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Black River Falls

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Who would want to kill a beautiful young woman like Alison...and why? But whatever happened, nineteen-year-old Ben swore that he would protect her. It hadn't been easy for Ben--the boy the other kids always picked on. But then Ben found Alison and at last things were going his way...

Until one day he learned a secret so ugly that his entire life was changed forever. A secre
Paperback, 345 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Leisure Books (first published 1996)
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Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very solid thriller from the much missed leisure publishers. Ed Gorman's writing style reminds me a lot of Richard Laymon sans T&A and horny teens and all that other gloriously Laymon trademarks, the writing style itself though, the sparseness of the prose, the pacing, very easy and quick and accesible read. Also, one has to admire the author who's not afraid to kill off major characters mid story to advance the plot. I've read Gorman before ages ago and liked him then and he stil ...more
Jeff Dickison
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad little mystery-thriller, but a violent little sucker. I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. I like Gorman so I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Murderous insanity skips a generation and causes no end of trouble for the brother and mother of the bad guy. Lots of twists, but Gorman doesn't really come up with a happy ending. The happy ending provided by the book didn't ring true. Recommended only to Gorman fans.
Nancy Silk
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Cunning Villain Thriller"

In this tense, thrilling novel, young Alison's life becomes threatened after her college roommate has been murdered. Her best friend during college is Ben Tyler, raised by his single mom, and handsome, arrogant brother, Michael. Though Ben had been victimized by many bullies while growing up, he has sworn to protect Alison. Things go well until Ben learns of a secret that may destroy everyone he loves. This is a thrilling mystery with a great story line. However, the
This was the first book I've read by Ed Gorman. It was pretty good. It seemed a tad long for its subject matter, but the last 50 or so pages are very suspenseful. There are some great twists towards the end. Not the greatest suspense I've read, but definitely well done. I'll check out more books by Gorman in the future.
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Edward Joseph Gorman was born on November 2, 1941 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He spent 20 years in the advertising industry before leaving to write full-time in 1984. Since then, he has been incredibly prolific, averaging 2-3 novels a year in addition to many short stories, editing anthologies, and founding and editing Mystery Scene, the new magazine of the mystery field. He has written in many genres, ...more
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