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In the Dark

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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  2,797 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Nothing much happens to Jane Kerry, a young librarian. Then one day Jane finds an envelope containing a fifty-dollar bill and a note instructing her to "Look homeward, angel." Jane pulls a copy of the Thomas Wolfe novel of that title off the shelf and finds a second envelope. This one contains a hundred-dollar bill and another clue. Both are signed, "MOG (Master of Games). ...more
Paperback, 503 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Leisure Books (first published January 1st 1994)
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Addy
Wow, this book was just so damn entertaining!It never really slowed down for me. If it wasn't so long, I could've read it in a single sitting time permitting of course. The characters were a little unbelievable but like able. I really enjoyed the concept of a master of games sending poor Jane around doing stupid and dangerous tasks for money. Makes me think if I would've played the game. Maybe...lol. Being able to be in jane's mind and see her every move was fun. There were some crazy moments an ...more
Kristen
So you’re a loner type who has let your figure go a bit flabby while you work at the local library. Suddenly one day you find an envelope with your name on it sitting on your chair. You open it to find a clue, much like a scavenger hunt and a fifty dollar bill. What do you do? Why you develop a penchant for culottes, stick a malfunctioning switchblade in the breast pocket of your blouse and start hunting for the next clue… of course you need to find a token hot guy that can actually answer all o ...more
Katie
Bullshit!....bullshit. I'm not even going to finish this book. I'm to chapter 18 and I'm just done. And personally I'm pretty pissed off at this book because it started off so awesome! I couldn't put it down. The characters were extremely likeable, it was funny yet thrilling at the same time, then it just got stupid. Or rather the main character just got stupid, completely brain dead more like.
Anyone who has read this please tell me one good reason why, after what happened in the graveyard woul
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Katy
I just LOVED this Laymon book - I couldn't put it down! It was, let's be honest, extremely disturbing, and as with many of his other books I at times questioned my psychological state for enjoying it, but his writing style was so sublime and this story such a unique idea (at least I've never seen anything else like it before or since) that I couldn't help but be impressed by the sheer audacity of it - I can't really outline it without creating spoilers, but trust me -if you are a horror fan, you ...more
Shaun Horton
Richard Laymon may be a great writer of horror books, but it's not this one. It's not great horror, or a great book in general. Honestly, even if you're looking for mindless entertainment, you can do better than this.

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Rade
So you got Jane, a librarian who one day finds an envelope with her name on it. Inside of it are few sentences inviting her to play a game from a person called MOG (Master of Games). In the first letter was $50 bucks and it keeps increasing as she goes from one location to the next. Most of the challenges revolve around her figuring out places in the town where the story takes place.

The challenges get progressively harder and/or dangerous but she keeps at it because the money is enticing. I do
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Justin
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Dora
Young librarian Jane finds a note addressed to her on her chair at work one night. Inside? A fifty dollar bill and the promise of more if she follows the clues. What starts out as a scavenger hunt turns into a deadly test of wills and morals as Jane finds herself doing more dangerous (and depraved) things for the promise of bigger and bigger payouts. This, then, is "The Dark", another in the long series of completely ridiculous horror novels from inexplicably popular author Richard Laymon.

Mind y
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Kevin Groosalugg
I don't know how to feel about this book. It's my first Richard Laymon novel, and I wonder how he's written 30 books before this and still manages to write like an amateur. It's like a college professor told him to be more descriptive so he decided to rehash the same descriptions of mundane objects over and over again and triple the size of the book. The plot is pretty straightforward: A woman finds an envelope with a note sending her on a quest, when she completes the quest she gets money and a ...more
Chris
Laymon does it again! I almost don't want to read any other books these days because of how bland they seem in light of a Laymon novel. He simply knows how to build suspense, create interesting characters, and throw in elements of total surprise.

As the plot unfolds you may find yourself disbelieving some of the character's actions, but just hang in there. The ending, as usual, is priceless!

This was one of Laymon's thicker books that you can tell he took a little more time writing than usual. The
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Andy
Mild-mannered small town librarian Jane finds an envelope at work containing $50 and a note promising further instructions and larger prizes if she only follows the rules of "the game". Each new note leads Jane to test her limits for adventure, romance and depravity as she tries to figure out the identity of MOG (Master of Games).

In the Dark starts as a very intriguing slow burn, and wow, what a wild ride that last 25% was! Also, this book likely holds the records for the most shower scenes and
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Hatchetgabby
Fantastic if it's not my favorite Laymon book it's deffinately in the top two,only con is i wish he'd given a little more background info on the villan.
Tanja Berg
Dowdy librarian Jane receives an envelope with her name on it, containing 50 dollars and note with instructions. The note is signed "MOG" - master of games. The first few things Jane has to do are easy enough, but the game soon turns more sinister. The reward increases steeply. Soon dowdy-Jane is a trim, sleek, single-minded woman.

The premise is interesting enough. Particularly when Jane is still trying to figure out the note of where she is to turn up next time. However, when the stakes are ra
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Rei
Own it, love it, read it loads. It does its job, it's full of suspense and excellence and has his trademark writing style on it. As an amateur author myself, Richard Laymon was my first inspiration into the world of writing and I will always hold his work in high esteem. Laymon happens to be my favorite author of all time and I have yet to discover a book by him that I REALLY can't stand.

In the Dark, read whilst I was in France and I just randomly plucked it off the bookshelf, I'm glad I did. I
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Butterblume
Eines Tages erhält die junge Bibliothekarin Jane einen Fünfzig-Dollar-Schein und die Aufforderung, sich an einem ominösen „Spiel“ zu beteiligen: Wenn sie jeweils mitternachts eine bestimmte Aufgabe löst, dann verdoppelt sich ihre Belohnung. Sie macht mit. Die ersten Aufgaben sind noch leicht, doch sie werden härter – bis es kein Zurück mehr gibt: Das „Spiel“ artet zu reinstem Terror aus ....
Ich habe dieses Buch an einem Aben durchgelesen ich konnte es nicht mehr aus der Hand legen,es war spannen
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Adam
Having recently watched 13 Sins, I was really excited for the novel. The movie is an awful thriller based on a Thai film, and they both seem to have been lifted from here.

Spent the whole book trying to figure out who MOG was, and obviously failed. I really enjoyed the changes our librarian goes through as each task becomes more freeing and empowering, to an extent. I'm not the most versed in horror, but it seems she's a bit over sexualized a lot of the way. What would you do for $x is always int
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William M.
I read this in 3 days and it was hard to put down each night. What a great hook! I can honestly say I had a smile on my face for most of the book... it's that much fun. Granted, it might offend a lot of people with it's graphic descriptions and adult scenes, but if it's horror you want, it's horror you will get. Laymon doesn't ramble on and on like Stephen King. He gets right to the point and brings on the violence and suspense.
Mylene
My favorite Laymon book. This was the story that got me into Laymon in the first place. No one writes like him and I'm so sorry I have read almost all his published works! If you haven't read Laymon before, start with this novel. It is great fun... Mystery, adventure,thriller, romance, and good, gory, weird horror! You won't be able to put the book down. Enjoy!!!!!
Kathy Taylor
I really wish the rating system gave 1/2 stars because I would have given this book 3.5 stars.
This was my first Richard Laymon book. While I liked the book, I can't say that I really liked it. This is mainly because of his portrayal of the main character, who is female, throughout 3/4 of the book. The last 1/4 of the book he makes up for it and she finally uses her brain. In spite of this, he is quite a good writer. He's not overly descriptive, keeps you interested, and doesn't over-word things
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Nerdish Mum
I really need to get back to reading books on my reading challenge lists and stop getting distracted by ALL THE BOOKS. So on both the PopSugar reading challenge and the BookRiot read harder challenge, there is a topic for "a book recommended by a friend" and the book I was recommended to by the hubby (he counts as a friend right?) was In The Dark by Richard Laymon.

Since meeting my hubby I've read quite a few Richard Laymon books as he is one of his favourite authors, this isn't one of them thoug
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Erin
I hated and despised the first and only book I've read by Laymon The Island. I couldn't remember why this was on my TBR list, but then I realized it involves a person involving a young librarian in a very twisted, but financially lucrative, game - I'm a sucker for any books involving games, scavenger hunts and puzzles so I decided to give Laymon one more try.

The book was 3.5 stars, primarily because it was quite a page turner and the game was delightfully devious and fairly clever. My problem wi
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BecksBookPicks
Jane is the main character in this book. She is a librarian and on day she find an envelope on her chair. She open the envelope to find $50 and a letter from Master of the Game, AKA, MOG. In the envelope she gets a clue as the where to find the next envelope is. Upon finding the next one, she gets her money doubled. At this point, she is hooked. Who wouldn't be, if all they had to do was follow the clue and your money gets doubled. However, each clue brings her to more and more dangerous situati ...more
Jeremy
Oct 29, 2007 Jeremy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: King & Koontz fans
This was literally one of those books I couldn't put down. This was my first time reading Richard Laymon and I was pleasantly surprised. There wasn't really anything groundbreaking or outstanding with "In The Dark", but he DID manage to keep the suspense pretty solid throughout.

I particularly enjoyed the way he made the protagonist "psych" herself out. The way he did it upped the "creepy" factor by making the reader aware of all kinds of dark possibilities.

My only complaint is the ending...And w
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♥ Marlene♥
Finished this book last night. Wow what a difference with the last book I read. This one I could not stop reading and it kept me thinking about it even when I could not read.

My dad gave me about 5 books by Richard Laymon. This is the first book I have read by him and I loved it. So original. I love the toughness, the gore, the sex. lol. Okay sometimes the story was a a bit like "A girl would never do that, but all in all I really loved reading it.

I picked this book because it had the best revie
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Ashley James
Really enjoyed this book having had a little break from Laymon books this book has reminded me that Laymon is a unique writer and is my absolute favourite author I just wish he had published even more more novels I am almost dreading getting through all his book as I hate the thought of knowing that I have read everything of his this book is similar to a lot of his others almost from the first page im sucked in and constantly on edge as knowing laymon as I do I know that no characters are safe h ...more
Justin
Okay, so while this isn't exactly high art, it's extremely entertaining. Full of violence, gore, sexploitation. It's just the kind of thrilling schlock I look forward to when reading Laymon. This isn't for the faint of heart, and for the person expecting rational thinking. The characters often do stupid things, that lead them into very bad situations, but the situations are so breath taking it doesn't matter. You'll be ripping through the pages and before you know it the book is over. I highly r ...more
Christopher
Aug 06, 2012 Christopher rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: masochists, people who miss 90s mass market paperbacks
Quite simply, awful. From the characters (who act like no one you've ever met) to the plot (which beggars belief on a scale so large, it becomes a chore to give a toss what's coming next) to the writing (which is maybe the most pedestrian noodling I've ever encountered, where literally every action and motion is described in brain-meltingly rigorous detail), this is the worst book I've read in awhile. Though, to be fair, I stopped actively reading it about halfway thru and skimmed my way to the ...more
Jenny Lane
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Elusive
‘In The Dark’ is about a librarian, Jane who becomes tangled up in a deadly game organized by a mysterious person known as Master of Games (MOG) after finding an envelope featuring instructions and cash reward. At the library, she meets a man Brace who then joins her on this monetary quest.

Laymon writes in such a way that it’s hard to put down the book. It’s very engrossing coupled with nice short paragraphs and many solo sentences which get the point across quickly and contributes to an easy re
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Lisa Finley
I struggled with the first half of this novel. I felt no connection to the main character, Jane. She was one dimensional and her over-the-top impulsiveness irritated me. The pace at times felt too fast. Jane went from meek, scared of her shadow librarian to someone willing to make the first move with Brace only a few hours after meeting him. The transition between the end of the chapter in which Brace makes her leave the abandoned mortuary and the next chapter was too abrupt. I thought I'd dozed ...more
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Richard Laymon was born in Chicago and grew up in California. He earned a BA in English Literature from Willamette University, Oregon and an MA from Loyola University, Los Angeles. He worked as a schoolteacher, a librarian, and a report writer for a law firm, and was the author of more than thirty acclaimed novels.

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