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By John on 03-21-13
Imagine sitting on your grandfather's lap and him reading you a nice bed time (Murder Story) Again I have to give props to a story that can leap a couple of decades and still hold my interest. Marc Vietor is as good as they get. He breathes life into Edward X Delaney, and I feel like I know him. I wish he was my Grandfather. So I don't seem too cold - I barely knew my grandparents =0) It amazes still how detective work was done before ATM camera angles solved every crime. I love the psychology in Lawerence Sander's books. It's a shame that the one bad review is an Oxymoron. Dated and sexist - Uh yeah - If it's dated - It's going to have parts that don't have modern thinking. Here's an update. Slavery was abolished a while ago - But I don't read 'A Time to Kill' and say 'That book was racist' - I just enjoy the story. Jeeeez ussss.
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By karen on 03-21-12
Classic book, way beyond excellent narrator
No question in my mind, the "Deadly Sin" series of Lawrence Sanders ranks right up there with the best of Conan Doyle. Detective fiction just doesn't get any better than this -- innovative plots, interesting characters with enough quirky habits to make them memorable (no one forgets Frances X. Delaney's sandwiches, wet or dry) with clear lines drawn between good and evil. Today, it seems, most fiction writers seem to prefer flawed heroes, men and women battling their own demons. Sanders chose not to create that kind of protagonist, or at least he didn't in this series. While he's no patsy, tough-guy Delaney is refreshing in his steadfast uprightness, his devotion to his family, his honesty and integrity. No character flaws are apparent -- although I suppose in today's world that might constitute a flaw in itself. Still, this kind of completely honorable and admirable character is a delight, at least for a change. No steamy sex scenes, either, something else that's a welcome change. Violence? Some. But not random or gratuitous. What violence there is, is appropriately applied.
But what really puts the "Fourth" installment in the Deadly Sin Audible series over the top in terms of excellence is the narrator, Marc Vietor. This book is loaded with minor characters -- not only a multi-member police squad who work on the crime, but also over a dozen suspects, all of whom are investigated and questioned in depth. They run the gamut of New York -- thugs, professors, psychiatrists, shut-ins, ex-boxers, women, some domineering, some shy, some nosy, plus dockworker, new immigrants, a couple of druggies and a gay or two. In all, they represent every different ethnicity and strata of society. Through it all, Vietor gives each a distinctive voice, so well done that in listening to this book -- more so than just reading it -- you feel as though you're really seeing the character. Every one of them becomes someone you can picture in full detail -- in terms of "theater of the mind", this book is off the scales.
I've read the entire series twice, have listened to them all once, and am now listening to them all again. That is, after all, what you do with classics of this caliber -- enjoy them over and over, even though you know very well who 'did it', and how it will end. Solving the mystery is just one objective in reading the Deadly Sin books -- enjoying the story is quite another.
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