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The Eighth Commandment (The Commandment #3)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  845 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
As deliciously dark and wickedly sensual as his famous "Deadly Sin" series, Lawrence Sanders' "Commandment" thrillers have become all-time classics of suspense. In The Eighth Commandment, he exposes a world sparkling with priceless treasures and ancient coins -- as well as blackmail, greed, perversion, and, ultimately, murder..."His best effort". -- People
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 1st 1987 by Berkley (first published 1986)
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Kathryn Flatt
Mar 14, 2013 Kathryn Flatt rated it really liked it
Back in the day, I would buy any paperback I found by Lawrence Sanders. I did a couple of the "Deadly Sins" series, and some of the "Commandment" series as well. This one was good, although not as engrossing as some of his others. One thing that impressed me when I read this, however, was how well a man could write from the point of view of a woman.
Sep 20, 2014 Monique rated it really liked it
Stayed up way too late with this one twice and finally finished it tonight and it was great, loved it as it catches you and intrigues with the quirky narrator tall Mary Lou Bateson or Dunk and keeps your interest throughout..On a side note I found this book in my now dilapidated bookshelf (thanks alot IKEA LOL) so after insisting I read everything I decided to up and read a book I own and this was it--I believe I read it when I was younger but rereading oldies are the best..Okay so back to the ...more
Jessica Lyons
Mar 17, 2012 Jessica Lyons rated it it was ok
I started reading this book years ago and got all the way to the last few chapters but never finished it. I found it again and decided to read it from the beginning because I knew the basic story but I wanted to refresh my memory of the details before I found out who stole to coin. By the time I got a little passed part where I had left off, the story started to get a little boring to me. The build of of the story was great though with all the mysteries, twists, and suspects, but the closer to ...more
Sep 30, 2016 Pamela rated it did not like it
Imagine the worst bits of Archie McNally magically transformed into a female--complete with penchant for berets. Now imagine a very thin plot. On top of that, imagine (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Dick rated it really liked it
Savvy readers of my reviews know that I compile a list of "last lines" (see here) as a counter-punch to my first lines (see here) compendium. Secondly, it helps me remember which books I've read and what I thought about them. That being said, today's latest addition is below.

I sighed and went into the bedroom to phone. I had two calls to make. The first to Al Georgio, telling that estimable man that no, I would not marry him. The second to Jack Smack, telling that flighty tap dancer that yes, I
Jul 10, 2016 Jaime rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2006, general_mystery
This book was not at all what I expected. I’ve never read Lawrence Sanders, and based on the little bit that was on the back of the book I was expecting a more serious whodunit. What I got instead was funny and lighthearted and, most surprising, featured an interesting and endearing female lead character. I hope he’s written more books with Mary Lou Bateson in them, because I really liked her and related to her right away. I didn’t completely agree with the decision she makes at the end of the ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Mary Lou Bateson, otherwise known as "Dunk," has arrived in NY City from Iowa. At six foot two, Dunk's romantic life has been severely lacking, but all of a sudden she finds herself in the midst of a major coin theft, not to mention two lovies subtly admiring this "tall drink of water." Trying to clear her name of the crime, Dunk learns the ins and outs of true detective work, while enjoying the attentions of two very different kinds of men! Decisions! Decisions!

Sanders has a great sense of hum
Barbara VA
One of my favorite "reliable" authors. Sanders is just a joy for me. He has done a few series, stand alones, hard core, agonizing and brutal stories, way out there stuff and then the fun and light stories of Archie McNally. This stand alone is set in New York City and has a female main character, a numismatist. Dunk is thoughtful, caring and is as well equipped to deal with the solving of the stolen coin as the adoration of 2 men. This man knows the city!
Irina slutsky
Jul 26, 2008 Irina slutsky rated it it was ok
another book i got out of the "free books" box at red hill books. not a bad mystery plot and has funny characters (i can see this as a movie) but men like lawrence should NOT try to write as if they understand the inner workings of women. she essentially gets involved with these two guys who she knows for about 15 hours a piece (i counted) and then makes life changing decisions after sleeping with each three times. just stick to the funny characters and the mystery.
Jan 27, 2011 Janet rated it liked it
The first Lawrence Sanders book I ever read was the First Deadly Sin and I was hooked. There was another Deadly Sin book that I really liked as well. Although this book kept me interested enough while I was on the stationary bike at the gym, the ending was a little disappointing. However, if there are more Dunk books, I would read them.
Oct 16, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This is the first Sanders book I have read that did not involve Archy McNally. I was a little concerned that I may not like Sanders' writing, but actually just like the McNally character. Fortunately, that is not the case. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the protagonist (a woman who is called "Dunk") was relatable.
Jul 26, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
A good mystery with a lot of laughter. This author made serious theft and murder with a quirky heroine fun. A good read. This is the first book I read by this author. I will definitely read another.
Olivia Williams
Jan 18, 2014 Olivia Williams rated it really liked it
I liked the characters in this book. I liked how the author created a world that was real. I read this book in five days. It was hard to o-put down because I wanted to know what Dunk was going to do next. And her love life was just as intriguing as the case she was investigating!
May 04, 2010 Rusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lawrence Sanders is one of my favorite mystery authors and I enjoyed this one as much as any of his other mysteries that I have read.
Dec 24, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
When a rare coin vanishes, an appraiser tries to clear her name—and exposes one family's lethal secrets.
Apr 09, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
I've read several of Sanders earlier novels which I enjoy more than is later ones but had not read this one. I enjoyed the unexpected humor, the twist and turns in the plot and the surprise ending.
Dec 30, 2014 Clifford rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
A good read with many story line twists in the first person. Characterization and setting so so, however, enjoyable.
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An entertaining quick read.
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Lawrence Sanders was the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty mystery and suspense novels. The Anderson Tapes, completed when he was fifty years old, received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for best first novel. His prodigious oeuvre encompasses the Edward X. Delaney, Archy McNally, and Timothy Cone series, along with
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