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Sliver: Introduction by Jonathan Trigell [Paperback]

Ira Levin
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18 Sep 2014

Kay Norris, a successful book editor, moves into the affluent Carnegie Hill district of Manhattan, into an apartment in a slender high-rise. A man watches her. He watches her unpack, watches her make her bed. He owns the building: a shocking secret is concealed within the walls.

Sliver is a sinuous, erotic thriller that explores the menacing evil behind the glittering façade of Manhattan's skyscrapers; a hypnotic story of obsession and the temptation of ultimate power.


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair (18 Sep 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1472111516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472111517
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 11.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sliver is the ultimate fin de siecle horror novel, a fiendish goodbye wave to trendy urban living in the last decade of the twentieth century. Mr. Levin has in Sliver created the apartment dweller's worst nightmare. As always, his characters have a texture and a reality that's almost eerie, and the narrative is as stripped-down and efficient as an automatic weapon. (Stephen King)

Levin's thriller, Sliver, is as successful a page-turner as his first, A Kiss Before Dying...Ira Levin never gets serious, he just gets better. Grade A. (Entertainment Weekly)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still relevant 26 Nov 2013
By Mike N
Format:Paperback
Considering this was written in 1991, it's extremely relevant in today's world of constant surveillance. Knowing there are CCTV cameras everywhere, that it's possible for somebody else to control and view your webcam and that high quality surveillance (read: spy!) equipment is getting cheaper and cheaper just makes it even more creepy. Who is watching you right now?

The plot is pretty basic. A woman moves into a "sliver" (a high rise built on a narrow plot) where there have been a few suspicious deaths. The mysterious owner has cameras in all the apartments and taps on all the phones (letting him see a "sliver" of people's lives ... especially the "interesting" bits). There are still some surprises to be had though, and Levin pulls it off well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars creepy 26 Aug 2013
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Loved Ira Levin ever since I discovered he'd written Rosemary's Baby. This book is slim and gripping, giving an insight into the world of young professionals in the USA - and the obsessional interests of the owner of the building called the Sliver. Makes you think about modern life!
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4.0 out of 5 stars suspense till the end 30 July 2013
Format:Paperback
loved this writer since discovering he wrote Rosemary's Baby - tghis is in the same vein, an exploration of the power of lover and the power of evil. A young woman moves into an apartment block which is squeezed into the space between two othr buildings, the Sliver of the title, to make a new life for herself after a failed romance. She wants a new beginning; but there are suspicious deaths and a mysterious owner. The suspense is gripping and the characters fascinating.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The film is better than the book 8 Aug 2014
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This poorly written is nowhere the near the quality of the film. The characters are poorly drawn, and the writer fails to create sympathy for them or give you an entry into their world. I didn't care for any of the characters nor was I engaged in the plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A not-bad thriller with good local color 24 Dec 2003
By JLind555 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"Sliver" is definitely not up to "Rosemary's Baby" but it's one of Levin's better products, and for those readers who felt it lacked believability, what would they say about "Rosemary's Baby" or "The Stepford Wives"? It's not supposed to be read with a straight face; it's fun, and on that count, it measures up. What made the book especially enjoyable for this reader was that I know the Carnegie Hill neighborhood very well, and it was a lot of fun identifying all the places Levin mentioned in the book -- real places, in fact. (The Corner Bookstore is one of my favorite book shops in all of New York.) The story of the sophisticated, jaded older woman who falls in love with a younger man has been done to death, but Levin makes this one refreshing by giving the heroine sense enough not to take this too seriously; she knows sooner or later it's bound to end so she just enjoys what she has while she has it. The book's main theme of voyeurism is well presented; we share the heroine's mixture of fascination and revulsion, and realize how all too easy it is to get sucked into the thrill of snooping and being privy to all the neighbors' secrets. And while the ending may be as believable as a two-headed giraffe, the whole book is slightly off-center so we shrug and enjoy the fun. If you're looking for something heavy or profound, go read "War and Peace" or an equally weighty tome; "Sliver" is a good book to spend a rainy day with.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time with this one! 24 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book several years ago (before the movie), and it still sticks in my mind as one of the worst books I've ever read. The entire story line is unlikely at best, and parts (notably the end) are so conveniently contrived, it becomes silly and pathetically comical. Rent the movie if you're curious. It was universally panned, but it couldn't be any worse than the book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing novel from a master novelist. See the movie. 18 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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For Levin and Levin fans this is a disappointing novel. The story line is long, drawn out and not very exciting. The reader is hoping constantly that the next chapter will bring an actual event but each page only brings disappointment. The climax at the end of the novel passes uneventfully and you should be careful that you don't miss it. A poor effort for Levin who has written a number of very good and imaginative stories that you can't put down. Better luck next time Ira. For prospective readers - see the movie instead
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying if slightly flawed 13 Oct 2002
By Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There's a lot to like here: The plot moves fast and suspensefully, making it hard to put this one down. The female protagonist is interesting, educated, down-to-earth yet urbane and sexy. The male protagonist is evil enough not to make excuses for, yet the book challenges you to at least consider his point of view.
Most excitingly, this book gives an incisive observation of maybe the most important social phenomenon of the TV age: voyeurism. Written before the Internet craze, this book has become only more relevant since! It describes aptly the temptation of wanting to play god in the form of an all-knwoing observer, as well as the dangers of such hubris: addiction, the seduction into doing something the perpetrator would intellectually/morally violently disagree with yet feels strangely compelled to perpetuate. Ultimately, the book discusses the consequences of such behavior as the perpetrator resorts to criminal behavior to continue his game.
Granted, there are a few flies in the ointment: the premise may not be considered terribly plausible. Yet, I believe it stacks up well against the suspense of disbelief required in most novels. The ending, however, while symbolically quite interesting (the voyeur becomes blinded, tying also into the Oedipal theme which is one thread in the book) is ultimately fairly contrived. Even more so, the final climactic scene, including the blinding, is just too far over the top to not teeter on the verge of the absolutely ridiculous! Mr. Levin could have definitely done a lot better there!
Despite these flaws, I still rate this one highly. If not taken all too seriously, this one's one satisfying ride!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Novel from Ira Levin 26 July 2013
By MacheteJason - Published on Amazon.com
This book is not one of Ira Levin's finest works. Sliver is better than Son of Rosemary but both were written in the 1990s after Levin's greatest impact had been felt. Neither book was great nor did they have satisfying endings. However, Sliver doesn't insult the reader quite as much.

Sliver is about the mysterious inhabitants of a New York highrise apartment building and a local Peeping Tom.

Book vs. Film: Many have mocked the film version and I have to admit the film and novel are very close in storytelling (not a great thing in this case). It is a slick, breezy read with a lackluster ending but if you liked the movie you might appreciate this book. It's also very straightforward for modern readers. It's a good way to pass the time but offers nothing extraordinary. If you liked the movie then the book is very loyal. If you thought the film was OK, this book won't improve its ranking in your mind. I enjoyed the novel and the film despite the limitations. The voyeuristic premise is very interesting and still relevant to modern readers. However, the execution doesn't quite work in the novel or film. Fortunately this is light reading.

Availability: Sliver is one of Levin's most overlooked books. It doesn't have a broad audience compared to other Levin books which remain popular. Definitely one of his minor works but Sliver is at least readable and follows some internal logic.

Check out the far superior Rosemary's Baby by the same author. The only Levin novel I would avoid is Son of Rosemary, which is his only work that hasn't been made into a film. Still waiting for a film version of This Perfect Day though. Despite the 3-star rating if you enjoyed the film you will like the book.
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