The Strangler

A Novel
Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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It's 1963, and what terrifies Bostonians most is the mysterious killer who has already claimed a dozen victims, a murderer whose name is indelibly linked to their city: the Boston Strangler.

For the three Daley brothers, sons of a Boston cop, crime is the family business. They are simply on different sides of it. Joe is the eldest, a tough-talking cop whose gambling habits drag him down into the city's gangland. Michael is the middle son, a Harvard-educated lawyer working for an ambitious attorney general. And Ricky, the devil-may-care youngest son, floats above the fray as an expert burglar - until the Strangler strikes too close to home.

As Joe's mob debts close in around him, and Michael becomes snarled in a murder investigation gone wrong, and Ricky is hunted by both sides of the law, the three brothers - and the women who love them - are forced to take sides. Now each must look deeper into a killer's murderous rage, into their family's own lethal secrets, and into the one death that has changed them forever.

As William Landay's complex, compassionate, and terrifying novel builds to a climax, two mysteries will collide, and a shattering truth will be revealed.

©2007 William Landay (P)2007 Random House Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Landay movingly explores the bonds of family and basic questions of honesty and loyalty." (Publishers Weekly)
"A crackling debut that answers the question: Who will be the new Grisham? Stylish writing, wickedly convoluted plotting, and an insider's view of big-city jurisprudence and police accommodation." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Too boring to finish!

Though I thougt Defending Jacob by this author was top-notch, The Strangler nearly
put me to sleep. Skip it!

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I liked the surprises.

Would you try another book from William Landay and/or Stephen Hoye?

yes

Would you be willing to try another book from William Landay? Why or why not?

yes. I bought this book because I read Defending Jacob, which was one of the best books I've read.

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Liistened to abridged by mistake -- still good

I bought the book and was told by Audible that it would not be available immediately. When I did get it, I downloaded it without checking. Listened to it and was surprised to hear a credit for the "abridger" at the end. I never listen to abridged books (so I feel a little cheated), but this was good even if shorter than what the author intended. The story held together quite well (I already downloaded and am listening to his first novel -- unabridged -- and will probably end up listening to the just-released one as well). As other reviewers have pointed out, the story of the Boston Strangler is just the backdrop for the family mystery/drama. The reader is also quite good (I wish he would not attempt the Boston accent, but that is only mildly annoying). Glad to have discovered the writer.