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New York City police detective Frank Ballaro is returning home one night when he notices a trail of blood on the curb outside his apartment. It leads to an alley from which a naked man races in a frenzy. An oncoming cab ends the man's life, but not before he whispers a last, dying word - atmosphere!

Frank finds a second injured man in the alley. In his hands the man despe
Mass Market Paperback, 348 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Leisure Books (first published July 2002)
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Oct 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
I'm not exactly sure why there are so many low ratings for this book on goodreads. It's not the most original or creative piece of fiction, but I certainly found it entertaining. If I can read more than 100 pages of a book in a day (and I did with Atmosphere), that means it certainly has my attention and isn't a slow-going affair.

Sometimes, I think we all just need to step back, take a deep breath, and stop expecting a profound literary experience in every single thing we read. After all, some
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Frank Ballaro ist gerade auf dem Heimweg und geschafft von einem schweren und heftigen Fall, den er als Ermittler beim NYPD gerade abgeschlossen hat. Als er vor seinem Wohnhaus aus dem Auto steigt tritt er zu allem Überfluss auch noch in eine Pfütze. Er ärgert sich darüber, bis er feststellt, dass diese Pfütze nicht aus Wasser besteht. Ein blutiger Rinnsaal fließt den Bordstein entlang und sofort werden seine Polizistengene geweckt. Er folgt
Robert Beveridge
Jan 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Michael Laimo, Atmosphere (Leisure, 2002)

The first hundred fifty or so pages of Michael Laimo's debut novel are your typical kidnapping-murder-mystery with a twist, nothing we haven't seen before, with somewhat subpar writing thrown into the mix. There were a few times I'd have been flirting with just not finishing it at all, were not the pace so quick. But it hits critical mass, and suddenly becomes one of the finest premises in a thriller in recent years. Almost enough to forgive the subpar wr
Adam Wilson
Oct 28, 2011 rated it liked it
When I have a lot of homework to do, a lot of tests to study for, or a lot of family-related gatherings to attend, I usually read a book to distract myself from the

consequences of not doing what I should be doing. Atmosphere by Michael Laimo is not a very good guilt-reliever. It is a fun little read with a pleasant mixture of

horror, police procedure, and historical science fiction without the historical, but it does not do that much for your brain. In other words, it is not complex,

Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this. I found the way people acted to be unrealistic, the whole thing didn't really come together right, and all horror novels are far fetched, but this one just seemed especially unrealistic, with people acting in ways I don 't think they'd act in real life. The main character accepted the crazy premise of aliens far too easily, he also wasn't very likable, and the writing wasn't that good. Maybe three starts if I'm generous.
Dec 14, 2008 rated it liked it
A slightly better than average tale of alien invasion of planet earth.
I really liked the protagonist but had some problems with the way the
ending was.
John Bruni
Feb 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Kind of disappointing. His short fiction is much better.
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Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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very good book ...had a hard time putting it down
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His short fiction has found its way into the pages of A WALK ON THE DARKSIDE, LOST ON THE DARKSIDE, HOT BLOOD XII: STRANGE BEDFELLOWS, SURREAL MAGAZINE, INHUMAN MAGAZINE, plus many more anthologies and magazines. He has three short story collections, including t
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