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The Case of Lucy Bending

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  539 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The #1 master of suspense...Case closed!

In the sun-and-rum-drenched inner circles of Florida's Gold Coast, evil disguises itself as a precocious eight-year-old with unnatural desires---and murderous intentions...

One of Sanders' most provocative bestsellers!

"A master of suspense!"--Washington Post
Paperback, 410 pages
Published July 1st 1983 by Berkley (first published July 1st 1982)
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Apr 01, 2012 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mysteries
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Lucy is eight years old. She is an incredibly sweet and beautiful little girl with a precocious streak. Her worried parents send her to a psychiatrist when she begins to show signs of odd behavior. The psychiatrist searches for the reasons behind young Lucy's seductive and murderous intentions which seem incredibly practiced for an eight year old.

I really enjoyed this book. It delved into the effect that a parent's behavior has on a child's development. I give this book an A+!
Shady Lady
The Case of Lucy Bending is the story of an 8-year-old girl named Lucy. Lucy is not a normal little girl. She has an abnormal sexual obsession with older men. Her parents take her to a psychotherapist to see if he can help her.

This is also a story of sex, betrayal, lust and lies. The characters in this book are so messed up! I’m not sure if even one of them has a grip on reality. They are all too focused on their own lives to see the chaos that is happening around them.

This is a very interestin
Dharia Scarab
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Liz Cee
I decided to reread this book. As a young adult, Lawrence Sanders was one of my favorite authors. His descriptions were beautiful, but at the same time, his plots and characters were exciting.

I found this book has not lost a thing in my eyes. Although there is some un-PC wording, one needs to remember when this book was written some people did still speak like that. These phrases come from characters in the book and were not in the author's description.

Anyhow, this is a vivid portrayal of the up
I read this a really long time ago. I do remember thinking that these adults are really complex and do nothing to help themselves. However I did really enjoy it.
Alex Martin
A novel that has stayed in my memory in spite of having finished it almost 3 decades ago. Made me a fan of Lawrence Sanders.
Marcia Bergeron
I have read about 15 Lawrence Sander's books. This was my least favorite of them all.
Booze drugs and infidelity among the hip set in the beach homes of the 1980's in Florida. from the perspective of a psychologist called in to try and help one of the messed up kids from these relationships.

The author's point may have been to show that wealth and power are no protection from the evil men and women can do when they have no moral compass. I don't believe he did a good enough job of showing how redemtion was rejected so the whole story remains pretty bleak.

I know of no reason why a
I lost most of our Lawrence Sanders collection while moving homes. I can tell you that it is probably the most painful thing that could happen to a book collector.
If I remember correctly, this is the one about the nymphet who got killed by a neighbor. Lawrence Sanders fans out there please refresh my memory.
Joseph Donovan
I gave this book two stars because while its an interesting mystery, as my memory serves me, at the end of the book, theres not anyone of the main characters who is not good or innocent in any way - just left me with a bad taste / bad view of humanity. I know thats not an objective reason for the rating - so sue me!
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The #1 master of suspense...Case closed!In the sun-and-rum-drenched inner circles of Florida's Gold Coast, evil disguises itself as a precocious eight-year-old with unnatural desires---and murderous intentions...
Sonia Gomes
This was a book I read a long time ago but I am still horrified at what terrible legacies we bequeath our children, how our behavior affects our children
Debauchery, dark humor, more sex, alcoholism, pedophilia, lust, infidelity, sun, food , religion- an excellent pool-side light read. Fun, fun, fun
Soft porn masquerading as psychological drama.

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Tightly written, compelling, surprising. Three-dimensional characters. I loved it.
Max Retsky
Strange plot. Read McNally series. So much more fun.
Chandani Saruparia
Boring. Did not liked it much.
As good as I remembered.
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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 his acclaimed Commandment books. Stand-alone ...more
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