• The Fog Seller

  • A San Francisco Mystery
  • By: Don Daglow
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 01-11-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sausalito Media LLC
  • 4.4 (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of four major indie publishing gold medals, 2016-17.
From the creator of the Emmy Award-winning Neverwinter Nights, a novel with a unique hero, an unlikely love story, and more twists than San Francisco's Lombard Street.
It's not cozy but it's intimate. It's not procedural but it makes you think, which is why it's been honored both as a mystery and as literary fiction. Its influences range from Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep to the Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.
"Compelling, mysterious, tender and moving...." - IndieReader, March 2017
"Rating: 9/10. The intricate plot is ingeniously executed so that all pieces of the puzzle fit together.... Twists and turns that at first appear questionable end up working perfectly.... The prose is top notch.... The book's distinctively original structure moves the story along briskly...." - The BookLife Prize, Publishers Weekly, September 2017
Assassinated: The crusading politician who saved hundreds of San Francisco homes from the bulldozers of a big developer.
Accused: A mysterious young loner who speaks his own unique dialect of English and refuses to answer questions.
Unexpected: A woman who will risk her promising future for a man without a past.
When teacher turned deckhand Steve Ondelle is framed for the killing of a San Francisco supervisor, he tumbles into a world of billion-dollar deals and bizarre sexual adventures, a world where hard evidence depicts him as a misfit who turns to murder.
To expose these freshly-minted lies, Steve must first make peace with a lifetime of painful truths. He travels from the piers of Sausalito to the penthouses of San Francisco, with unlikely allies like Leonard the Human Statue, Eli of the Coral Reef, The Prophet of Market Street.
And Liam the Fog Seller.
©2015 Don Daglow (P)2018 Don Daglow
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By Ray Johnson on 02-12-18

A well deserved Award Winner of a novel

I had never heard of this book at all, and when the opportunity came for me to listen to it I was surprised to see how many awards it had won, and deservedly so. This tale is meticuously crafted, perfectly plotted, and peppered with realistic and interesting characters.This is more than a mystery. It is a journey into the amazing mind of Don Daglow, and it is one that will make you feel everything that Steve, the MC, is going through.

Steve, the protagonist, just wants to lead a simple life, but suddenly finds himself the suspect of a double homicide. His shipmates decide to help him in his time of troubles, and this is where the story takes off. Questions arise from the typical Whodunnit to simply will Steve's love be requited? Oh, and while it is more than a mystery novel, the mystery is complex and captivating.

Stifel is excellent at drawing you in and holding your attention once he has you. He really makes you believe that he is each individual character, and that the events are really occuring in real time. He elevates an already amazing novel.

Fog Seller is just fabulous, and you will lament that your time with Steve and his crew is over. You will miss them and wish there was more to this story.

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By Ron Phillips on 02-12-18

Not your typical murder mystery

Any additional comments?

I approached this book expecting a typical murder mystery. To some it may very well be but I found it more of a psychological study/love story using murder to move our protagonist, Steve, through coming to terms with who he is and finding romance. The eclectic cast of supporting characters assisting Steve on his journey of discovery is a group of street performers, a detective, a ferry deck hand, former students, a scientist, Steve's landlady and a baker.

As the murder investigation moves along different people become suspects and the identity of the killer wasn't tipped until late in the novel. The evidence was not strong enough for an immediate arrest and an elaborate "stage play" is designed to trap the killer. This was a unique turn for me and I enjoyed it very much.

I do recommend a listen to this book. I think it is well worth the time.

Mr Stifel handles the multitude of characters well although I found some of the character voices a little emotionless.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the narrator free of charge via Audiobook Boom. I have provided this review voluntarily.

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