- Gebundene Ausgabe: 365 Seiten
- Verlag: Farrar Straus & Giroux (28. Februar 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0374200955
- ISBN-13: 978-0374200954
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,1 x 3,5 x 23,6 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.737.920 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Man from Primrose Lane (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 28. Februar 2012
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The Man from Primrose Lane is a well-told story filled with darkness, horror, humor and surprising tenderness. And that's just the first part. There is a moment in this novel when the story moves in a way so unexpected I actually had to put it down and catch my breath. Go ahead, see what I mean. I'll wait here for you. (Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe)
The Man from Primrose Lane is one of those novels that will leave you torn: you'll want to read it slowly, in order to savor every scene, but you'll feel compelled to rush through the pages to discover what happens next. With uncommon skill and intelligence, James Renner weaves an intricate story of murder, abduction, and obsessive love. An incredible achievement--beautifully written and dazzlingly plotted, full of well-drawn characters and unexpected twists. (Harry Dolan, author of Bad Things Happen and Very Bad Men)
The Man from Primrose Lane is a haunting, wickedly clever book. Part Dennis Lehane and part Murakami, the twist of H. P. Lovecraft mixed in gives it a taste like no other. James Renner starts off his fiction career with a bang. (Jonathan Carroll, author of The Ghost in Love)
Set in the near future, this ambitious, genre-bending debut novel from investigative reporter Renner (Amy: My Search for Her Killer) opens with the brutal torture and killing of an elderly hermit, known as "the Man with a Thousand Mittens" (because he wore mittens in the summer), in West Akron, Ohio, and passes through the agonized aftermath of the presumed suicide of the beloved and troubled wife of bestselling true-crime journalist David Neff, who's charged with the hermit's murder. David, obsessed with finding the real killer and saving his four-year-old son from his worst fear, that the boy will grow up to be just like himself, painfully sets about clearing himself of the murder charge. He becomes involved with scientist Victor Tesla, whose time-travel vehicle takes multiple Davids on dizzying hunts for alternative-time child abusers, rapists, and homicidal maniacs. Punctuated by moments of desperate tenderness, this unusually demanding and grim tale provokes troubling reflections on guilt and innocence, good and evil, revenge and redemption. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
Fully fleshed characters . . . vividly rendered. Renner's feints toward horror add quirky interest . . . those who [make the leap] will be well-rewarded. (Booklist)
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James Renner is the author of two books of nonfiction that detail his adventures in investigative journalism: Amy: My Search for Her Killer and The Serial Killer's Apprentice. His work has been featured in Best American Crime Reporting and Best Creative Nonfiction. He lives in Ohio.
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The Man From Primrose Lane is a hauntingly good read. The story consists of a few disturbing details, such as the crimes of pedophiles and murderers, that are at times hard to read but it also makes the story line more dramatic. Renner doesn't go into too much detail concerning these crimes but enough to make your skin crawl. The story is told through flashbacks and real time. This method adds to building suspense in the novel.
This is definitely one of the more interesting books I've read in some time. The ending wasn't at all as I expected. It has a twist that will leave your mind whirling. Renner will leave you speculating and gauging not only how the book would end but also as to who the real criminal in this book is. The Man From Primrose Lane is more for older audiences.
i didn't mind that there was an unexpected turn into science fiction two-thirds into the story. its a little like stephen king's novels, and maybe also niffeneggers "time travelers wife" although there the time traveling was organic to the story and more convincing. Here the time traveling seems added on, and doesn't really add anything to the crime story--namely, finding out who committed the crime, or how it affects the characters in the story. I like that he tried to do something new and unexpected with a crime story, but the story seemed to wander a bit at that point.
however the writing style is really good, and the story was for the most part, well told and cleverly executed. its pretty riveting for the first two-thirds, and I would have really liked to have seen more character evolution. The female characters seem a bit one dimensional at times. but its a good first novel.
what bothered me most--the cat. is it another incarnation of the crazy homeless dude that David sees out the window while he's experimenting with S&M with Elizabeth? so its just a representation of evil? it seems unnecessary. is it also a reference to schroedingers cat? and what was up with the name carved into the tree stump in the field.
also, I don't know why its there really, but it seems to be a playful sort of reference to atlas shrugged on page 330 --- "but who is dean galt?"
sometimes editors can be your friend. i'm nitpicking, but on page 348 a certain character "wore no shirt" but several pages later there is "a bright red stain appearing in the center of [his] shirt". I guess I missed the part where he stopped to find a shirt and put it on, in the middle of the story's tense climactic finish.
the description of the bodily functions and results of stasis/time travel are some of the most disgusting/nauseating passages I have ever read, and I am not usually easily grossed out. it just seems implausible. and mostly just really gross.
Renner's chapters are as precisely orchestrated as a card sharp dealing hope to a gambler, each hand ratcheting up the tension, the stakes too high to lose, from the history of the enigmatic "Man from Primrose Lane" to David's love for the secretive, moody Elizabeth, from his fascination with Brune's crimes to nearly-crippling fragments of recurring memories. As Elizabeth reluctantly reveals her past to a fervent soon-to-be-husband- her twin was kidnapped at ten, an event that shadows her life- the introduction of pivotal characters underscores an unfolding drama that breeches the boundaries of the ordinary. Buffeted by doubt and curiosity, David finds a new dimension post-Elizabeth, driven to learn the truth and to protect his young son. Grim tableaux of crime are regularly etched in the public consciousness, but this novel jumps the constraints of predictability in the systematic kidnapping/killing of red-haired ten-year-old girls, good and evil in mortal in a tale of murder, abduction and obsessive love. Luan Gaines/2012.