Tom Pasmore, ten years old, survives a near-fatal accident. During his long recovery, he becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder and finds he has clues to solving it that he shouldn’t. Lamont von Heilitz has spent his life dealing with mysteries, until he wanted to know nothing more of the terror of life and the horror of death. When a new murder disrupts their world of wealth, power, and pleasure, the two must form an unlikely partnership to confront demons from the past and the dark secrets that still haunt the present.
©2010 Peter Straub (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
.“Intriguing, immensely readable.... Engages the mind.” (The Washington Post Book World)
“The near-perfect mystery.... Full of intricate, engrossing, flesh-and-blood suspects and heroes.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
“Sensational.... A terrific page-turner, superbly plotted, unforgettable characters.” (Kansas City Star)
Too bored to finish this book, I could care less about a boy and his criminal investigator mentor. Progresses very slowly too, and the author fails to create any emotional attachment to the main character. Narrator is also a bit too zealous for my listening preference.
Another good mystery by Peter Straub. There are some interesting social/economical conflicts played out in the story as well as the unraveling of some family secrets including murder.
A better description and a better reader.
I think the story line was very meandering and hard to follow.
His narration and the way he portrayed other characters just didn't work for me.
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