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Publisher's Summary

One of the most popular suspense novels of all time. A well-dressed man stalks the high-class neighborhoods of New York City. He is armed with an ice axe. His victims are strangers. And one cop, Captain Ed Delaney must solve a series of bizarre, gruesome murders that defy logic or method. This shocking story has captured the imaginations of millions like no other modern thriller.

Prolong the suspense: follow the further crime-solving career of Edward X. Delaney.
©1973 Lawrence Sanders (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Breathtakingly exciting." (Rolling Stone)

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  • MGS425
  • Dawsonville, GA, United States
  • 01-16-13

Taste must have changed

Would you try another book from Lawrence Sanders and/or Marc Vietor?

I read this series 2 decades ago and really enjoyed it. Tried listening again to this one but couldn't get past the first 2 hours. The couple was just so awful! I never got as far as Lt. Delaney's involvement. The initial sadism was just too much so I quit. I have gotten the Second Deadly Sin but I can't decide whether to even start it! The reader was fine...not the problem. Probably shouldn't review it at all, not having finished it, but the early part of this is not for the squeamish.

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  • lloyd
  • mollymook, Australia
  • 08-28-12

ALONZO

Boring ,boring this book is in my view dated having been written some 40 year s ago. It appears to be a forerunner to American Psyco, gratuitious violence with few redeeming features The narrator was very good but could not save the book. The only Character that was in any way believable was The CAPTAIN and even here he became bogged down with repetition.
In short a waste of a credit. I will not be exploring the second, third or any other deadly sin

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SLOW

Would you try another book from Lawrence Sanders and/or Marc Vietor?

No

What could Lawrence Sanders have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Moved the story along better.

Would you be willing to try another one of Marc Vietor’s performances?

Perhaps

Any additional comments?

I wish I had not wasted my credit, nor my time with this book. Too far out story line and much too drawn out for my taste.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Boring!

Would you try another book from Lawrence Sanders and/or Marc Vietor?

I listened to this book for hours waiting for something to happen. Finally, after three hours (approx) I gave up. I couldn't take it.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was very disappointed to have wasted my money on this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Just Terrible

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I have been listening for 18 years. This is the first time I have felt a need to write a review.
This was just terrible. Can't say any more. I endured the whole 24 hours, could not wait for it to be over. It is too bad, as I usually enjoy his work.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This Book Sucks

Would you try another book from Lawrence Sanders and/or Marc Vietor?

NOT a Chance

Would you ever listen to anything by Lawrence Sanders again?

No WAY

Which character ??? as performed by Marc Vietor ??? was your favorite?

any are good - too bad he is associated with such a bad author.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disgust for the author

Any additional comments?

This may have been a decent story - but the author is addicted to lists - he can't go more that a few minutes with one showing up. On top of that the book goes porographic near the end of the first section - homosexual pediphilia. Not what I paid for!!!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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WORST BOOK I'VE EVER STOPPED READING!

What disappointed you about The First Deadly Sin?

For 2-1/2 hours I listened to discriptions of furniture, scenery, etc. that droned on and on.

What was most disappointing about Lawrence Sanders’s story?

Most disappointing was that after 2-1/2 hours I didn't know WHERE the story was going, on if it WAS going anywhere.

Would you be willing to try another one of Marc Vietor’s performances?

His performance was alright, but the combination of him and NO story was too much.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Utter disappointment - I was glad I didn't pay full price for this book. After the first hour I kept telling myself, if I just listened a little longer it would get better. After 2-1/2 hours it didn't get better. Boooooo

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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not one of his best.

What disappointed you about The First Deadly Sin?

the fascination of the main character.

What could Lawrence Sanders have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

nothing.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Marc Vietor?

yes.

What character would you cut from The First Deadly Sin?

the freak. lol

Any additional comments?

i thought i had read this book in the 80s and enjoyed it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Narrator

What disappointed you about The First Deadly Sin?

I couldn't get through the first chapter because the narrator was so dry. Total waste of money.

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  • Mari
  • Farmington, MN, United States
  • 12-24-11

I've never been so bored in my life.

I can't believe I wasted my credit on this! I have spent a week trying to get intrested in this and I give up. I made it to chapter 6, was so bored I wanted to stab myself in the eye with a pencil. I hated the narrator, I hated the characters, I mean for the love of all that is holy we are 6 chapters into this and no one has died yet, except maybe the readers of bordem. I really had no idea from the description that this was set in the 70's, I've lived through the 70's it wasn't that great why in heavens name would I want to read about it. Unless you are suffering from insomnia I wouldn't recommend that you purchase this snoozer.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful