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Slipping Into Darkness

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  450 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
The award-winning, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Intruder" delivers his most gripping thriller yet: A detective investigating a brutal murder discovers an impossible link to a case he closed 20 years before.
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Published February 1st 2007 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1st 2006)
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Eric_W
Jun 10, 2014 Eric_W rated it really liked it
How do you find someone who’s not supposed to exist? That’s the detective’s conundrum.

Francis X Loughlin is losing his sight. He's a cop, and because of the genetically acquired retinitis pigmentosa his future on the force looks bleak. He's always been a loner so this means ever increasing isolation.

Two decades before, Francis had been instrumental in the incarceration of Julian Vega for the murder of a woman. Julian has been released following years of legal appeals he orchestrated, and soon th
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Marissa
Sep 08, 2007 Marissa rated it it was ok
The story had the potential to be intriguing but I couldn't get past the smack-you-upside-the-head symbolism and cute imagery. Also, it's a pet peeve of mine when white middle class authors try to write in AAE or Latino English dialect for their characters of color and wind up, at best, looking ridiculous and clueless and, at worst, horribly insensitive and offensive. Overall, good on the whodunit part and not-so-good on the characterization/dialogue part.
Joe  Noir
Apr 02, 2016 Joe Noir rated it it was amazing
I agree completely with the blurb from Stephen King on the cover: “One of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time”.

In 1983, Detective Francis X. Loughlin famously obtained a confession from a 17 year old male named Julian Vega for the brutal murder of a gorgeous, young, well liked young doctor named Allison Wallis. Vega was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life for murder.

In 2003, Detective Francis X. Loughlin is fairly rapidly going blind from retinitis pigmentosa. He is still worki
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Simpet Soge
Samar-samar dalam ingatan, saya pernah mengikuti kisah yang ini. Entah di sinopsis, film, atau kisah nyata di serial Law n Order, atau justru cuma de ja vu. Entahlah.

Seorang remaja tak bersalah dijatuhi hukuman 20 tahun penjara dengan tuduhan pembunuhan. Ketika mendapat pembebasan di usia 30, ia telah kehilangan segala sesuatu termasuk keluarganya. Dengan sisa keyakinan yang ia miliki, ia coba telusuri kembali kasusnya. Pelaku kejahatan yang sebenarnya pun terungkap dan ia akhirnya memperoleh hi
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Lisa Greer
Oct 29, 2008 Lisa Greer rated it liked it
Ah, I loved 'The Intruder.' So original. So far, this one is not disappointing. If Stephen King says it's the best he's read in a long, long time, I'll take his word...

It is great. I can hardly put it down, but I must. :) Blaunder writes so well. He's one of those authors who always chooses the right verb-- the most interesting one and the best description of his characters. When I read other books alongside his, I'm struck with how "wordy" they are in comparison.

Ok, I'm done with it. It was goo
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Sarah
Apr 08, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
This book told the story of a corrupt cop and an embittered ex-con who had been convicted of something he may or may not have done and then released on a technicality. The 2 protagonists are deeply flawed but somehow you still care about what's going to happen to them. Who really murdered the young woman Dr. who died 20 years ago, and is the same person responsible for the new murder of another doctor under similar circumstances? Police officer Francis is certain that Julian Vega, the person he ...more
Matt Allen
Sep 03, 2014 Matt Allen rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Slipping Into Darkness is a slow-burning story that has its bright spots, but ultimately moved at a little too plodding of a pace.

Blauner creates a compelling storyshell--a possibly wrongly-convicted youth grown up with a life wasted, a eerily similar crime years later, and a detective fighting uncertainty both professionally and physically. It's those elements that kept me with the novel for so long. Blauner has frequent moments of cutting insight to those around the narrative that gives those
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Coral
May 03, 2008 Coral rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I hadn't read anything by Peter Blauner before, so I decided to give this a try. It's an interesting story, but it's fairly obvious early on who the real criminal is. I was disappointed that it was as easy to figure out as it was. Also, as Marissa pointed out, much of the Spanish street talk sounds unnatural, somewhat forced at times. It would have been better to have left it out.
Ana Goulart
Jan 30, 2016 Ana Goulart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gostei imenso deste livro. Está muito bem escrito, transporta-nos para o mundo interior dos personagens, faz-nos sentir os seus dramas e acompanhar as suas razões. Mas, ao mesmo tempo, mantém a dúvida sobre o verdadeiro culpado até ao final.
Janet
Dec 04, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it
Great book if you are into mysteries. Keeps you guessing until the end. A fast read since you don't want to put it down.
Sofia Maia
Sep 15, 2014 Sofia Maia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5*

http://bloguinhasparadise.blogspot.pt...

Depois de algum tempo afastada dos policiais decidi pegar no primeiro livro que viesse à mão da estante dos para ler, para matar saudades deste género literário. Deste modo, não sei se a minha opinião estará enviesada pelo facto de estar cheia de saudades de histórias, que me fazem uma autêntica viciada no som do virar da página.

Julian Veja foi condenado por homicídio, e encontrava-se na prisão há vinte anos, quando um novo crime é realizado, um assass
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Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
1983
Adalah sebuah mimpi buruk bagi Julian 'Hoolian' Vega anak penjaga apartemen, seorang remaja 17 tahun, situasi yang menjebaknya menjadi satu-satunya tersangka pembunuhan terhadap Allison Wallis, seorang dokter anak di bagian Unit Gawat Darurat berusia 27 tahun. Alllison ditemukan tewas secara mengenaskan di apartemennya dengan luka tikam dan bagian wajah hancur, sehingga jenazahnya nyaris tidak bisa dikenali lagi..dan Hoolian pun harus menerima hukuman penjara selama 25 tahun.

20 tahun kemudia
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Kathleen Hagen
Slipping into Darkness, by Peter Blaumer, B-plus, narrated by Michael Kramer, produced by Books on Tape, downloaded from audible.com.

It has been two decades since Detective Francis X. Loughlin solved his first big case, the brutal murder of a woman doctor. The young man convicted of
the killing, Julian Vega, is back on the streets now, released on a technicality after years of appeals. Not long after his release, another murder takes
place, one so similar to that long-ago case that Julian is the f
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Peggy Walker
Feb 04, 2013 Peggy Walker rated it it was ok
I had mixed feelings about this book. The story was good, with enough uncertainty to the mystery, but something about the characters didn't set quite right. I did think that the picture painted of someone released from prison after 20 years trying to find their way in a new world was excellent. All too believable, I'm afraid. No wonder there are so many repeaters in the prison system. I had some trouble with Julian's character. He was 17 years old, with a full college scholarship when he was arr ...more
Menoedh
Aug 20, 2011 Menoedh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My biggest mistake was having a high expectation for this book. Gue pikir buku ini bisa jadi salah satu psychology/thriller yang menarik untuk dibaca karena ngeliat rating buku ini cukup tinggi dan review dari orang-orang yang sebagian besar bilang bahwa endingnya mengejutkan. Well, turns out ngga ada yang spesial dari cerita karakternya, kasusnya, apalagi endingnya. Jalan ceritanya begitu datar sampe gue harus maksa diri gue nyelesein ngebaca buku ini. Untungnya sih menjelang akhir ketika kasus ...more
Nura
Jul 15, 2009 Nura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: because-its-blue
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Craig Faustus Buck
Dec 28, 2015 Craig Faustus Buck rated it liked it
If I could give it 3.5 stars, I would. from another writer it might even get 4. But in the universe of Peter Blauner books, Slipping into Darkness seems a little less surprising and original. Still, the writing is top notch and the incipient blindness is a well integrated arc. A very good read, if not a great one.
Barbara
Nov 28, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Tight writing, great character development. Is Julian guilty? Why are we bringing this twenty year old murder back to the courts? How long do we pay for our sins? This book read quickly and I did not want to put it down.
Yang Tiono
Aug 27, 2014 Yang Tiono rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clever and interesting books. The plot a little boring at first. But, it got more interesting till the end. If you like, a novel mystery, i recommend this for you. Happy reading :D
Nancy Magee
Aug 01, 2014 Nancy Magee rated it really liked it
A new favorite author. I don't think he has written that much, but this is the second book of his I have read and like both of them.
Jeff Walters
Jul 03, 2013 Jeff Walters rated it it was amazing
Man, I feel like this book is criminally underrated. I absolutely loved it. One of the best books I've read in such a long time (and no less than Stephen King said the exact same thing about this book). Such a fantastic hook (was the wrong guy sent away for a crime that was committed 20 years ago?), the characters sizzle (we follow the guy who'd been locked up after he's released from jail and is trying to reacquaint himself with the outside world, and follow the main cop of the novel as he slow ...more
Robert Canyock
May 31, 2015 Robert Canyock rated it really liked it
Great plot. Very well written with many twists and turns.
Wendy
Mar 14, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it
Great read ! Who's the bad guy ? Loved that I loved the good and the bad guy ! Very different !
Samuel Tomé
Sep 20, 2014 Samuel Tomé rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ler tudo em:
http://aminhaleituras.blogspot.pt/201...

"Este é um livro que nos faz refletir sobre o custo de querer ser um profissional (ou dar essa imagem), passando por cima de procedimentos, legais ou não, de outras pessoas e do seu bem-estar. Um bom nível de ação, a descoberta interior dos dois protagonistas (o inspetor e o putativo criminoso), adensa a trama. Não é o livro que nos faz perder o fôlego, contudo, desperta a curiosidade e vontade de o levar até ao fim."
Cleide
Mar 01, 2014 Cleide rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was thrilling...
Muhammad Ridha Ar-Rasyid
I think this book has a lot plot twist, and damn! I really like it.
Ruri Alifia Ramadhani
banyak kosakata baru yang aku dapet dari sini. ceritanya standart ya, kayak novel investigasi gitu. alur lambat detail yang dikasih merinci sekali. tapi twisted akhirnya saya suka! meskipun eksekusi ending kurang... 'wah' menurutku. Karena harusnya pembaca masih bisa dikagetkan dengan fakta bahwa si pembunuh yang sebenarnya dengan aksi-aksi lain.
kalau mau baca buku ini, pilih waktu yang bener-bener senggang ya biar ngabisinnya cepet dan langsung paham :D
Shonna Froebel
Jan 19, 2014 Shonna Froebel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Intriguing idea, well worked out.
Lisa
Aug 10, 2007 Lisa rated it liked it
For fans of forensic suspense fiction: Peter Blauner's latest book, Slipping into Darkness (FIC BLA), takes a hard look at what happens when a person may have been unjustly imprisoned. Set in New York City, the book's tone is dark and intriguing, with imperfect and interesting protagonist and antagonist characters who are both set on finding the truth. —LG
Nur'aini Tri Wahyuni
sangat berharap bulan ini sy bisa ngasih lima bintang ke semua buku yang saya baca, dan jujur buku ini begitu menggugah selera.

tapi terus, huhu. iyaa, sih, twitsnya indah tapi pembukaannya mutermuter dan banyak hal yang ga penting yang srharusnya ga usah di tulis sih menurut wa. heee.
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Peter Blauner (b. 1959) has spent nearly his entire life in New York City. After graduating from Wesleyan University he took a staff job at New York magazine, where he found the inspiration for his first book, the Edgar award–winning Slow Motion Riot, in the men and women who work in the city's probation department. Since then, he has written five more novels: Casino Moon, the New York Times bests ...more
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