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The True Detective
The True Detective
In the sleepy confines of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Gil Dulac, a small town investigator, broods over a deteriorating city he’s grown to adopt as his own; a once proud city that’s been infested with a sexual pathology that—in its breadth of depravity—is breaking out like a pandemic. Increasingly feeling as if he’s a walking anachronism, Dulac wonders if it all passed him ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 28th 1988 by Avon Books
(first published 1987)
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I stumbled on this book as a recommendation "if you liked this..., then you might like..." The story is about a crime against a child and I don't especially like stories with violence against women or children. So right off the topic was unpleasant. The most important problem I had with the book is the amount of time devoted to exploring the feelings and reactions of the characters including the criminal. I found myself skimming paragraphs more and more as I continued. If you happen to enjoy tha ...more
Dec 22, 2012 Hira rated it 2 of 5 stars
This is probably the first book I could not finish. I say 'could' instead of 'did' because it wasn't my choice. I ALWAYS finish books, no matter how bad they are. In fact, I have this habit of always finishing whatever I start no matter how long it takes. So before this, I've finished all books I ever read, even if they were the worst books ever. This book wasn't the 'worst'. It just wasn't my type. The writing was too plain. And it felt like it was being dragged on. The story seemed interesting ...more
Mar 23, 2014 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Book Fight
A pulp detective story written in a literary style. In an age where these stories are all over cable TV at every hour of the day, this might not age well. I enjoyed reading it, but I found it really upsetting, as I find most crime TV shows.