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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (Nov. 26 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440237513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440237518
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 9.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,674,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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You've already read the plot reports, so I needn't repeat them. I'd rather advise you to put this on the top of your reading pile. Barbara Fister is a writer to watch. She will soon be at the top of the charts. Be the first on your block to discover her. Her protag, Slovo, is one of a kind-a refreshing consideration these days when beleagured cops seem to be so popular. Slovo is real-his baggage is genuine and he takes us on a great ride as he fights to keep his head straight. Val McDermid is one of my favorite authors-she still is-but now Barbara Fister is nudging her over.
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By sleeping sheepsnake on Jan. 31 2003
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I found it very difficult to decide how much I like this mystery. In the end, I settle for a compromise. The book has plusses: the plot is always marching forward, and not going in circles as even some classic whodunits are known to do; the protagonist, Konstantin Slovo, is so angry and impulsive he becomes a most fault-ridden hero whom it is nevertheless impossible to dislike; the book, if all else doesn't work for you, lives up to its title: The whole story is on edge. There is nothing of a non-edgy disposition on any page, unless you count Slovo's romantic downtime with Ruth, who is then quickly on edge when she finds out a distressing secret Slovo has been keeping.
So the book's greatest strength is that which is most likely to turn off many readers. It is disturbing and at times disgusting, as Slovo attempts to stop a child-murderer in Brimsport, Maine. Brace for awful descriptions of the victims' remains--though it's fair to say that the horrid nature of the deaths, and how the young victims' bodies are left, is not really presented in a gratuitous manner. And there is no actual depiction of a murder; but like in the movie Seven, it's what the local cops, the FBI, and Slovo find after the fact. The narrative also repeats descriptions of the dead a few times, as photos are mulled over, facts are reviewed, and suspects are questioned. So the sickening flavour of the story, at times, merely comes from the same gruesome details being mentioned over and over, where it concerns the three dead children.
The living population of Brimsport, at least the ones Slovo comes into contact with as he tries to prevent the impending death of a fourth child, are enough to set the rest of the narrative on edge.
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By A Customer on Jan. 18 2003
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In detective Konstantin Slovo, Barbara Fister has created an interesting off-center character, one whom I hope will appear in sequels. One of the joys of reading mysteries is that of observing someone who thinks differently from the way we usually do, in a way that inspires us to want to observe things more carefully (a la Sherlock Holmes) or to perceive human motivations less naively--and more realistically--than we customarily do (a la any of the hardboiled private eyes). Detective Slovo offers what I found to be a fascinating variation: he has an ability, displayed repeatedly, to adapt himself to the worldviews and emotional concerns and priorities of the people surrounding him, the better to draw out from them, as a kindred spirit, information they'd never volunteer to anyone who wasn't immediately perceived as being on their own psychological wavelength. (I wish I were as articulate in describing this as Fister is in demonstrating it!) It's something we can see him doing after he's already into the process--that is, after he's picked up on the "signs" the other character are giving him, in a way that you or I would have overlooked to begin with. This chameleon adaptation ability is the kind of thing that left me wishing, "Gee--I wish I could do that, and maybe I really _could_ if I were just more perceptive to other people's little signals"--analogous to the resolutions one forms after reading a Sherlock Holmes story. That result, to me, is the prime mark of an interesting detective--about whom I wish to read more. I am not, however, doing justice to Fister's detective in reducing him to this one remarkable trait, for this book is much more of a novel, a literary work with real insights into the dark regions of human character, than your basic "paperback mystery.Read more ›
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Konstantin Slovo just had to get away from the mess his life has become. A Chicago police detective, he and his partner were setup in a trap with Robin getting killed and Konstantin very badly injured. To make matters worse, Slovo's gun was missing from the scene of the crime and he is being investigated to see if it was his gun that killed his partner. Without asking permission, he leaves Chicago for Maine where he becomes involved in another brutal investigation.
Three young girls over the last few months in Brimsport, Maine were abducted, sexually abused, and murdered. Slovo, through a strange set of circumstances, finds the latest body and immediately becomes under suspicion from a town that is on the verge of hysterical erupting. Vigilantes break into Konstantin's room and try to beat a confession out of him, making Slovo all the more determined to find the perpetrator before another child is killed.
ON EDGE is a dark gritty noir novel that is graphic in violence and profanity. One has to feel sorry for the protagonist, a beleaguered honest police officer who has to defend himself from those who want to take him down, which seems to be everyone. The perpetrator is the last person anyone would suspect; thus making this book better than most police procedural novels.
Harriet Klausner
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