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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

.“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)

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  • epeep
  • Sterling, VA, United States
  • 09-15-12

Very confusing and slow; hated the reader.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better description and a better reader.

What could Peter Straub have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I think the story line was very meandering and hard to follow.

What didn’t you like about Patrick Lawlor’s performance?

His narration and the way he portrayed other characters just didn't work for me.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great book, mediocre performance

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is one of my favorite books. Every time I read it, and I've read it at least half a dozen times, I find something new to admire. So maybe you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that Mystery had been made into an Audible book. What you won't be able to imagine is my disappointment with the reader. Except for a single sentence at the end, he lacked all modulation, all nuance. What he had in abundance, regrettably, was zeal, and this he brought to bear on each page, each paragraph, each sentence (except one). What a disappointment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • barc2003
  • Glendale, AZ, United States
  • 12-06-12

Straub Does It Again

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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kenneth
  • ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States
  • 08-31-12

boring boring boring

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.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Book!

I had read this book years ago and remember liking it, but I had forgotten so much of the story it was like reading it for the first time. 25 years on, it is an amazing read. Compelling from the first page and full of great characters. I especially liked the second act which takes place at an exclusive lake resort in Wisconsin. The conclusion wraps up every character arc neatly and is very satisfying.

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I enjoyed this.

Peter Straub is a great story teller. I have always enjoyed his books. He understands what makes a person want to know what a story is all about. There is a well defined humanity in his tales. That is what makes a story really interesting for me. What are the human elements and how do the relate.
Plus a good story. This has that in aces.

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so strange...

still not quite sure what it is and why it is that way. intriguing and odd "trilogy?".
hope it pays off. sure it will.

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  • Kari
  • Nebraska
  • 02-12-16

Interesting But Convoluted

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wouldn't declare it was the second book in the series that includes "Koko", that makes absolutely no sense and a reader hoping to read or listen to a continuation of the characters from Koko will be disappointed. I was in that aspect.

Has Mystery turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, not at all, I like mysteries and this had a decent one, though there were way too many characters.

Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favorite?

I liked Tom a lot, he was charming and endearing and you root for him and WANT to see what happens to him. You care about.

Do you think Mystery needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, it's such a dense book that you're kind of waterlogged by the end of it and you don't really want to know any more about the characters. You're good to leave them where they are.