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Dunston Falls [Hardcover]

Al Lamanda

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Book Description

March 2008 Five Star First Edition Mystery
Isolated during a severe winter storm in 1959, the small community of Dunston Falls in northern Maine is completely cut off from the rest of the state. When town residents begin to experience strange occurrences such as unexplained migraines and hallucinations, the stage is set for a brutal killer to begin his handiwork. When Sheriff David Peck investigates the murders of two women, he slowly unravels the secrets behind Dunston Falls. As Peck closes in on the truth that lies in the heart of the town, he finds himself thrown into a dangerous web of deception. In a dramatic twist of circumstance, Peck finds that he is now the hunted and must do whatever he can to stay alive and expose the shocking truth behind the small town.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (March 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594145865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594145865
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g

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From Publishers Weekly

Sheriff David Peck, a former Baltimore homicide detective, faces the biggest challenge of his career when a devastating ice storm paralyzes Dunston Falls, Maine, in Lamanda's suspenseful debut. Peck's efforts to help the isolated town's citizens survive with limited power and supplies get derailed with the discovery of the body of 47-year-old Doris White, who's been stabbed and strangled in her mobile home. Blinding headaches accompanied by haunting images of a fatal fire hamper Peck as he investigates the crime, which proves to be the first in a series of murders. While a closing kicker sheds an unexpected light on the killings, the author's skill at creating tension in his claustrophobic setting suggests the story would have satisfied without this final twist. Echoes of M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense and Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island add to the menacing mood. (Mar.)
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About the Author

Al Lamanda is the author of the mystery novels Dunston Falls, Walking Homeless, Running Homeless, Edgar Award nominated Sunset, and Sunrise. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars HELLO HOLLYWOOD. Nov. 7 2011
By MIKE PETTIT - Published on
Dunstan Falls had this old Southern boy shivering in his red flannels last night..and not from the cold. Mr. Lamanda had me hooked from page one onward. I loved the suspense and how the story kept revealing more and more about the secret within Dunston FAlls.The ending was a smasharoo, not what I expected.
Great character development, good story, super diaslogue.
Al Lamanda keeps pumping these great novels out, and DUNSTON FALLS is right up there with the best of them.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, weak writing, terrible formatting Nov. 6 2011
By Kathleen Valentine - Published on
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I bought this book because the setting captured my interest and I must say that the story itself is very engaging. I liked the lead characters and thought the author's depiction of Maine during a harsh winter ice storm was very atmospheric. The problem is that, despite having a good story to tell, the author needs to learn to write. Both the grammar and the word usage are very poorly executed. Even a love scene early in the book is, quite frankly, tedious. This is a shame because there are good characters and a very intriguing story going on. Ordinarily I would give this 3-stars but the other problem is that the formatting is awful! Lines break in some places and all run together in others. It is sometimes difficult to tell who is speaking because of the confusing formatting.

If the book could be reformatted and given a read by a good editor it could be a nice, enjoyable mystery but, as it is now, the reader has to work harder than they should to get the story.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow June 20 2008
By Linda Flanery - Published on
My title says it all, WOW! As an avid mystery reader, this one really, really, threw me for a loop! I highly recommend this book as a must read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Winston Falls March 13 2014
By Karen Beyl - Published on
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Karen Beyl

Excellent story line with characters who seem very real. Love the location descriptions which definitely fit with the winter of 2014 in the New England area. Was not expecting the ending. Great plot twists from beginning to ending.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Was this book even edited? July 11 2012
By Denise J Thompson - Published on
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This book looked like it was going to be a good read based on the description. The story was fairly good.....good enough to keep me reading to the very end, but the misspellings and grammatical errors had me gritting my teeth all the way through. I thought that the first "scull" (skull) was a typo. It wasn't. The usage of the words affect and effect was incorrect almost every time. The book was not even worth the $1.99 I paid for it.

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