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The First Deadly Sin made him a success. The Tenth Commandment made him today's best-selling suspense novelist. Now Lawrence Sanders presents his biggest and best ever: the nonstop thriller about a "Hotel Ripper" stalking New York's nightside with a Swiss Army knife and the retired cop named Edward X. Delaney determined to catch him. Or the killer.
©1981 Lawrence Sanders (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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"Big-time suspense.... a first-rate thriller.... It's as good as you can get." (The New York Times)
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By Joe on 12-01-11

The best book in a fantastic series

Psychological thrillers don't get better than this. The Deadly Sin series always cares deeply about its characters and Sanders takes considerable time making sure they appear as real, breathing human beings. But the third book in the series is a masterpiece by itself. You do not need to be a Sanders fan - or even a previous reader of this series - to enjoy it thoroughly.

Written ten years before Aileen Wuornos embarked in her deadly killing spree, Sanders predicts the first female serial killer in American history and tries to imagine what she might be like. Her descent into madness is fascinating and horrifying to watch, as is the methodical Edward X. Delaney as he chases her.

Though Wuornos was not nearly the type of killer that Sanders creates in the "Hotel Ripper", this is a wonderful, intellectual and satisfying read.

Buy it now. You'll thank me later.

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By Sandra on 02-02-14


I have always been a Lawrence Sanders fan. True to form, he doesn't disappoint in offering this story. Try as I might, I could not help feeling sympathy for the killer. If ever there was a need for psychiatric help, this story screams for it. I love the way Sanders manages to include his teams' efforts in discovering the serial killer by hard work and dedication. Also amusing, is the time spent in enjoying the various appetites of the Captain. (Makes you want to pause and go to the refrigerator.) Still, I could have passed on what I thought to be a little, 'preachy' about the plight of women in this country. (We already knew that.) And, as much as I admire the main character, I don't always agree that everything in life is black and white and no gray areas.

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By Ashley on 12-23-12

Another great Lawrence Sanders/Marc Vietor combo

I have now listened to all the deadly sins and love them. The combination of great writing which is easy to digest in audio format while walking to work, taking train, etc and Marc Vietor narrating is great. I have come to recognize Marc Vietor's voice as the one of Edward X Delaney - he does the part so well. I wish there were more deadly sins..!

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