A decent enough story, but the format--supposed excerpts from surveillance tapes--is a bad match to the audio format. The story is dated, it was writt..Show More »en several decades ago, when new york was a war zone, and the idea of civilian surveillance was a fresh one. But it's hard to hold that against it. it's more just an issue of the awkwardness of all the steps of listening to someone reading written transcripts of someone supposedly speaking. I never thought i would write these words, but i almost think this one needs a *shudder* dramatic performance with an ensemble cast in order to get the authors story across.
IMHO, skip this one, and go right on to 'The First Deadly Sin' an excellent novel well performed.
This book, although listed as first in the series by audible, is not needed to understand the series.
I was glued to this book for all 27 hours -- and the funny thing is, having read the book at least three times since it came out in 1973, I knew exact..Show More »ly what was going to happen. Clearly, it wasn't the element of suspense that got me -- even though there was still plenty of that. In a book this long, lots of things happen that I'd forgotten, or glossed over, before. Then too, listening to a book as compared to reading it, there are always things that seem new, that I hadn't considered before. But the big delight in listening, again, was just watching it all unfold -- seeing Edward X. Delaney plot, plan and scheme to take down the evil Daniel Blank for whom, ultimately, it's hard not to feel some level of compassion. The staid but quirky Delaney is on a par with the world's most memorable detectives -- Holmes, Piorot, Whimsey, and even Columbo, of whom he reminds me in some vague fashion (probably his absolute doggedness, in refusing to ever consider giving up or even backing down.) Bottom line, I loved this book -- absolutely loved it. Now I'm looking forward to all the rest of the "sins", wishing, for the first time in my life, that there were more than seven.
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..Show More » 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.
Psychological thrillers don't get better than this. The Deadly Sin series always cares deeply about its characters and Sanders takes considerable time..Show More » making sure they appear as real, breathing human beings. But the third book in the series is a masterpiece by itself. You do not need to be a Sanders fan - or even a previous reader of this series - to enjoy it thoroughly.
Written ten years before Aileen Wuornos embarked in her deadly killing spree, Sanders predicts the first female serial killer in American history and tries to imagine what she might be like. Her descent into madness is fascinating and horrifying to watch, as is the methodical Edward X. Delaney as he chases her.
Though Wuornos was not nearly the type of killer that Sanders creates in the "Hotel Ripper", this is a wonderful, intellectual and satisfying read.
I loved every minute of the entire Deadly Sin series and this book is no exception. A terrific mystery (better, I would say than the other whodunnit, ..Show More »the Second Deadly Sin) it examines the multitude of methods detectives use in cracking a case or a suspect. The murder is interesting and as always, Delaney is a great character to watch investigate it.
The only downside to reading this book is the knowledge that Sanders never finished the series. It ends with this book and for that reason I would recommend buying this book AND one of the earlier ones, preferably the First Deadly Sin, so you can understand the style of writing that Sanders engaged in. Three deadly sins remain, and the only killer to this books satisfaction is that Sanders didn't examine them with his wit, his passion and his thrilling style like he did with this (and the other three) books.
It's a masterful series, one you should read. I only wish it was complete.