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Manti Hardcover – 28 May 1992

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (28 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356208036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356208039
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 14.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,393,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brutally frank. (IRELAND EVENING HERALD) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Richard La Plante has a degree in clinical psychology and has worked as a psychiatric counsellor. He has also led a rock band and worked as an actor, as well as training many top sports personalities. After two fantasy novels he turned to writing thrillers and has also written for television. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Got this as a 'free' book and, once started was gripped. A vicious serial-killer who I none the less reserved a tiny bit of sympathy for; his childhood has been so terrible, leaving him damaged and shaping his warped view of life. The detective and doctor determined to stop him; skillfully crafted characters that drew me into their lives and made me care, and will them to win the battle. That's all I will say, except that I have now bought the next book in the series, Leopard.
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Make sure you have the time for this book because once you have started reading it there is no stopping.
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Fear the Mantis 12 Jun. 2007
By Scott Masterton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Mantis" by Richard La Plante is aptly named. The serial killer in this top notch mystery/thriller is an out of control martial artist that uses his pure mantis style martial arts to maim and then to sexually deposit his human "half" in the bodies of his victims before killing them.

This is the first of the Joey Tanaka/Bill Fogerty novels novels by La Plante, and in my opinion the best. What makes this novel particularly interesting (besides the obvious serial killer/martial arts hook) is that the three main characters (Tanaka, Fogerty and the Mantis) are all deeply scarred, damaged human beings. Josef Tanaka, half Japanese, half American coroner is tortured by the fact that he was directly responsible for the crippling of his older brother in the All Japan Karate Tournament. Detective Bill Fogerty's wife and daughter were killed in a firey car wreck...one the detective feels responsible for. Fogerty himself was burned on one side of his face and wears his scars as a sign of his guilt. The "Mantis" was the product of an upbringing in which he was humiliated and sexually tortured; leaving him emotionally and physically scarred. Each man attempts to find his way past their own suffering: Tanaka and Fogerty in the service of justice and the Mantis in the service of death as a way to transcend the humanity that he hates so much.

"Mantis" is a tightly knit thriller that fans of "Silence of the Lambs" will find satisfying and enjoyable. It's also a great character study detailing the lives of three men and their seperate responses to the pain and tragedy in their lives.
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PLEASE MAKE THIS A MOVIE! 19 Jun. 2009
By Gamer and reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Hello ,this is a very special book ,my kung fu teacher turned me on to it ,while i was learning praying mantis kung fu from him ,and i gotta tell you ,this is a great book! seriously this book needs the big time hollywood treatment all the way ,please guillermo del toro ,sam raimi ,quentin tarantino ,eli roth ,or rob zombie ,please oh please make a movie out of this book ,it would be so much better than so many movies that have been made ,it would be very similar to hannibal ,or wow it is very hard to copare this to any movie out there ,what a great story .
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Mantis Richard La Plante 30 May 2012
By Martin Pops - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written and arresting but I would not recommend this book for emotionally well balanced people. It makes Silence of the Lambs look like a fairy tale.
Reminds me of Von Lustbader's earlier works. Graphic violence, raw sex,serial killer all adds up to a read which keeps you to the end in order to find out what happens to the sicko protaganist.
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Genius 5 Dec. 2012
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If you love a story that makes you wonder what kind of mind could dream this stuff up. This is definitely is a dream come true, I really loved this book. Can't wait for many more in this series of characters. I feel as if I know what these characters look like, very descriptive writing loved it.
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Held my attention 27 Nov. 2012
By Richard Darby - Published on Amazon.com
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Character development was well done. The story moved at a good pace and had several clever twists. A fun read.
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