Deep As the Marrow Hardcover – March 1, 1997
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From Library Journal
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Forge; 1st edition (March 1, 1997)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312862644
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312862640
- Item Weight : 1.48 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.25 x 10 inches
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#1,798,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #162,391 in American Literature (Books)
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I kid you not, this is one big FUBAR of a crime. Sometimes you want to kill someone and others you are cheering for the kidnapper.
A really good novel and one that will haunt you for weeks. After you read this ask yourself, "Could this really happen?"
Thank goodness his personal physician has a reason to do the deed.
Deep as the Marrow is different from other books I've read by Wilson. There is no hint of the supernatural in any way, it is a straight thriller. It is also a very well written one. Wilson effectively moves from POV to POV, each time allowing a bit more of the story to be revealed and developed.
I thought the way that the situations with the lowest rung of criminals involved were described were fascinating. It was presented as normal activity for those characters - that was the way their life was lived at the moment, even if they were planning to change. It was all very matter-of-fact.
The character of Poppy turned out to be one of my favorites. She started out very one dimensional, but developed well and incorporated the reveals about her past into current behavior seamlessly.
I also enjoyed the inclusion of the Jersey Pines into the story. It was nearly Deliverance in New Jersey, and a reminder that the entire state isn't just a big turnpike littered with urban foxholes and burned out factories. I really enjoyed that twist to the story.
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Although I got the impression a few personal views might have been expressed - in italics and referring to third-party TV and radio and media content - it made for interesting reading and certainly made sense when justifying the book's main topic.
But once again (see my previous review of Nightkill) there were several typos that really shouldn't be there. OK, one can accept the odd misspelt word or missing word, but there's absolutely no excuse for the many instances of "<stet>". This is from the proofreading and is an instruction to ignore a correction or change; or to leave the text as it is. It is NOT part of the narrative!
I have read several books since buying a Kindle and F Paul Wilson (to date) is by far the leader in typos! Not an enviable position any author wants to hold.
Come F P, pull your finger out and get your books proofread properly!
F. Paul Wilson doesn't just centrally write about John VanDuyne side of the story though. Knowing the personalities and lives of the kidnappers brings a different edge to this story and (as expected from Wilson).. keeps you on the edge of your seat!