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City of the Dead by Herbert Lieberman
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This is the BEST book I have ever read. I have reread it more than 10 times since I was a teenager. Why? First, it does in one book what Patricia Cornwell, Susan Hill, and Dennis Lehane can do with all of their books combined. I have read hundreds of crime novels over the years. City of the Dead is the gold standard. There's nothing quite like it. Second, the story changes each time you reread it. Its urban setting breathes down your throat. The emotional undercurrents make you wince. It is intricate and ambitious. It is bleak and morbid. You "change" alongside the characters in the book. Third, this novel made me pick up everything by Lieberman. You might also want to try Crawlspace. Another one of his books, Nightbloom, is also quite good but not as powerful as City of the Dead. What comes close to Herbert Lieberman's artistic swagger is a Thomas Harris with the gritty sensationalist fervor of an Ira Levin. I am saddened by the lack of attention given to this book. There are also reviews on Amazon lamenting the same thing. It's a shame that this masterpiece is not widely celebrated by readers.
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Jennifer So true!


Kristine Muslim :) I'll add you, Jennifer. And you also like Levin and Ramsey Campbell Haha! Kindred spirit.


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