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GERBAM, January 1, 2009 (view all comments by GERBAM)
As a book reviewer I take great pleasure when I can write glowing compliments about a piece of fiction when I am reading strictly for pleasure. This novel is a study of two men with hidden agendas who play-act behind their masks in order to keep their secrets. At times they themselves get so lost within their interior labyrinths they themselves don't know exactly what is happening or why. What could have become an ordinary psychological suspense novel is catapulted to a literary work due to its prose style and sensitive insights into the psyche's of two flawed characters.
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lipovsky, December 29, 2008 (view all comments by lipovsky)
Some books cannot be put down when the end is near. This book cannot be put down from the beginning and is a psychological thriller that twists and turns and keeps the reader literally unable to stop reading because you NEED to know what happens next.

This is a medium to medium-dark novel and would be great for both male and female readers. I hope he has another novel in the works!
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Wilson, Andrew
Washington Square Press
Suspense fiction
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Patricia Highsmith, the subject of British journalist Wilson's acclaimed biography Beautiful Shadow, would be delighted by this standout debut novel, which heralds a major new talent in the psychological thriller genre. After a tutoring job in Venice falls through, aspiring novelist Adam Woods appears to luck into the perfect position there — as personal assistant to the reclusive Gordon Crace, an acclaimed writer whose life is shrouded in mystery and who's published only one novel. Crace, who's locked himself away from the glories of his chosen city, insists Woods abide by a set of strict rules, including not mentioning Crace's literary success. In clearing out the author's mess of a study, Woods finds two letters that hint at a dark secret in Crace's past, and begins to discreetly probe his employer's past, with calamitous results. Wilson brilliantly and subtly introduces doubt in the reader as to Woods's reliability and character before delivering some potent final plot twists. Fans of classic Hitchcock will be richly rewarded." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A mouldering Venetian palazzo, a decaying old man and an unscrupulous young writer. Corruption, seduction and a notable lack of guilt. A story as rank and rich as the city it is set in."
"Review" by , "Wilson, a first novelist, clearly enjoys a good wink....He fashions his twisted tale with assurance and artistry, and although we may not particularly like any of his characters, we're still dying to know what happens to them."
"Review" by , "In genre fiction, the gold standard isn't always measured by originality and there are times when a familiar plot can comfort and delight....[A] romantic suspense story that's no less enthralling for being a bit quaint."
"Review" by , "Wilson overthinks the hectic denouement, but getting there offers the same skin-crawling pleasure that Highsmith knew how to deliver so well. (Grade: B+)"
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