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Icarus [Audiobook] [MP3 CD]

Russell Andrews , Patrick Girard Lawlor
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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15 Jan 2013
When a burglary goes wrong on the opening night of his new restaurant, Jack Keller is left a widower and suffering from several bullet wounds. In emotional and physical turmoil he becomes a self-pitying recluse, until Kid Demeter, a young man Jack once regarded as a son and who is now a formidable physiotherapist, bullies him into better health. Then Kid is found dead, but Jack cannot accept the view that his death was either accidental or suicide. Knowing he owes Kid for getting his own life back on track, Jack starts to investigate Kid's personal life and discovers he was a serial womaniser. He begins to identify and locate these women, but every time he speaks to one of them they end up dead. Then, as he edges closer to the truth of Kid's death, he realises that his wife's murder was the catalyst of all that followed.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (15 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469243954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469243955
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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People keep dying around Jack Keller, the central character of Russell Andrews' second thriller Icarus, and he finds it difficult to be sure that it is nothing to do with him. His mother was thrown from a window by a maniac; his wife was shot on the opening night of their new restaurant; his protégé and therapist Kid fell to his death--even his mentor Dom lost an arm to the Mob for refusing to fix a fight. Jack starts investigating Kid's life and finds out more than he wants to know about the women Kid only ever referred to by aliases--the Murderess, the Mistake, the Mortician, the Destination. Kid lived in a bleak world of sexual opportunism and trade-offs, and Jack, who liked him, has to follow his trail there. For both Jack--and the policewoman whose investigation he constantly criss-crosses--the trail is one of endless legwork and painful discoveries. This is an inventive thriller about how little we really know about anyone, even those to whom we are closest. The story takes us to a vividly realized New York of high, cold places, literal and metaphorical, from which the agoraphobic Jack is perpetually tempted to take that last fall. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Furious, sexually-fueled, and mind-bending - a unique thriller. (William Diehl)

Hip and modern, with deft characterisation and pacy writing, ICARUS makes Russell Andrews out as a real contender in the thriller stakes. (IRISH INDEPENDENT)

Hitchcock used the device of everything not being as it seems to devastating effect in many of his classic movies. And Hitch would have itched to make a movie of Russell Andrew s' brilliant second thriller, ICARUS, which surprisingly manages to surpass his debut book, GIDEON, one of the great finds of last year. (PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH)

People keep dying around Jack Keller, the central character of Russell Andrew s' second thriller Icarus, and he finds it difficult to be sure that it is nothing to do with him. His mother was thrown from a window by a maniac; his wife was shot on the ope (Roz Kaveney, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of the Year! 13 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Icarus grabs you on the first page and never lets go. Even avid mystery/thriller readers will make it through most of the book before figuring out the identity of the real killer. Gideon was good, but Icarus is terrific!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow, then pacy, then... 14 Feb 2007
Format:Paperback
This book starts a bit slowly, building the characters, getting to know and like them.

Once it gets going, it doesn't stop, gripping, thrilling and fast-paced.

As for guessing who dunnit? You'll probably guess before the end, but as for the why? and how?, this'll keep you guessing till the end.

The only reason I've not given it 5/5 is the ending. With a few twists, it's guaranteed to keep the pages turning, but tended to fizzle out a bit.

This is definitely his best.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too slow in the middle 15 April 2002
Format:Paperback
Icarus is a good book but ultiamately it seems to be missing something important. The begining is good and draws you in as Jack's life is built from childhood disaster to wealth and happiness. You care what happens to him and his wife, but ultimately as the book enters its middle section and begins to meandre. I found it very hard to care what happened to Kid, one of the most central characters in the book and a driving component of the story. I must confess I didnt work out or guess who the killer was until the end and so the book redeemed itself slightly in pure surprise. Good but ultimately disappointing and quite frustrating.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but implausible 8 April 2002
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Format:Paperback
Although this book is well written and the characters come alive, the author lost me when the plot stumbled into complete implausibility. The search, central to the plot, just doesn't ring true. Also, the author deliberately misleads the reader about relevant facts in the most important relationship in the book, only disclosing them later. Lying to your reader is really not a good idea, in my opinion, especially when actions and reactions seem completely out of character from all we've already learnt about the people involved.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars why bad reviews? 26 Feb 2004
Format:Paperback
I am shocked to see such average to bad reviews on Icarus. I found it to be a truely harrowing tale, that gripped me all the way. I thought it demonstrated how much Russel Andrews has improved over time. His writing is more descriptive, than ever before, bringing his charactors into life.
I guarantee that you cant guess who it is!
ps: give it a chance. The best books start slowly, gain speed, until the plot moves at a rapid pace. The last few chapters are filled with twists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyable 6 April 2014
Format:Paperback
Icarus is a novel written by Russell Andrews (of Gideon fame). It was published in 2001, by Time Warner Books, Doubleday, and Little, Brown and Company publishing houses.

The story (no spoilers beyond what can be read on the book’s sleeve)

The story is basically the story of Jack Keller. At a very young age, he sees his mother getting killed and thrown out of a window of a high-rise building. Apart from leaving him scarred for life and with a violent fear of hights, it is the beginning of a very compelling and captivating story.

Jack is raised by Dom – the person who was about to propose to his mother before she was casually disposed of through the double glazing of the skyscraper – and the connection between the two of them is strong.

Jack marries Caroline around the same time as he starts opening upper-class steak restaurants. Being quite a capitalist entrepeneur, he soon has several restaurants. He thrives until – in what appears to be a hold-up – his wife gets killed and thrown out of a window (recognize a pattern yet?), and Jack barely escapes with his life.

In deep shock, unable to walk, and having lost the will to live, Kid re-enters Jack’s life, and offers to make Jack all right again. When Kid, after having firmly re-established his friendship with Jack, also plummets to his death, Jack has had quite enough, and decides to try and find out what is going on about all the deaths around him.

Review

At 580 pages, the book is quite a read. I purchased it yesterday at 15:00. It is now 22:30. Despite being an avid reader, it only happens rarely that I read anything in such a limited period of time, so the writer must have done something right.

But what?

For one thing, the story is exciting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker! 13 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Russell Andrews writes in an a way which ensures that early, essential connection. I have thoroughly enjoyed the books I have read, and Icarus is no exception. An excellent, absorbing read.
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From the first page to the last, I was intrigued and captured in the story. A great thriller, taking you in and out of the New York underground scene. Great character development and stunning plot. A definite must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and well written
Another of Andrews books that I couldn't put down. I found this a story of two halves. The first part sets up the perfect story of the hero Jack, his wife and their restaurants. Read more
Published on 25 April 2003 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Sluggish then energetic then....a fizzle
Funny old book, this one. It starts in sprightly fashion, with a nasty and powerful set piece that sets the tone for the principal character's behaviour throughout the novel. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2002 by Stephen Delo
3.0 out of 5 stars Sluggish then energetic then....a fizzle
Funny old book, this one. It starts in sprightly fashion, with a nasty and powerful set piece that sets the tone for the principal character's behaviour throughout the novel. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2002 by Stephen Delo
4.0 out of 5 stars Impossibly good
I bought this book on a whim and found it to be an excellent choice. Very involved and totally enthralling. Couldn't put it down - even food was sidelined till I had finished! Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2002 by Juliana Anderiesz
2.0 out of 5 stars not really up to scratch
This book is nowhere as good as his previous effort Gideon. The cover boasts something like 'you won't be able to guess who and why', or words to those effect. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Gideon
After being gripped by Andrews first book Gideon I couldn't wait to see what his next would be like. I have to say I was disapointed. Read more
Published on 5 May 2002 by catzts@aol.com
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