel you've been through an ordeal, albeit a good one.
One note: The audio is muffled and causes the listener to miss passages. If possible, this should be corrected. David Birney works so hard and the sound quality thwarts him often.
The writing and narration of this mystery are superb. I have been an audible listener for about five years now and I consider this one of the most engaging I have heard. I anxiously await more from this amazing author.
Chet Yarbrough, an audio book addict, exercises two cocker spaniels twice a day with an Ipod in his pocket and earbuds in his ears. Hope these few reviews seduce the public into a similar obsession but walk safely and be aware of the unaware.
“Silent Snow” resurrects one of the most notorious crimes of the century, the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s son in 1932; i.e. Steve Thayer reincarnates the history of the kidnapping by creating a modern-day’ abduction by a possible mystery accomplice of the original crime.
Thayer weaves a tale of intrigue ranging from World War I to the modern day. He manufactures new criminal characters, cops, and news reporters with detailed obsessive/compulsive backgrounds. He creates heroes, and heroines of a terrible crime. “Silent Snow” is a re-creation of a crime of the past, the Lindbergh baby’s kidnapping and bludgeoning. Thayer may or may not have the same ending in his modern-day version of the kidnapping. David Birney’s telling of Thayer’s mystery keeps listeners waiting for answers until the last chapters’ closing.
Thayer has great imagination with excellent descriptive' skill. The recorded facts of the Lindbergh’ kidnapping are nicely recreated, including involvement of General Schwarzkopf Senior (America’s “Desert Storm” General’s father) in the original investigation; i.e. the kidnapping is an important incident in American’ history because it led to the Lindbergh law that shifted investigation of kidnapping from local to national control. The irony of that shift plays out in “Silent Snow” as a questionable federal government usurpation of power. Mistakes are made by the federal government as readily as they are by local government. Putting that observation aside, the story is interesting; overly melodramatic, but worth the time for a mystery’s unfolding.
Audiobook read by David Birney, a 10 plus hour listen. The story is about the modern day kidnapping of a baby with a paralell to the Lindbergh case of 1932. The author mixes fact with fiction, creating a historical scenario of wild speculation. If you’re looking for factual detail regarding the Lindbergh case, please don’t depend on this book. Some of it is true, most is not and is a fictionalized version of actual events. If you take historical fiction seriously, you may take a pass on Silent Snow, there really is no detail about the world as it was in 1932, only fictionally created characters. If your interest is simply a good mystery, the book is well worth a purchase. It may take time to get into the voice and rhythm of the reader, David Birney, as a few characters sound a little too decrepit.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and didn't want it to end. Steve Thayer wrote another wonderful murder mystery titled "The Wheat Field". I hope Audible makes this available asap. Thayer is an extraordinary writer.
WOW- this book really hooked me. I loved the way he wove the Lindbergh baby's disappearance with the story. Very captivating and hard to "put down." I found the characters complex and interesting. The mystery moved along nicely through past and present. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more from Steve Thayer.
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