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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: GP Putnam And Sons; 1 edition (Nov. 11 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399151397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399151392
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,393,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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>>> NOW THE BLACK MAN screamed No!, now the black man shouted, Get out, motherfucker, and Carp, a big-boy at thirty, felt the explosion behind his eyes. Read the first page
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Kidd novel and I really enjoyed it. Fascinating read on just how vulnerable our computer-based secrets really are. Sandford pulls no punches in slagging politicians and how the wrong information makes or breaks lives. Thought provoking and entertaining characters.
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By Jonie on March 31 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a John Sandford fan, and this is the first in the Kidd series I've read. I prefer the Prey series, which is written in a tighter, edgier style. This story seemed to drag for me. Kidd, a professional hacker, and his (?) girlfriend LuEllen, a professional burglar, keep trying to chase Carp, a man who killed the master hacker, Bobby. Their chases are bungling and nonsensical. Sandford throws in a weather report everywhere, it seems, and sometimes I wondered if that just wasn't filler to make the book longer. I like the Lucas Davenport character, did not particularly like Kidd. And I don't know why. Maybe I'm just used to a better style of writing, which Sandford incorporates with the Prey series.
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By A Customer on Aug. 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
Of the three great books I've read this summer (Last Juror, Bark of the Dogwood, The Hanged Man's Song) this has been my favorite with "Dogwood" coming in second. Most will recognize Sandford for his "prey series," but few might know that his "Kidd" books are just as great. You don't have to be interested in compuers, hacking, and data mayhem to get into this book--it's well-written and moves so that anyone will find it interesting.
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By A Customer on Aug. 4 2004
Format: Hardcover
Incriminating, tight, suspenseful, and well-done, this action-packed novel has everything for everybody. One of the best things I've read in a long time.
Also would recommend THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD by Jackson McCrae
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Format: Hardcover
This is a very slow moving story, in which criminals (hacker Kidd and his burglar friend LuEllen) are trying to catch another criminal and fail lousy. The other gangsters in the story are politicians; this part is somewhat in sync with Fahrenheit 9/11 with the only contrast that one is a documentary and this one is fiction. I was trying to be entertained by this book, but fell asleep over and over again. The story is very nerve soothing. In case you need a tranquilizer read this book!
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Format: Hardcover
the top with this cyber thriller. Crooks and spies and burglars oh my! There is truly nothing this novel does not have. Starting with a brutal, seemingly senseless murder this book careens us through a sub-world of sleaze and mayhem.
The fascinating fact is that you cannot help but attach yourself to Kidd and LuAnne in their quest for the murderer of Bobby. Bobby who himself was a conundrum..shrewd and secretive.. he held many lives in his hands or rather in his computer.And now that computer itself was gone; floating around perhaps in cyberspace itsef. In the wrong or maybe even the right hands, it could destroy or end other lives.
I loved this book. The narrative is fast-paced and compelling and it is a crime/action scenario. It sling-shots you from one chapter to the next. Very 'today'! Clear in what it has to say and why it has to say it. If you like your heart to speed up and your brain to seek out solutions...read this one. Thanks for a very enjoyable read,JS!
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Format: Hardcover
I finished The Hanged Man's Song last week and remember only enough of it this week to suggest that it's not worth the time. I know everyone loves it, and I gave it a chance after the equally disappointing The Empress File, another Kidd novel, but neither was worth the time and money.
I like John Sandford a lot -- I've read all the Prey novels, including the two starring Clara Rinker twice -- so I picked up the Kidd novels because I read John's novels faster than he can write them. Both were a disappointment. Carl Hiassen's blurbed suggestion that Kidd is "a hero who's impossible to resist" is wrong. And his suggestion that Kidd is "the Travis McGee of microchips" would suggest he can't do comparison studies. I've read all the McGee books at least three times over the decades and the two heroes are nothing alike, nor is the writing.
Sandford causes himself some credibility problems with such stultifying techno-inanities as "The laptop was no lightweight -- it was a desktop replacement model from IBM with maximum RAM, a fat hard drive, built-in CD/DVD burner, three USB ports, a variety of memory-card slots." Omigod, THREE USB PORTS?! This man/machine combo is going to be invincible, assuming he can get his fat hard drive into gear.
Unfortunately, this passage is in a book published in 2004 and it appears on page 3 of my edition, causing a few micro-alarms to go off in my already skeptical brain. It just gets worse on page 42 when Kidd talks about putting the Encyclopedia Britannica on his laptop, where it "sucked up about 1.2 gigs. That means you could put about, uh... -- I did some quick calculation -- something like thirteen Encyclopedia Britannicas on one DVD."
Uh, better slow down, Kidd. My DVDs hold 4.
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By A Customer on May 11 2004
Format: Hardcover
Boy! What doesn't this book have? This Hitchcockian page turner is the fourth in a series and just as good as the previous three. With crooked politicians (redundancy alert), murder, computer hackers, and everything in between, this John Sandford novel does a lot of things, but disappoint is not one of them. A highly recommended and compelling tale. Would also recommend another great Amazon pick: BARK OF THE DOGWOOD by J.T. McCrae.
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