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Burning Man [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Alan Russell
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11. Dezember 2012

LAPD cop Michael Gideon and his police dog partner Sirius became reluctant celebrities after capturing a notorious serial killer in the midst of an inferno. For their heroism, they were chosen to head up the newly formed Special Cases Unit. Now the duo tackles out-of-the- ordinary cases, anything deemed unusual or bizarre even by Hollyweird standards.

When a teenager is found crucified in a city park, Gideon and Sirius are handed the bizarre case. Confronting the gruesome tableau and having to work the case worsens Detective Gideon’s PTSD, a condition he has tried to hide from others. Gideon’s burns may have healed, but the fire haunts him still...in more ways than one.

Eerily prescient since that terrible night of the fire, Gideon has unusual insights into the crimes he investigates, a skill he and Sirius must learn to trust as much as they do each other if they are to solve —and survive—this case.


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  • Taschenbuch: 328 Seiten
  • Verlag: Thomas & Mercer (11. Dezember 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1612186092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612186092
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,6 x 13,7 x 2,5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 557.108 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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Critical acclaim has greeted Alan Russell’s novels from coast to coast. Publisher’s Weekly calls him, “One of the best writers in the mystery field today. The New York Times says, “He has a gift for dialogue,” while the Los Angeles Times calls him, “A crime fiction rara avis.” Russell’s ten novels have ranged from whodunits to comedic capers to suspense, and his works have been nominated for most of the major awards in crime fiction. His novels have garnered him a Critics’ Choice Award, The Lefty (awarded to the best humorous mystery of the year), and two San Diego Book Awards. A native and long-time resident of California, Alan Russell is a former college basketball player who these days barely can touch the rim. A proud father of three children, Russell is an avid gardener and cook, and fortunately is blessed with a spouse who doesn’t mind weeding or washing dishes.


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Struktur und Spannungsbogen:
Ausgehend von den auslösenden Ereignissen (Auffinden der Getöteten) entspinnt sich eine typische Whodunit-Story. Ungewöhnlich und stark spannungsunterstützend ist die psychische Situation des Protagonisten, die die objektiv beobachtbaren Ereignisse subjektiv verstärkt. Defizite hat der Plot im Bereich der Täterhandlung. Abgesehen von einer Szene, die mit den beiden Fällen nichts zu tun hat, bleiben die Taten selbst und die möglichen Aktivitäten der Täter von der Handlung ausgespart. Trotz der durchgehenden personalen Perspektive des Protagonisten, hätte man mehr Action in den Plot integrieren können. Die Suche nach den Tätern wird so zur Begleitmusik für einen Protagonisten, der sich (psychisch) vor allem selbst im Weg steht. Dass die Story dennoch spannend ist, ist vor allem dem fassettenreichen Hauptakteur zu verdanken, mit dem sich der Leser gut identifizieren kann. Sein tierischer Partner, zu dem er ein ausgesprochen liebevolles Verhältnis hat, unterstützt das hohe Empathiepotenzial.
Schwächen hat der Plot auf den ersten 15% (Kindle-Version). Die Story ist ein Langsamstarter. Die Schilderung des Tathergangs selbst hätte dem Anfang gut getan, auch wenn man dafür die personale Perspektive des Protagonisten zeitweise hätte verlassen müssen.

Charaktere:
Der Protagonist wird charakterlich tief ausgeleuchtet. Seine inneren Probleme tragen die Story. Damit korrespondiert die durchgehende personale Perspektive. Ein Ich-Erzähler hätte das Identifikationspotenzial ggf. noch weiter befördert.
Alle weiteren Figuren dienen nur dazu, den Protagonisten in Szene zu setzen. Sie sind entsprechend flach angelegt.
Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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4.0 von 5 Sternen spannend, unterhaltsam 7. März 2013
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spannend und unterhaltsams Geschichte
Die enge Beziehung zwischen Mensch und Hund, die mit viel Humor daherkommt, ist sicher auch für nicht-Hundeliebhaber attarktiv.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Netter, kurzweiliger Krimi 27. Februar 2013
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Auch wenn der Autor ab und an ein bisschen zu bemüht ist, geistreich zu sein, und seinem Werk noch und noch mehr Lagen zu verabreichen, kommt alles in allem ein schöner, kurzweiliger Krimi/Thriller raus, der sich flott und spannend liest, sich schöner Sprache bedient und angenehme Charaktere hat. Ab und zu ein wenig vorrausschaubar, und ein Hauch zuviel Melodram und traurige Backstory(daher nur vier Sterne), aber bei formularer Literatur darf das durchaus sein.
Er bemüht sich im großen und ganzen erfolgreich Klischees auszuweichen ohne die Archetypen auszulassen.

Fazit: Sicher kein Werk großer Literatur, aber es liefert meiner Meinung nach genau das was es soll, und das in sprachlich guter Qualität.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A bond forged in fire 28. Oktober 2012
Von Jim Tenuto - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Alan Russell is the mystery writer's mystery writer. BURNING MAN may be his best, and certainly most nuanced novel yet. It has been nearly a decade since his last novel, POLITICAL SUICIDE; this book clearly signals a return of a gifted author.

Even before the fire that propels him into the pantheon of a true hero, Detective Michael Gideon has enough baggage to fill a transcontinental airline flight. His wife has died, he blames himself for her death, he was a foundling raised by adoptive parents...so when he and his partner, police dog Sirius (named for the dog star) head into a flame choked canyon in pursuit of a serial killer dubbed the Santa Ana Strangler, there is more than a hint that it wouldn't matter one way or the other if he comes out alive at the other end. After the fire, more baggage: rehabilitation, compression suit, scarred face, and skin grafts. Gideon suffers post traumatic stress and he is plagued by nightmares so vivid that he wakes with blistered skin.

The capture of Ellis Haines, the serial killer, is dramatic. Both Gideon and Sirius are shot and wounded. The only way out of the fire is to elicit the help of Haines to assist in carrying Sirius out of the fire, at gunpoint. All three are horribly burned. Haines is eventually tried and convicted, sentenced to death, and doing his time in San Quentin. Gideon and Sirius rehab and after a year return to duty. The police chief creates a position for Gideon, Special Cases Unit, a roving investigator who is assigned to particularly incendiary cases. The best part, though officially retired as a K9 officer, Sirius remains Gideon's partner.

Two of these cases now have Gideon's full attention. An abandoned child is found in the shadow of Angel's Flight, the world's shortest railroad (and the scene and title of a Michael Connelly novel featuring Harry Bosch.) She has suffocated, the slight incline and gravity pressing her into the bedding. Though the mother had taken the time to dress her in pink knitted booties and wrapped her for the weather, the death was accidental. The abandonment was not. On the same day Gideon is called to the scene of a horrific murder. A teenager has been killed, shot in the eye in Runyon Canyon Park, and then crucified. The teen, Paul Klein, son of a Hollywood producer who leverages his son's death to promote his upcoming movie, was not a model citizen. He was a serial bully. Mixed in with these two cases is an obligation to the FBI, he meets monthly with Haines, who will only talk to the policeman who captured him. Haines quotes Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", but it is really the "Secret Sharer" that binds the two men. They literally walked through fire together.

Russell introduces a number of great characters: Lisbet, who buries the dead, abandoned children of Los Angeles, Father Pat, the Catholic priest who finds the foundling Gideon under a pile leaves outside the church, Dottie, the wise-cracking clerk at the Monastery of the Angels, and Sister Frances, the 89-year old abbess who offers advice and counsel without betraying confidences. And then there is Gideon's next-door neighbor and sometimes dog-sitter, Seth, whose license plate reads "Shaman."

Whenever approaching a mystery where a featured character is an animal, I bring a full load of skepticism. I have never seen a cat solve a mystery, though you can read an entire series where a feline does exactly that. Russell handles the relationship between Sirius and Gideon with a sense of realism that rings true.

There is the patent Russell dialogue, rapid fire, pitch-perfect, distinct. Be forewarned, Gideon describes his humor to the Chief of Police as puerile, and there are more than a few groaners.

The ending of this book hints at a sequel. There is still unfinished business between Gideon and Haines.

BURNING MAN is a police procedural long on character, plot, and sense of place.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Intriguing Police Procedural, Great Characters, Slightly Uneven Plot Pacing 28. Oktober 2012
Von J. Avellanet - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Having one of the main characters as a dog, Sirius, is certainly an intriguing premise for a police procedural and a lesser writer could not have pulled it off as well as Alan Russell in Burning Man. The novel is written from the first person of Sirius's owner, Michael Gideon, and this is what helps the character of the dog actually work. As any dog owner will tell you, we all have imagined conversations with our dogs. Having the human character be the narrator of the overall novel makes the interplay between Michael and the dog Sirius work wonderfully. So if you're worried about the primary character's partner being a dog in this police procedural, put that worry to rest - Mr. Russell does a good job on this score.

The book is really two stories in one - the actual mystery and police procedural, and then the unfolding of Michael's trauma from a fiery incident in the book's prologue (thus the title, burning man). Throughout the book, Michael suffers post-traumatic disorder nightmares involving fire. And each time, he wakes to his dog licking him and whimpering. In part because of this - and in part because of other factors I won't go into so I can avoid spoilers - his personal life is in disarray. Thus, part of the book is Michael trying to pick up the pieces of his life and put it all back together.

That said, I knocked a star off my review because elements of Michael's personal life - which are *much* slower paced than the mystery - tend to get in the way of the primary plot rather than slide alongside it. At about three-fourths of the way through the book, you will undoubtedly be tempted to skip the "personal life interlude" chapter so you can proceed with trying to figure out the mystery. I understand the need to have the personal life of the detective present. Henning Mankell or Jo Nesbo show how good writers slip personal life points and sub-plots into police procedurals and mysteries so they don't jump out at you ala Monty Python's "And now for something completely different...." Thus my comment about the slightly uneven plot pacing.

Thankfully, the mystery/police procedural portion of the book is perfect, so I can't imagine anyone giving Burning Man less than four stars.

Personally, I have two rules of thumb for figuring out if a mystery/police procedural is good:

1. There's comes a point before the halfway mark in the book when it's almost impossible to put down (BTW - this is on about page 90 or so in Burning Man), and

2. Can I figure out who likely did it at about the same time or after the primary character given the same amount of information (*note this does not count if not given the same information - for a disgraceful example of a horrid police procedural that still gives me cold shivers, see A Fearsome Doubt).

Russell's Burning Man succeeds in both ways with one caveat: the jarring personal life interludes that briefly slam the brakes on the procedural mystery plot every so often. I'd like to see another book from Mr. Russell with Michael and Gideon; they are good characters and Mr. Russell writes a mean mystery. If he could just slip the personal sub-plotting in alongside the main plot so it's not so jarring a transition, it'd be perfect.

Today, Burning Man is just shy of perfection and since we're all just shy of perfection (well, most of us anyway - *lopsided grin*) this book is well recommended.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Close....but misses the mark 6. Januar 2013
Von Anthony J. Klimas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book started off well enough but over time, it seemed to lose steam and in places was downright awful. I was intrigued by the premise of a dog as a key character but the real character here is fire, and what an overdone character it was. I grew tired of the dream sequences and as the book progressed, the main characters. I found the dialog between the protagonist and his love interest especially painful and felt that the author was perhaps trying to hard to impress us with his command of the English language. By the end, there were still some plot lines left open and the author seemed anxious to wrap everything up in a neat little package so we could put it on a shelf. Ho hum....
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Incendiary 1. November 2012
Von prisrob - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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From the opening lines of 'Burning Man' we are treated to a suspense novel like no other. It has the sense of horror, bewilderment and mystery that makes a good book so worthwhile.

Michael Gideon and his partner, police dog, Sirius, is one of those teams that you know from the get go are trustworthy. The fact that Gideon has burn scars all over his face brings him a humanity missing in many detectives. He has been through the wars, so to speak.

After his heroic feats during a massive fire bringing in a most wanted criminal, he is offered a job working with the Special Cases Unit as lead detective. He finds his own cases, is given cases by his boss, and keeps very busy. He has an affinity for babies left on doorsteps and has his fill. At the same time he is investigating the crucifixtion death of a young teenager. The investigation opens up the world of teenage angst, bullies, drugs and life in the rich area of 90212, Hollywood High.

Michael Gideon is a real person, suffering from PTSD after the horrific fire and his burns, on top of the loss of his wife. His partner, Sirius, is his partner in arms and knows all of his secrets, and is his rock in these trying times. His friends and colleagues are a plus, but Gideon keeps his secrets close. Gideon is a true character that a series can make. He is someone I would follow.
Alan Russell has built a character that can take us with him from one case to another.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 11-01-12

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Too many cliche references 6. Februar 2013
Von Vicki Schwam - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I found this book tedious and anti climatic. Too much silly banter and snappy repartee and everything seemed so contrived
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