Eighth Commandment (The Commandment #3)
When the Damaretion, the prized Greek coin from Archibald Havistock's collection, disappears and appraiser Mary Lou "Dunk" Bateson comes under suspicion, Bateson, a cop, and an insurance investigator set out to solve the crime.
(first published January 1st 1986)
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Apr 26, 2012 Monique rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Stayed up way too late with this one twice and finally finished it tonight and it was great, loved it, it catches you with the quirky narrator of over six feet tall Mary Lou Bateson or Dunk and keeps your interest throughout..You know 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 put 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...more
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 t...more
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...more
Sanders has a great sense of hum...more
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
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.
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.
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 b...more
Oct 04, 2010 Barbara VA rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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!
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.
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.
Lawrence Sanders (1920–1998) 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....moreMore about Lawrence Sanders...