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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)

What Members Say

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    JasonK 08-27-11
    JasonK 08-27-11 Member Since 2015
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    "No mystery and no thrills"

    The narrator had me wondering if, at some point, he was going to ask if if switching insurance companies could save me money..."does a bear defecate in the woods?" I'm sure you know the commercials.

    Everything in this book seemed to be lost by about two decades. Maybe the author placing a homburg on Delany's head was to show that he was also willing a bit of a bad guy, because it seems to me that by the 70's fedoras and homburgs were generally out of fashion for most. Wardrobe aside, the majority of it seemed better suited to the 50's or earlier not the 70's.

    Delany was a terribly contradictory character: He seemed (to me) either dumb as stump or able to make brilliant connections with few pieces of information. He was willing to go very far outside the law to get the bad guy and still be concerned with a desk cop properly answering the phone, professional appearance, and so on. Compassionate enough to visit murder victim's families and then ruthless enough to yell at and degrade a widow when she wouldn't help. Delany seemed like a manipulated character in a story, not a cop that worked within the fictional world; he didn't seem "real".

    Finally, the regular alcohol consumption by the police was just plain silly. Out on a stake out? Have some brandy, Working the investigation? Have beer from the well stocked fridge, otherwise have coffee. Met up with another police chief? He's carrying about a case of beer in his patrol car, so dig in fellas while we wait! I really don't understand what the author was trying for.

    There's no mystery here: You know who the killer is and you know who is going to get him. There are no particularly exciting moments. It was merely dragging through Delany's investigation, and enduring the author's description of ham fisted or limp wristed characters. I finished this only because I wanted to see how the author would force the closure of the investigation.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff 10-02-12
    Cliff 10-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not worth the credit !!!"
    What would have made The First Deadly Sin better?

    Finding out what the story was about. I Listened for more than 2 hours and still don't have any idea what the book is about.


    What could Lawrence Sanders have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    In the first chapter he could give some idea of what the plot of the book is.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    nothing,


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment, I wasted 2 hours & a credit.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book, out of several hundred that I gave up on.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Just mississauga, Ontario, Canada 02-04-13
    Just mississauga, Ontario, Canada 02-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Four hours and still no idea what it was about"

    I tried to get into this book, it got such great reviews, but after four hours and still no idea where the plot was heading... I knew more about the book by reading the summarry on audible. So I decided to give up. I am particularly sorry as I bought the Second Deadly sin as well. I agree with some of the reviewers how the book being dated may have not helped in my enjoyment as they were trying to make the main character as a sexual pervert of some type because he wanted to have sex with sunglasses on or masks. Nowadays, that would be nothing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mimi Dawsonville, GA, United States 01-16-13
    Mimi Dawsonville, GA, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Taste must have changed"
    Would you try another book from Lawrence Sanders and/or Marc Vietor?

    I read this series 2 decades ago and really enjoyed it. Tried listening again to this one but couldn't get past the first 2 hours. The couple was just so awful! I never got as far as Lt. Delaney's involvement. The initial sadism was just too much so I quit. I have gotten the Second Deadly Sin but I can't decide whether to even start it! The reader was fine...not the problem. Probably shouldn't review it at all, not having finished it, but the early part of this is not for the squeamish.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lloyd mollymook, Australia 08-28-12
    lloyd mollymook, Australia 08-28-12
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    "ALONZO"

    Boring ,boring this book is in my view dated having been written some 40 year s ago. It appears to be a forerunner to American Psyco, gratuitious violence with few redeeming features The narrator was very good but could not save the book. The only Character that was in any way believable was The CAPTAIN and even here he became bogged down with repetition.
    In short a waste of a credit. I will not be exploring the second, third or any other deadly sin

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-29-12

    Living the life happily.... : )

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    "SLOW"
    Would you try another book from Lawrence Sanders and/or Marc Vietor?

    No


    What could Lawrence Sanders have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Moved the story along better.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Marc Vietor’s performances?

    Perhaps


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had not wasted my credit, nor my time with this book. Too far out story line and much too drawn out for my taste.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 05-01-12
    Tammy 05-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring!"
    Would you try another book from Lawrence Sanders and/or Marc Vietor?

    I listened to this book for hours waiting for something to happen. Finally, after three hours (approx) I gave up. I couldn't take it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very disappointed to have wasted my money on this book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    04-25-12
    04-25-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Just Terrible"
    Any additional comments?

    I have been listening for 18 years. This is the first time I have felt a need to write a review.
    This was just terrible. Can't say any more. I endured the whole 24 hours, could not wait for it to be over. It is too bad, as I usually enjoy his work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Workman 04-24-12
    Ron Workman 04-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "This Book Sucks"
    Would you try another book from Lawrence Sanders and/or Marc Vietor?

    NOT a Chance


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lawrence Sanders again?

    No WAY


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

    any are good - too bad he is associated with such a bad author.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust for the author


    Any additional comments?

    This may have been a decent story - but the author is addicted to lists - he can't go more that a few minutes with one showing up. On top of that the book goes porographic near the end of the first section - homosexual pediphilia. Not what I paid for!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Wichita, KS, United States 03-13-12
    Donna Wichita, KS, United States 03-13-12

    57 Yrs Young, have been reading since age 5. Avg 3-5 books per week. Avid reader/listener, enjoy ALL genres & many writing styles.

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    "WORST BOOK I'VE EVER STOPPED READING!"
    What disappointed you about The First Deadly Sin?

    For 2-1/2 hours I listened to discriptions of furniture, scenery, etc. that droned on and on.


    What was most disappointing about Lawrence Sanders’s story?

    Most disappointing was that after 2-1/2 hours I didn't know WHERE the story was going, on if it WAS going anywhere.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Marc Vietor’s performances?

    His performance was alright, but the combination of him and NO story was too much.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Utter disappointment - I was glad I didn't pay full price for this book. After the first hour I kept telling myself, if I just listened a little longer it would get better. After 2-1/2 hours it didn't get better. Boooooo


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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