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Back from the Cold War, intelligence officer Keith Landry returns to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio. Twenty-five years after their last encounter, Keith runs into his first love, Annie, now unhappily married to the town's chief of police - an abusive alcoholic. In his efforts to reclaim Annie, Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime.
©1995 Nelson DeMille (P)2010 Hachette Audio
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By Marilyn on 04-26-11

Great book if you like tautness and suspense

I have noticed that a few people have said that there are a lot of stereotypes in the book. That is probably because they don't know people like these .... but I do. Maybe it's age related. I'm one of the Vietnam generation. I have intimately known people like the police chief, much to my regret and many aging hippies who just can't seem to get past how great the old days were and how much the present sucks. If you can related to the characters, for good or ill, this is a very tight, tense, taut and rather scary story. On a personal level, it's almost painful to listen to because it is too close to reality for my taste.

And it IS a matter of taste. I tend to find books this intense actually stressful. I appreciate the art, but not the rise in my blood pressure.

Scott Brick is, as always, a great reader. Nelson DeMille is, as usual, a terrific writer. If cat-and-mouse suspense novels -- where you really don't know what it going to ultimately happen -- are your thing, you will love it. Especially if you were there for the 60s and early 70s as a young adult, you will know these people. You may even be these people. Whether or not you like them is neither here nor there: you WILL recognize them.

It's an excellent book for those who like this genre.

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By Christian on 11-23-10

Excellent entertainment

I read this book as a hardcover when it originally came out in 1995 and loved it. Now I had the pleasure of revisiting it in its audiobook version and was even more enthralled with it. As always with works by Nelson DeMill a well written novel, and a great reading performance by veteran DeMille narrator Scott Brick.

This is a timeless, classic story of a three-way love affair, a thrilling novel that has aged well over the years. When an Ex-Vietnam vet and recently unemployed Government specialist returns to his rural hometown in the Midwest to meet again with his long-lost love of 25 years ago his mission becomes to rescue her from her abusing husband, who happens to also be the almighty town's sheriff. It may be heavy on stereotyping here and there, but it is a thrill to listen to - a somewhat unsual Nelson DeMille novel, but why should they always follow the same formula? Don't miss it!

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