- Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (13 April 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349106452
- ISBN-13: 978-0349106458
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Dead Heart Mass Market Paperback – 13 Apr 1995
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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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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.
This is so well written, engages you from the start.
All in all, I was impressed as this is Douglas Kennedy's fictional debut (he wrote books on travelling prior to this one). Entertaining and exacting and gripping and thought-provoking, with great descriptions of Australian outback (I literally could feel the sweat dripping down my back, such vivid were descriptions of Australian summer heat!).
What also strikes me as a brave and mature move is the no-nonsense approach by Kennedy to the storytelling - he is even prepared to kill a couple of characters (avoiding that fairy-tale ending). Respect for that.
Recommended (even though it's not your typical Kennedy of heartbreaking love stories)!
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The Book arrived in excellent condition - good as new. Great price & very speedy delivery. What more can you ask for ?!!
Another fantastic Douglas Kennedy novel, as per usual. Read more
Nothing to be reviewed here. Except for the fact that it was just perfect. Oh, and that the punctuation and sexuality is part of the fun.Published 9 months ago by (((Revieweroftheweek)))