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Desert Places (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series Book 1) (English Edition) von [Crouch, Blake, Kilborn, Jack]
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Debut novelist Crouch puts a nasty spin on the serial killer thriller in this gruesome tale that, alas, folds under the weight of its ambitions. The story starts at full throttle: narrator Andrew Thomas, a successful horror writer, finds a letter outside his secluded North Carolina home that begins, "Greetings. There is a body buried on your property, covered in your blood." Indeed there is, and further missives direct Andrew to a motel outside Denver, where he is drugged, kidnapped and brought to a house surrounded by desert; there he meets his captor - his long-lost twin brother, Orson. Orson, who walked out of Andrew's life years ago, has, it turns out, been quite busy in the interim as a serial killer. Hoping that Andrew will share his passion, Orson forces his brother to participate in mutilating and killing three victims; he then lets Andrew go. Back home, Andrew joins forces with his best friend to track Orson down, locating him at a New England college. However, their plan to kill Orson ends with the friend dead and Orson locked in the trunk of Andrew's car as Andrew drives cross-country to the desert house, where matters reach a grisly denouement. Crouch's smart, tight prose displays plenty of narrative energy. The novel is gory enough to turn off many, though, and such serial-killer statements as "We all want blood. We are war. That's the code. War and regression and more blood," as well as a flashback to childhood sexual abuse, drag the story line into a portentousness that undercuts its serious exploration of the psychology of the serial killer. Still, Crouch shows real talent here, and perhaps his promised sequel to this novel will be lighter on its feet.
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Things seem to be going quite well for suspense writer Andrew Thomas until the May afternoon when he finds a letter in his mailbox informing him that there is a dead woman's body buried on his property, covered in his blood, and murdered by the paring knife that has gone missing from his kitchen. Thomas is instructed to call the number he will find in the dead woman's pocket or else the local police will receive an anonymous tip implicating him in the murder. This starts him on a journey into his own personal hell as he finds that his tormenter is actually someone from his own past--someone who has grand plans to develop Thomas' "potential." Freshman novelist Crouch, a Thomas Harris wanna-be, has created a villain who strives to be Hannibal Lector but more closely resembles one of the maniacs from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. That film's popularity, however, should be indication enough that there is a ready audience for graphic gore, sadistic torture, and homicidal psychopaths. Michael Gannon
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Ich konnte mich aus gewissen familiären Gründen gut in den Hauptcharakter hineinversetzten (meine nicht von der Brutalität sondern von ...wie schreib ich das ohne Spoiler...sagen wir mal nicht nur für mich alleine bestimmten Geburtstag). Auf jeden Fall gibt der Autor seinem Agonisten eine gute Hintergrundgeschichte. Die Spannung lässt etwas nach in der Mitte, aber alles in allem ein gutes Thrillerbuch.
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man sollte auch die Kritiken auf der Website lesen!! Gibt doch ein vollständigeres Bild, statt der einen verirrten Meinungsäußerung hier! Wenn es dem einen oder anderen zu spannend sein sollte, gibt es ja noch andere Autoren. Es ist ein bisserl wie beim Mexikaner - erst das extra scharfe Gericht raussuchen und sich dann über die Chilis beschweren.
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Es ist eine irgendwie unwahrscheinliche und geradezu krankhaft grausame Story.
Ich glaube nicht, dass ich noch weitere Bücher dieses Authors lesen werde.

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Sick Disgusting Violence. 7. September 2015
Von Matt Hannigan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Heads Up: “Desert Places” contains sick and demented violence against women and children, described in granular detail. I feel that books of this sort should contain that sort of warning. If I had known where the book was going, I would not have read it.
Disclosure: I’m neither a fan of, nor expert on, the “slasher” genre, so I’m not familiar with it. Perhaps I should have known because DP is described as a novel of “Terror” and as a “Thriller”. But, I did not see it coming, and that sort of content is disgusting to me (no offense to those who dig it).
I first read Blake Crouch when I read the “Wayward Pines” trilogy. Excellent books. I loved them. Mr. Crouch knows how to tell a story, how to keep you totally interested. He also does a great job of inventing an impossible situation, and then perfectly resolving it. In that sense, he reminds me of Joseph Conrad. I next read “Snowbound” and thoroughly enjoyed that book.
My apologies in advance if I did not do enough advance research on the author/genre. I’m interested in more Blake Crouch books, because he has the writer’s talent of engrossing the reader in the story. But I will look for some sort of heads up if they contain DP type violence.
4.0 von 5 Sternen If you like non-supernatural horror 6. Juli 2017
Von Vincent Miskell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Blake Crouch knows how to write a novel full of suspense and surprises, but Desert Places is also a novel of terror, not just suspense. And it has several quite gruesome scenes. If you like non-supernatural horror, this novel is for you. The first-person narrator is himself a successful writer of dark serial-killer novels, but he is about to miss a book tour for the first time. Why only 4 stars when my review sounds like 5? Because I just read The Rosie Project and All Our Wrong Todays, extraordinary novels that deserve 6 stars--and because Blake Crouch's own Dark Matter is also a 5-star novel, and therefore, Desert Places places behind them.
2.0 von 5 Sternen Nice pace and high suspense; Some elements conveniently placed to link pieces (e.g., the cowboy); shows poor story telling. 19. Juni 2017
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My first reaction to this novel was that a lot of the story line is taken straight out of Koontz's Velocity. The character in mid-30's is a writer, receives notes with instructions leading to bad endings, etc. My second complaint with this book is, unlike Crouch's other books (and he is a talented writer), some premises in this book were not well fleshed out. Two examples come to mind (SPOILER ALERT -- DO NOT READ FURTHER) (1) For a conman so secretive that no one can know his identity, a cowboy who sells him land conveniently knows his name and spills it to the protagonist when he meets him outside the cabin, which leads to point 2: (2) In a cabin meant and chosen for no one to be found by, the cowboy easily comes in close vicinity two times, once to spill the name, and secondly to check up & help when the protagonist is about to be killed. This was poorly thought out. After reading all the novel, the reader goes WTH, that was convenient!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not my cuppa tea... 16. September 2015
Von begorra - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Not my cuppa tea. I love a good mystery/adventure and have been reading that type for a good many years. My own feeling is that this novel depends too heavily on gore - yes, there is what could be an excellent story line and could have been developed with a little less emphasis on the gory, GORY details. It's a little like reading an instructional manual written by a head torturer. I'm sure there is a market for this but I'm not in that queue. As an afterthought - Blake Crouch does write well - my own fault as I did read a bit before I bought it and it seemed like it would be very good but then it got a little too much and I put the book down
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4.0 von 5 Sternen What could possibly induce YOU to become a killer? 6. März 2011
Von Cheryl Stout - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I read this book when it first came out and I remember being stunned:
1. that this was a first novel; and
2. that it was so graphically violent - my visceral reaction was to lock my doors because Crouch wrote about the evil and inhumanity of man so convincingly.

I just finished reading some other of Crouch's books and realized that the story started in "Desert Places" had been continued in LOCKED DOORS: A Novel of Terror (Andrew Z. Thomas Thriller) and BREAK YOU: A Novella of Terror (Andrew Z. Thomas Thriller). So I reread it again on my Kindle this time and realized some other things:
1. Crouch even with his first book was one heck of a researcher - about flora, fauna, locales. The facts are right in this book (and all the others I've read).
2. Even after a few years have passed, the serial killers in this book - Orson and Luther - are the epitome of evil.
3. Crouch, even with this first book, was one heck of a good writer and wordsmith.

NOTE: I am not saying that Crouch's books are for everyone. This one, like his others, is violent, bloody, full of difficult situations, frightening.
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