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The Strangler: A Novel | [William Landay]

The Strangler: A Novel

It's 1963, and what terrifies Bostonians most is the mysterious killer who has already claimed a dozen victims: the Boston Strangler. For the three Daley brothers, sons of a Boston cop, crime is the family business. Joe is the eldest, a tough-talking cop. Michael is the middle son, a Harvard-educated lawyer. And Ricky floats above the fray as an expert burglar. Now each must look into a killer's murderous rage, into their family's own lethal secrets, and into the one death that has changed them forever.
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Publisher's Summary

It's 1963, and what terrifies Bostonians most is the mysterious killer who has already claimed a dozen victims, a murderer whose name is indelibly linked to their city: the Boston Strangler.

For the three Daley brothers, sons of a Boston cop, crime is the family business. They are simply on different sides of it. Joe is the eldest, a tough-talking cop whose gambling habits drag him down into the city's gangland. Michael is the middle son, a Harvard-educated lawyer working for an ambitious attorney general. And Ricky, the devil-may-care youngest son, floats above the fray as an expert burglar - until the Strangler strikes too close to home.

As Joe's mob debts close in around him, and Michael becomes snarled in a murder investigation gone wrong, and Ricky is hunted by both sides of the law, the three brothers - and the women who love them - are forced to take sides. Now each must look deeper into a killer's murderous rage, into their family's own lethal secrets, and into the one death that has changed them forever.

As William Landay's complex, compassionate, and terrifying novel builds to a climax, two mysteries will collide, and a shattering truth will be revealed.

©2007 William Landay; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Landay movingly explores the bonds of family and basic questions of honesty and loyalty." (Publishers Weekly)
"A crackling debut that answers the question: Who will be the new Grisham? Stylish writing, wickedly convoluted plotting, and an insider's view of big-city jurisprudence and police accommodation." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Cindy ELON, NC, United States 04-22-12
    Cindy ELON, NC, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2005
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    What disappointed you about The Strangler?

    I loved William Landay's later book, "Defending Jacob", so was excited to get this one. I've gotten about 2 hours into it, and frankly I can't get up any excitement to listen to it anymore. For starters, it's a period piece set sometime in the 40's or 50's, and those usually don't do it for me. For seconds, it's about a bunch of brothers that I find completely unsavory, in a family that I don't like very much. The mystery is about a strangler of women that I've never met and have no connection to. At this point, I just don't care who killed them or what happens to this family, so I'm setting the book down. Sorry Mr. Landay.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    lisa katy, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-30-13
    lisa katy, United States Minor Outlying Islands 07-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    What disappointed you about The Strangler?

    I don't know if the book was bad or the narrator made the book intolerable. I put it on a fast speed just to get thru it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Hoye?

    Anyone


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    Mike Dawson city, Yukon, Canada 01-22-13
    Mike Dawson city, Yukon, Canada 01-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    It was really hard to get into the story on account of the narrators voice, he sounded almost like an announcer for a very boring game. But after a couple hours the story became quite interesting. I found that the main story wasn't even about the strangler case, but more about police corruption and its ties to the mafia. The characters left a good impression and the ending was surprising so all in all it was good, but I would certainly recommend "Defending Jacob" way before I would recommend this book.

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