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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Paperback, 604 pages
Published February 16th 1984 by Star (first published August 27th 1982)
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Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An eerie romp of flashbacks and dream sequences set in 1970's Chicago. Black detective John Valjohn is complex and deftly developed. The novel is terrifying as it is satisfying. Vigilantism through masterful writing ability. Bias aside, (the author is my father), Lamia is excellent.

Additionally, on the back an endorsement reads:
"Ol' Tristan Travis or whatever that name is he's signing his stuff with has been an irritating success ever since I met him twenty years ago... at everything from baske
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
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Ill start off by saying i read this book about 17 years ago and decided to re-read it.It certainly wasnt as good as i remember it being.However it was a interesting read.Lots of brutal violence and numerous perversities throughout the book.Its set in 1970's Chicago and is a modern day take on the Lamia mythos.To sum it up in a nutshell without giving away too much a woman with the ability to turn into a Lamia which is basically a type of snake creature is going around killing men who abuse and v ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
A long, somewhat rambling read, but also a book that has stuck with me through the years. A New York cop, whose unique method of clue visualization has gotten him some publicity, is trying to solve a series of terrible and mysterious murders. A young girl grows up in an rural, abusive household. It takes some time to find out what is going on and the author doesn't spell everything out, but eventually everything comes together. Supernatural horror where the supernatural is de-emphasized. ...more
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Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Why is this book so obscure? It's been commended by some very famous authors, including the writer of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. I found it in the second-hand section of a bookshop near to my house and bought it for just 50p, but damn, it's worth more than just that.
That aside, Lamia is a decent thriller/police procedural-type novel with a hint of supernatural horror. Props to Tristan Travis for taking inspiration from a mythical creature that is criminally underused in literature (this i
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