Lawrence Sanders's masterpiece, The First Deadly Sin, set a standard for today's novels of psychological suspense. Now, retired Captain Ed Delaney returns to a distinctly urban milieu of paranoia and impulsive violence to solve a brutal murder that shocks New York's unshockable art world.
The victim is Victor Maitland. Long-considered one of the world's greatest artists, he excelled in capturing the beauty of life on canvas. In private, he destroyed whomever he pleased: his wife, his son, his mistress, his dearest friends and family. Fittingly, Maitland has paid for his sins. But in a world where self-delusion is rewarded, where greed triumphs, and where murder is just another art, who else will pay the price?
Prolong the suspense: follow the further crime-solving career of Edward X. Delaney.
©1977 Lawrence Sanders (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
Semi retired magazine editor and part time university adjunct instructor who is often distracted by his 10-year-old daughter.
I liked this story and the shorter length was about right. My only complaint is that I was awaiting one final twist that never occurred. It made sense to me if "envy" is the sin referred to. As it turned out, the "perp" seemed more to suffer from avarice. Maybe the numbering system for the sins varies. All that nonsense aside, we once again had great character development and a well-conceived plot. If you enjoyed the first, you will enjoy the second. I'll keep listening.
To get a better idea of my background. I am a working class white male in my forties. I love good fiction, and I love smart books. I have drifted towards a lot of European writers like Reginald Hill, Val McDermid.,Etc....
In my opinion - It's as good as the first deadly sin. Compared to some of the stuff I listened to lately - It's all of five stars. It might have been written 30 + years ago - But his writing style and controversial story lines make him seem modern day. I have a hard time writing long reviews for good books. I would rather just give you my opinion and let you be the judge.
For what it's worth................... J
Addicted to Audible - I listen to at least three books a month while I'm out walking. I'm a motivational speaker based in North Carolina.
Great writing! Wonderful characters.
He does such a good job I forget about him.
I love this series because I can see the strong images Sanders writes about. He's my current fav.
This was a great read. I liked this book better than the first one and it had a better conclusion than the first book.
This detective story is about 35 years old, and the dated language from the late 70s waters down a good mystery with good characters, making it almost seem like a cliche. Sadly, while it might have made it a better novel when it was published, it means that it doesn't stand up as well over time. The winning piece in the package is the performance, a narrator who brings a really believable voice to Chief Edward X. Delaney - but it's not enough to bring the audiobook above a 3 out of 5.
Audible is redesigning their website and I see I have 599 books in my library. Sometimes I will pick a book simply because it is recommended in a genre I like, as this one was. I wanted to like it, expected to like it. I did listen to all of this book, it has a good narrator and is creative and sound in plot development. That's the positive.
My issue is, while listening to this book it occurred to me, Captain Delaney, the hero of the book is in the list of top ten of people I would not want to be stuck in an elevator with. He has a poor opinion of women, in general a good woman makes sandwiches for him and his partner. A 1950's TV marriage and view of women from a man's perspective. I can deal with that in small doses but through a whole book it wears me out and at the end I wanted to kick him hard in a special place. Not as funny as his views on women, I found Captain Delaney's attitude patronizing relative to his partner's struggle with alcoholism. I learned from this book I like my heroes with a little more vulnerability and a little less self-righteous.
you truly get to know and appreciate the main characters. Good plot.
Edward X Delaney is my favorit
This is a great follow up in the series. I found this book to be sooo much more engaging from the beginning than The First Deadly Sin. This could be due to the fact that I am now comfortable with the main character. This book is exciting from the very beginning and maintains it all the way through. The great thing about this series is that you never know how it is going to end. Great listen.
I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
The Deadly Sin series is so good I'm rereading them all. If anything, I like them even MORE the second time. If you're new to the series it follows a retired police chief Edward X. Delaney as he is drawn back into assisting the department with important murder investigations. In the Second Deadly Sin (the first in the series written as a Whodunnit) a famous artist has been stabbed to death in his studio and there's almost nothing to go on.
Watch as Delaney dives into the world of brutal murder, listen as he meets a cast of ruthless suspects, each craving the wealth or talent the victim had and think along with him as you try to guess who stabbed a brilliant, troubled painter in the back. The twists are great, the characters are strikingly real and the ending will grip you in its pain and its realism.
The Deadly Sin series excels at taking the thriller and the mystery, embracing their cliches and opening them up, making every action, every character real. So many books in this genre are two dimensional, but not Delaney. He's a large, flawed, determined character and I promise, you'll be with him every step of the way.
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