Dunston Falls Hardcover – Mar 2008
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
If you enjoy good grammar, the second part of this book will make you want to rip your hair out. The first misspelling of "skull" as "scull" could have been passed off as a typo -- it happens. The fourth occurrence.....not so much. And when one of the characters is affected by a psychological disorder -- let's just say that the author should have researched it in the DSM before including it in his book.
Also (and this may be because my attention was diverted by "sculls" and other grammatical inanity) I never did quite figure out who the killer was -- but, by that point, I was just trying to hurry up and finish the thing so I could archive it off my Kindle.
If the second half of the book had measured up to the first half, it would have been an enjoyable, worthwhile read. As it was, I think I just wasted my entire evening, and I should have done the laundry instead.