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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (May 30 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423304179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423304173
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 14 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
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From Publishers Weekly

In this brooding if uneven thriller from Shamus-winner Judson (The Bone Orchard), residents of the Hamptons are shocked at the drowning deaths of several young men found in the icy winter waters of Long Island's Shinnecock Bay. The grieving parents of one victim, devout Catholics, hire local PI Reggie Clay to prove that their son's death wasn't suicide. Grief emerges as a persistent theme, as Judson explores the struggles of several downtrodden characters, notably Deacon Kane, a college professor and writer whose only son accidentally drowned a few years back. Kane seeks solace in the bottle and in an obsessive affair with a married woman. Kane eventually realizes someone is trying to frame him, but who? Is it Colette Auster, the young temptress sitting in on his writing classes, or perhaps the eccentric septuagenarian Professor Krause, whose parents were tortured and killed by the Gestapo? Judson does a terrific job of setting up a complex plot that's full of surprises, even if the pieces fit together a bit too conveniently in spots.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Deacon Kane has been in a downward spiral since the accidental drowning of his son several years ago. He's hitting the bottle, having an affair with a married woman, and barely hanging on to his job as a Long Island writing teacher. Then one of his students, Larry Foster, turns up dead, and the police consider him a "person of interest" because he can't account for some critical time periods. Meanwhile, PI Reggie Clay, trying to prove Foster's death wasn't a suicide and knowing that other teenage boys have died in a similar manner, enlists Kane's help in looking for a serial killer. When it becomes clear to Kane that he may have been set up, he doesn't know whom to trust, and Clay and his colleagues begin to believe Kane just might be the killer after all. Told from multiple points of view, populated with well-drawn moral and amoral characters, and permeated with violence, this riveting albeit bleak crime novel offers a strong sense of place along with thoughtful rumination about doing the right thing and finding redemption for past actions. Sue O'Brien
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9c29cef4) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c15c060) out of 5 stars The Darkest Place Lacks Light Feb. 8 2013
By coalpuss - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I post a number of 'reviews' , but reviewing does not come easy to me. Others have done it better so I try to give my comments without disclosing too much information as Spoilers. Many readers seemed to rate this book highly. Perhaps I am being stingy with 2 stars (for an award winning author), however I found it lacking on so many levels. Deacon Kane, once a successful author has fallen into the depths since he continually focuses on the death of his son due to drowning in a diving accident over 3 years ago and has severe writer's block. Deacon feels guilt and loss, though death of his son was an accident and the father had no reason to blame himself; basically Deacon seems to enjoy wallowing in depression and self-pity. To pay the bills he takes on teaching a creative writing class at a local college, but rarely shows up and is tolerated only because he has a good friend on the Faculty. To occupy his time (lol) Deacon carries on an increasingly ridiculous affair with a married woman with whom he only shares sex, and very little else. It was obvious this reader lost all interest in Deacon because nothing about him deserved attention. He wanted to remain in his narrow world of misery and how riveting is that? As young men become victims of "accidental drowning' in the Shinnecock area the police eventually get involved. That is treated in a casual manner which is readily accepted by the town residents. Please. The author throws in a large number of characters to use for inevitable and foreseeable twists, which are anticipated by a careful reader and not at all surprising. It took a great deal of effort to plow through this endless story of unsavory characters, and violence. I did it only because it was the last unread book I had; and that is totally my fault for wasting my time. Oh, I mentioned violence. This was one of the most ridiculous and unbelievable series of events. Deacon is stomped upon by a huge 350# man (on his chest) which may have given him a collapsed lung, flung against walls numerous times with great force and more. He was only BRUISED with no broken bones or serious injury. That alone suspends belief. And it happens to him many times with the same results. He is iron man. His lover can only see him when her husband is out of town, so she becomes frantic when she cannot reach him. (Do we feel any pity for her?) No, she continues to walk around her house naked and painting her oils or watercolors in the nude. She is one weird lady and Duncan and she might be the perfect match, since both are dysfunctional. And on this tome goes, with Private Detectives, a wannabe PI and all the trapping that can be thrown into this mess. Oh, wait!!! Having spent a number of years cruising on a small (38') boat in the Peconic Bay, Montauk, Sag Harbor area, I was interested in the little taste the author gave me of that area. We had even gone through the lock to the Shinnecock beach before going on to Block Island etc. So I did enjoy that. So sadly, I can only give this book two stars. You can tell he is a talented author but this book lacks a plot and that is a sure 'game over' for me. I cannot recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c15c0b4) out of 5 stars It was mostly GOOD...Audiobook Review July 10 2012
By Laura Todd - Published on
The narrator was Dick Hill...
So the narrator was awesome - that is a given.

My first Daniel Judson book.

I mostly liked the book.

I was engaged from the beginning...and wanted to know what was going to happen next.
Even though the book was moved at a good pace, there were some areas that I considered to be slow and a little wordy.
Yes, sorry, that is my biggest complaint with books.

The book does take some concentration - there are several characters.
And they are introduced at different times, both with first and last names.
I almost had to take notes to keep them straight in the beginning...too much thinking for me!

I didn't love the ending.
I didn't feel like everything was tied into a nice bow.
I felt like there were a lot of unanswered issues.

All in all I would recommend it.
But don't expect everything to come full circle.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c15c468) out of 5 stars Where Angels Fear to Tread Sept. 20 2006
By Kevin Killian - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Novelist Deacon Kane is haunted by the death of his son by drowning four years ago, and his reputation has slid in the college where he teaches creative writing and English lit, slid to a point where everyone's watching him to see if he makes it to class, which he rarely does any more. His boss, Dolan, really has it in for him. Just one thing seems to amuse Deacon Kane, his affair with a married woman, Meg, a painter with a huge house on top of Peconic Bay, who hustles him out of her bed whenever she thinks her husband might arrive, but otherwise she seems totally uncaring and absent. It isn't a good relationship, but hey, any port in a storm especially if you're a human wreck.

Meanwhile someone is running around abducting male students (18, 19 years of age) and somehow managing to drown them in a way that leaves forensics baffled. Could these deaths be accidental?

Possible Spoilers Ahead--Minor:

The police are beginning to believe that Dunk is behind them. Maybe he's gone right off the deep end. Maybe he's a serial killer with a sexual kink that forces him to re-play the tragedy of his son's drowning by casting older boys in his young son's role as victim. His frequent blackouts leave him without an alibi.

Daniel Judson embodies this mystery within a David Lynch atmosphere of conspiracy, cover-up, immoral doings, and a mysterious giant black man who seems to be watching out for Dunk--or is he trying to kill him? Judson is great at atmosphere, and Eastern Long Island has never been portrayed more creepily.

What I didn't like was the absurd plot, which depends on an extraordinary amount of coincidence. On the one hand there is a criminal mastermind with far too many helpers; on the other hand, there's a good bunch of people whose motivations are just as murky as the killers. I never cared once for Duncan Kane, and on top of everything else Judson really makes women look like monsters. That's his prerogative of course, and it does add to the noir-ish feel of his book, but by the end we all have a different idea of what he imagines the "darkest place" to actually be.

Finally, when the mask is torn off the face of the killer, and the reader can't remember who he is, you're in trouble.

Otherwise a grand read by one of the genre's best technicians.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c15c8ac) out of 5 stars Moody, passionate and haunted June 5 2006
By Marcus Sakey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There are serial killer novels, and then there are literary gems that involve serial killers. Dan Judson's THE DARKEST PLACE is the latter, a gorgeous, ambitious novel equal parts exploration of loss and up-till-dawn page-turner.

The plot, which follows the investigation of a series of drowning murders in the bleak post-tourist winter of Long Island's Shinnecock Bay, is filled with enough twists and reversals to keep diehard mystery readers guessing. But it's the characters that make the book hypnotic; wounded, wanting, and set on a collision course, they are richly textured and completely believable. Judson's deep empathy makes their pain and desire and trembling hope personal, and you'll find they haunt you long after you close the book.

The result is a can't-put-it-down thriller reminiscent of the best in the genre, works like MYSTIC RIVER and CLOCKERS.

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c15c990) out of 5 stars A page-turner from start to finish June 15 2006
By Bookreporter - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Daniel Judson made an auspicious debut in 2002, publishing both THE BONE ORCHARD and THE POISONED ROSE to much critical adulation and introducing a hardscrabble private investigator named Mac MacManus. Four years later Judson has returned with THE DARKEST PLACE, and the potential and promise that his previous work simultaneously raised and met are now surpassed.

As its title portends, THE DARKEST PLACE is a journey into the unlit places of the soul, the sordid and unfilled locations to which sane people never so much as glance. Deacon Kane, a visiting lecturer of Humanities at Southampton College, is on a downward spiral due to the accidental drowning of his son and the subsequent breakup of his marriage. Kane is hell-bent on self-destruction, fueling his journey with alcohol while engaging in a pointless and potentially dangerous affair with a local artiste. It is all he can do to make it to his classroom, a task he fails to accomplish more often than not.

Kane's life is further complicated when he finds himself implicated in a series of drowning deaths involving young men in the community. The deaths appear at first to be accidental, occasioned by youthful indiscretion and drunkenness, or perhaps suicide. But when the third drowning involves one of Kane's students, the police begin investigating the lecturer himself, who slowly comes to the realization that he is being deliberately implicated in these deaths.

An enigmatic PI firm tries to help Kane even as it investigates him, but it is ultimately Kane's own penchant for attracting and being attracted to trouble that puts him on a collision course with mortal danger. All the while, Judson's narrative skills propel the reader ever forward while contemporaneously forcing a careful reading. One simply cannot guess what will happen next, and though the event may be heartbreaking, there is simply no way to proceed but toward it. For example, about two-thirds of the way through the book Judson describes an occurrence with excruciatingly painful yet compelling clarity --- so compelling in fact that I honestly believe that if I had been in a burning building while reading it, I would have not moved until I completed the four or so pages over which the event is described. I won't tell you what it is, but it takes place in a parking lot. You'll know it when you get there.

THE DARKEST PLACE is a classic work, oddly evocative of James Crumley's THE LAST GOOD KISS without resembling it in the slightest. Very highly recommended.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub