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The First Deadly Sin | [Lawrence Sanders]

The First Deadly Sin

One of the most popular suspense novels of all time. A well-dressed man stalks the high-class neighborhoods of New York City. He is armed with an ice axe. His victims are strangers. And one cop, Captain Ed Delaney must solve a series of bizarre, gruesome murders that defy logic or method. This shocking story has captured the imaginations of millions like no other modern thriller.
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Publisher's Summary

One of the most popular suspense novels of all time. A well-dressed man stalks the high-class neighborhoods of New York City. He is armed with an ice axe. His victims are strangers. And one cop, Captain Ed Delaney must solve a series of bizarre, gruesome murders that defy logic or method. This shocking story has captured the imaginations of millions like no other modern thriller.

Prolong the suspense: follow the further crime-solving career of Edward X. Delaney.

©1973 Lawrence Sanders (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Breathtakingly exciting." (Rolling Stone)

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    08-26-11
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    "A melding of Poetry, Artistry and Mystery"

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Sanders has true poetry in his interpreting of the characters in his book and their environment. Some of the lines he uses in his description of the weather or the moods and feelings could almost be lines from a poem and very memorable. I think he used real skill in weaving the police Sargent and the murder suspect from different sides of the pole then inching them closer and closer until the collide.in the middle. The characters are totally believable due to the writers skill and the way he wove the environment (natural and man-made) into the whole plot was extremely well-done!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    alice chicago ridge, IL, United States 04-23-12
    alice chicago ridge, IL, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "AWESOME!"

    Perfectly narrated by Marc Vietor, I was spellbound by this book. The first in this series, and some say the best. This book is serious entertainment not serious lit. One of the best pycho/thrillers I've read..don't know how I missed it all these years.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 11-19-11
    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 11-19-11 Member Since 2015

    Listening since 2004. Mystery, thrillers and anything that can blend with a walk, jog, exercise, long drive or a wait at the airport.

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    "This will be a surprise"

    This was my first book by Lawrence Sanders. This is a unique dark style of crime. I should have heard this book before. If you have not heard stuff written by Lawrence Sanders this would be a good book to start. Gripping, unique...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    08-14-11
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    "THe First Deadly Sin"

    Excellent reading and it is hard to put down but it has scenes of murder and folks that are way out of touch with human kindness. There is violent but the people working of the case are good and it is interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandrine Differdange, Luxembourg 08-29-13
    Sandrine Differdange, Luxembourg 08-29-13 Member Since 2012

    Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded

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    "One step at a time or how slow can be intriguing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    In our fast paced world of today, this book would probably not have made it past the editor's desk. It's content would certainly have been cut by two thirds. I don't want to say that these two thirds do not help the story, they do, one step at a time. In the old days in books as well as on the screen you could see people going about their everyday things like getting up, taking a shower, drinking and eating. This has nearly vanished from all the media. Everything has to go fast, fast and throw in some special effects here and there, save the world with blazing guns and a quick kiss (or more ...) and tatata The End ...This book is very slow paced. You get to know the characters very intimately, which can feel strange and even leave you with a kind of awkwardness.If I would have read the book, I certainly would have skip read a few pages but as I was listening to the book while commuting, I listened patiently.I don't regret having done so. The story was intriguing, a nice trip down the good old days where you solve crime with your wits, pen and paper, and the good old phone inclduing its book.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

    Mr Vietor did a very good job to give every character his unique and subtle voice. I enjoy listening to his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave 3 stars for the story, not because of it's slow pace but mostly because of the ending. The happily ever after for some characters did not please me but for others it might to the trick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Montreal, Quebec, Canada 08-01-13
    Stephanie Montreal, Quebec, Canada 08-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent thriller"

    Two main protagonists, very well thought out characters that you come to get a real feel for. It seems like the beginning is just a little slow but really, you're being drawn in. Well researched, well written, I really enjoyed this one. However I read the Second Deadly Sin because I enjoyed this one so much and while I do plan to read the sequels, I didn't find that the characters and plot were as well developed in the Second. This book sets the bar high. Also, Sanders never continued after The Fourth Deadly Sin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 01-31-13
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty good :)"

    This was an enjoyable listen. It was interesting to follow the thought processes of a serial killer as well as the detective pursuing him at the same time. It is interesting how the author portrayed the killer's descent into madness as part of the effects of the murders. The writing was excellent. The time frame of this book is the mid-70's. It was rather fun to relive that era and see the differences with today's world.

    Mr. Vietor did an excellent job narrating. He was easy to understand and follow.

    Yes, I'd recommend the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mindusq san francisco 09-24-12
    mindusq san francisco 09-24-12 Member Since 2008

    Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.

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    "Great crime writer but, boy, is he out of bounds"

    I'm sure this book was quite scandalous in its day--and I did enjoy listening to it--but it is chock full of racist remarks, chauvinist viewpoints, condescension, and homophobia--distracting, at the very least. It reads a bit like an episode of "Law & Order" but more preachy and Father Knows Best-like. The narration, however, is wonderfully dramatic in a tough, hard-boiled way with clear descriptions of New York City and the cultural icons of the 70s.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-17-12
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-17-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Fabulous good/ bad guy characters"

    This book was written some time ago, but I was surprised by the freshness of it - the way it has stood the test of time. The detective is a great character with an interesting side plot line regarding his wife. The bad guy is very well portrayed, he is very cold and quite fascinating. The story is well-paced and very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this detective fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Chilliwack, BC, Canada 04-05-12
    Jean Chilliwack, BC, Canada 04-05-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Exciting story but dated!"

    I must say that I found the story good enough to overlook some of the dated dialogue that did not stand up to time and the droning narration. Not good enough, however, to buy more in the series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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