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Shutter Islandby Dennis Lehane
Winner of the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers
When it's too darn hot, open Shutter Island for a thoroughly chilling experience. Lehane describes the book as gothic noir. I'd say it was that, plus intelligent and riveting. Two policemen investigate a disappearance on a remote island psychiatric asylum where nothing is as it seems. It's a great mystery; you'll never guess the ending and you must never reveal it to those you insist read this book.
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The master of the new noir returns with another riveting tale that brilliantly captures our capacity for depravity and deliverance. Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island for the truth. Pray for him. . . . In 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, arrive at Ashcliffe Hospital— a federal institution for the criminally insane— to find an escaped patient. The more they investigate, the more they believe they may actually have been summoned to this small island in Massachusetts s Outer Harbor to discover the true nature of Ashcliffe s treatments. As a storm threatens to strand them, Teddy and Chuck discover they ve stumbled into an evil darker than any nightmare. And the more they learn, the more they fear that someone is trying to drive them insane. Filled with his trademark grit, insight, and compassion, Untitled is sure to take this acclaimed writer to breathtaking heights as it hits bestseller lists nationwide.
"[A]n ending so shocking yet so faithful to what has come before, that it will go down as one of the most aesthetically right resolutions ever written....There is no mystery...about how good this book is; like Mystic River, it's a tour de force." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"After an extraordinarily humane series of neo-noirs, Lehane has produced a brilliantly far-fetched page-turner that's sure to be the most talked-about thriller of the year." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"[A] deft, suspenseful thriller that unfolds with increasing urgency until it delivers a visceral shock in its final moments. When it comes to keeping readers exactly where he wants them, Mr. Lehane offers a bravura demonstration of how it's done." Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"It has the headlong suspense and whopper of a story you would expect in any well-made thriller." Joseph Barbato, USA Today
"Lehane has yet to write a bad book....Shutter Island entertains just fine, but its impact evaporates the minute you turn the last page. (Grade: B)" Daniel Fierman, Entertainment Weekly
"[A]nother blistering page-turner....Lehane throws in one mind-bending plot twist after another in a psychological thriller that will leave readers in suspense right up to the end." Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist
"The ride this novel provides is as good as entertainment gets." The Miami Herald
"Shutter Island is a tremendously satisfying thriller. The suspense is molasses-thick with a plot that will keep you guessing. Lehane doesn't miss a trick. It's a great, fun read, and then there's that ending. You're sure to talk about this one over lunch." Tom Walker, The Denver Post
"If we could bring back Edgar Allan Poe and equip him with today's postmodern bag of tricks, he might give us a tale as unexpected and unsettling as Shutter Island." Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
"The atmosphere is properly dark and moody, and so long as Teddy and Chuck stick to the manhunt and their investigation of Ashecliffe's creepy medical staff, they play their roles with muscle and grace." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"If you're in the mood for mind games, Shutter Island is an engrossing read." Sam Allis, The Boston Globe
"[P]robably Lehane's best book to date....Things reach such a pitch that you don't know whom to believe, which all leads to an ending worthy of Agatha Christie or O. Henry. Highly recommended." Library Journal
"A moody, atmospheric mystery that combines the claustrophobia of an Agatha Christie whodunit with the creepiness of a good Stephen King yarn...good luck putting this one down." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
The New York Times-bestselling tale by the acclaimed author of Mystic River is now in paperback. In 1954, a storm threatens to strand U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels on Shutter Island, home to a federal institution for the criminally insane.
The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this remote and barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades — with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. But then neither is Teddy Daniels.
About the Author
Dennis Lehane is the author of the New York Times bestseller Mystic River; Prayers for Rain; Gone, Baby, Gone; Sacred; Darkness, Take My Hand; and A Drink Before the War, which won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel. A native of Dorchester, Massachusetts, he lives in the Boston area.
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