The Devil in Silver

Narrated by: Victor LaValle
Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (226 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Pepper is a rambunctious big man, and, suddenly, the surprised inmate of a budget-strapped mental institution in Queens, New York. He's not mentally ill, but that doesn't seem to matter. On his first night, he's visited by a terrifying creature who nearly kills him before being hustled away by the hospital staff. It's no delusion: The other patients confirm that a hungry devil roams the hallways when the sun goes down.

Pepper rallies three other inmates in a plot to fight back: Dorry, an octogenarian schizophrenic; Coffee, an African immigrant with severe OCD; and Loochie, a bipolar teenage girl. Battling the pill-pushing staff, one another, and their own minds, they try to kill the monster that's stalking them. But can the Devil die?

©2012 Victor LaValle (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Not a horror/thriller

There are so many bad reviews of this novel that I have to conclude that it was marketed incorrectly. It's true that there are some horror/thriller tropes, but it's mainly a character-driven novel about mental illness and the institutions that purportedly care for them. It's also about misunderstanding the true source of one's suffering. This novel is very generous and large-hearted toward all the characters, which is a joy to read.

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a gem worth all the digging

heavy, thoughtful. a pleasant surprise... not a "horror novel" though, horrifying at times. I truly enjoyed LaValle's prose.

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A suspenseful mystery, horror, thriller, drama

Book Club Jaws, finding Dorry, Vincent Van Gogh, conspiracy Coffee and the devil in a bison wig.

Crap. I have had an ARC of this one sitting on my shelf since 2012. For whatever reason, I could just never get to it. When I had the opportunity to pick up the audiobook, I figured I should pick it up and give it a go. Glad I did. Not what I was expecting at all and pleasantly surprised I liked it as much as I did. Not only can Victor write, but he narrates a good story as well.

I really didn’t know what I was getting into with this one. Didn‘t read anything about it. Didn’t read any reviews or the synopsis. I honestly thought it was going to be a ghost story or haunted house tale. Again, I was pleasantly surprised.

The story, while slow and meandering in spots, was quite refreshing and original. Victor LaValle can write. His characterizations are crazy good and his cast of characters were just plain crazy.

A suspenseful mystery, horror, thriller, drama that is funny, heartbreaking, satirical, and very dark at times. A solid 4 Stars!

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intriquing premise, so-so plotline

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Certainly it's a challenge to write a book that takes place in one setting alone. I got a little bored in there.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Premise is compelling - guy gets arrested and thrown into a mental hospital even though it seems everyone, himself, cops, doctors, knows he's not sick.The main conflict flatlines - man/beast patient terrorizes other patients.

Did Victor LaValle do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, very much so. It's an interesting story how he drew his characters, which LaValle speaks to in his acknowledgments and also talked about to Terry Gross on NPR.

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My expectations were entirely different: horror was the genre touted, yet it was a literary work. I loved it, I loved that it was, more than anything, character-driven. And characters they were, unique and alive. This is a novel that lets you consider your own circumstances in the world, that not-so-subtly reminds you to appreciate the aesthetics of the natural world and art. A novel well worth donating your time to.

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very good but drags on

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I like the story and enjoyed Victor LaValle's reading of it, but I think further edititing would enhance it -- too long, slow moving in the latter 1/3rd of the story

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Rich and complex.

I enjoyed and hope to see more of this author. Well crafted and totally engaging.

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Fantastic

I read more than I listen to audiobooks, so I am not drawing on a sample of thousands, but this is one of my top 3 audiobooks so far. LaValle does a spectacular job reading and the story somehow feels more complete heard in the author's spoken voice. The story itself is both a tense, is-there-a-monster-locked-in-this-space-with-us, horror novel and a takedown of some of the bureaucracies in the world that make horrifically flawed systems with tragic human costs. We made the systems, we could alter, remove, or replace them. But we instead all feel resigned to live by them. And yet for all that, LaValle highlights the power of human hope, perseverance, and small kindnesses. Read or listened to, this novel is a joy.

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This book is fantastic

LaValle is so good at helping you understand the complexities of human nature with all of our quirks, faults and most importantly our redeeming qualities. This book is powerful, funny, and tragic. A lot like life. Do your soul a favor. Just download the damn book ASAP

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Just beautiful

Such a perfect reality of the human condition in all its glory and warts. You will find true love inside this book.