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The Dead Heart [Mass Market Paperback]

Douglas Kennedy
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Book Description

13 April 1995

That dumbshit map. I'd been seduced by it. Seduced by its possibilities. That map had brought me here ... That map had been a serious mistake'

The map in question is of Australia, stumbled across in a second-hand bookshop by American journalist Nick Hawthorne, en route to another dead-end hack job in Akron, Ohio. Seduced by all that wilderness, all that NOTHING, Nick decides to put his midlife crisis on hold and light out to the ultimate nowheresville - where a chance encounter throws him into a sun-baked orgy of surf, sex and swill, and a nightmare from which there is no escape.

'Douglas Kennedy might never be allowed into Australia again. This is a crazy, compulsive ultimately serious thriller and a bravura fictional debut from one of our best travel writers' Philip Kerr

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (13 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349106452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349106458
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pulls off that most difficult feat of being hilariously funny and frightening at the same time (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

Fluent and entertaining ... a highly accomplished debut... there is an art to telling shaggy-dog stories well, with the right balance of lightness and suspense, and Kennedy shows himself a master of it. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

His story-telling is so deft, and the build-up so detailed and convincing, that the denouement proves to be heart-thumpingly effective (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

A comic triumph (TIME OUT)

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*An hilarious thriller about a holiday romance gone wrong.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great (but quick!) read 8 April 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Every book I've read written by Douglas Kennedy (The Job, The Big Picture and this one) has been a can't put down experience -this bloke knows how to grab you quickly and keep you engaged throughout the story!
In this one an American ventures to Australia looking for adventure, and gets a whole lot more than bargained for. A bit more surrealistic than his other novels, but equally as entertaining.
My only complaint is that I read this in a day, and was left wanting more. If you're travelling this is the ideal book, a captivating quick read that never fails to entertain.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling 30 Nov 2007
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Yet another Douglas Kennedy story which captured my imagination from page one, scared me and thrilled me and left me wanting more. His books are truly the good read which everybody is looking for. His style is easy going and the stories just roll along, teasing and tempting you to read all the way to the end in one sitting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DEAD HEART 20 Jun 2011
By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is Douglas Kennedy's debut novel and is such an entertaining read. Nick is an American journalist going through a midlife crisis who decides to try his luck in Australia where he gets much more than he bargained for. One minute you are laughing and the next you are quite terrified by what Nick has let himself in for.
This is so well written, engages you from the start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 2 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've loved all Douglas Kennedy's books. Except this one. I gave up after the first chapter. Too raw, rough and unsubtle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff! 23 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Escapist? Sure. Far-fetched? Probably. Could it happen? Who knows? We live in strange times and stranger things have happened. Throughout, I kept thinking, "Yeeech, what if this happened to ME!?"
The Dead Heart is a real gripper; a page-turning, ripping yarn that'll keep you up all night. And once you've finished it, grab The Big Picture and The Job and prepare to be blown away. DK sure knows how to tell a story. Rock on!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dead or Alive 14 April 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nick begins his journey like a good comic albeit an out of work journalist scattering cutting one liners to all and the sun dryed. It is not long before we arrive at a comic fairground of a location to allow Kennedy full reign to his cracking wit. What makes this book so absorbing is this blend of of comedy and horror. He turns the scene to a horrific nightmare dense with a murdered innocence in heat and light. The slaughterhouse, the coagulating blood drying on the rotten flesh of butchered kangaroos destined for the towns processing plant , the towns industry. Welcome to hell with a coma enticing soundtrack for company. Welcome to where your wife beats you and pulls out entrails in her spare time, welcome to where the waste is processed on your back door. Welcome to sellafield ? no, Welcome to Wallanup.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb injection of high octane adventure! 12 July 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this quirky little book, a fast thriller with some cutting black humour. It races along and before you know it you are at the nail biting end.
This is the third Douglas kennedy book I have read and I would also recommend The Job and The Big Picture
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Dead Heart by Douglas Kennedy 23 Feb 2014
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I am a major fan of DK and have devoured every other one of his books. However, I just couldn't gel with this one. The story just didn't seem to get going and the main character did not engage me in the same way his other leading protagonists have. A real disappointment, and I feel bad saying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book you will find difficult to put down
I love all his books and this wasno exception. I do notunderstand how a man can understand a woman so well!
Published 15 days ago by breakdown
5.0 out of 5 stars The dead heart
The dead heart another great. Novel by this author kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through I would recommend anyone to read this book
Published 1 month ago by claire annette
5.0 out of 5 stars another Douglas Kennedy novel at his best
A great read up to his usual high standard of intrigue and thrills always keeps you in suspense received by post well before the specified delivery time and in good condition.
Published 4 months ago by kevan green
4.0 out of 5 stars Australia like I've never seen it before (but suspected!).
This was not what I expected from Douglas Kennedy (after reading his most recent books), the writing style was different, the moral dilemmas and heartbreak were not pulsating... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lola
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dead Heart
Have yet to read a bad Douglas Kennedy book. Altho one of his earlier books if not his first, a good read and well written
Published 14 months ago by williampendry
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work, for me!
I really didn't enjoy The Dead Heart as much as all the other DK books I've ever read. I love his stories!! Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. A. Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Australian outback
This is the story of an American backpacker in the outback of Australia and a girl he meets. I love Douglas Kennedy books. He writes a good yarn. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gloria Cooper
1.0 out of 5 stars The Dead heart
Quite the worst book I have ever read, such rubbish. I usually really enjoy reading Douglas Kennedy, but not this time
Published 15 months ago by Katharine Hilbery
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing
this book started off quite promising but became ridiculous and farcical. perhaps i missed the intended humour,but i could hardly believe it was a douglas kennedy book as i... Read more
Published 16 months ago by janet neil
5.0 out of 5 stars DEAD HEART
VERY ENJOYABLE READ, JUST WISH IT WAS LONGER! Its certainly a page turner and quite an easy read too. Good Holiday book
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