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The Lonely Dead [Kindle Edition]

Michael Marshall
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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An electrifying thriller from the author of the international bestsellerThe Straw Men.

A guilty man walks alone into the cold mountain forests of Washington State, aiming never to return. What he finds there starts a chain of events that will quickly spiral out of control.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles a woman's body is discovered, sitting bolt upright in a motel bedroom. She is dead, and her killer has left his mark. It soon becomes clear he has something to say, and a lot more work to do.

And Ward Hopkins, an ex-CIA agent recovering from the recent shocking death of his parents, is on the trail of his past, tracking down the men who destroyed everything he once held dear, and the murderer whose face he sees every time he looks in the mirror.

These three are ominous strands in a web of deadly secrets, roads to a dark history that should never have been told. There are people who will do anything to protect it. Anything at all. It's not a matter of who dies. We're all going to die.

What matters is who dies last.

Michael Marshall's unique voice adds a chilling intensity to the serial-killer plot, combining dazzling narrative, a white-hot pace and a deeply disturbing backdrop of conspiracy.

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‘Marshall is a cracker at writing tense, rich scenes’ Observer

‘The writing is assured and the plot carefully calibrated’ Guardian

‘Just when you think there’s nothing new under the sun in the world of the suspense novel, along comes one hell of a nasty spider called The Straw Men. It’s brilliantly written and scary as hell. Be the first on your block to stay up all night with this one; it’s a masterpiece, reminding us that even paranoids really do have enemies.’ STEPHEN KING

'A staggering, suspenseful journey through the darkness of American crime … succeeds in revitalising the serial killer novel with assured gusto… A new beginning for a major British writer, whose crime debut instantly moves him into the Thomas Harris division' Guardian

‘Brilliantly plotted, stunningly written … I read this in one go … if this isn't a hit, I am a monkey's uncle. And I don't think I am’. Independent on Sunday

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The truth is buried with them...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 499 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007163959
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (1 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI93S8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as The Straw Men 21 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Lonely Dead is the sequel to Michael Marshall's successful serial killer novel The Straw Men.

The story picks up a few months on from the end of the last book with a bloated fifteen-page prologue. And for the first 50 pages or so, the writing's kind of wooden, almost as if Michael Marshall was writing without any direction or purpose. Even the dialogue seems forced, the whole mess stilted from page one until it suddenly finds its rhythm and evens out. However, in spite of it improving, there were still times when I was lost in the story. This is because Michael Marshall writes the book from about fifty different perspectives.

There's one main character, writing in first person, then there's about four or five other participating characters, all who have their own strand within the book in third person--which became confusing and hard to keep up with at times, especially when Michael Marshall then gave supporting minor characters their own strand of narrative for the short time they appear in the book. Sometimes characters would go a whole chapter without a part, just for their part of the story to be picked up again in the next chapter. At one stage a main character was shot, then went missing for about twenty or thirty pages during the next chapter, then came back and it took me a moment or two to realign my thoughts and remember what had happened before. This book is definitely not for the type of reader who takes their time, dipping in and out every few days -- you're bound to forget some of the key players and their back-stories and you might get to wondering what exactly is going on in places.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good sequel, but not as good as it's prequel 2 May 2004
By A Customer
With the same wit and jarring insight that colors all his work, Marshall sets out to tell a story about paranoids, psychopaths and quasi-law enforcement officials... and we start to discover they aren't all as neatly separated as we want to think. John Zandt, Nina Baynam and Ward Hopkins are the only ones who know about the Straw Men and unfortuneately the acquisition this knowledge and the loss of Bobby Nygard and anything approaching their personal safety is doing a nicer job dismantaling their sanity than their new enemies could hope for. Unfortuneately the same can't be said for Ward's homicidal brother Paul and as the trail heats up again it remains to be seen if the trio can still cut it against the Straw Men.
The story is pacey and punchy, with lots of gore thrown in but it has to be said there is no chase to the finish here. People get killed, nobody stops it because nobody knows what's happening except the reader who can guess what's happening from a relatively early stage in the story. The final showdown is good, but not as good as The Halls (in my opinion that is) and the 'revelation' of the story carries a lack of credibility that makes me wonder if there was a point in it at all.
All that said the characterization is excellent and that's where the book shines. Ward's escalating disassociation from society... and tandem gravitation towards Paul is wonderfully played. Simultaneously the spectre of Bobby Nygard is clearly one that will be with him to stay and he has to deal with that. (I must say, I missed Bobby very much in this book. Without him to spar with Ward's wit and cleverness had little opportunity to shine through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Straw Men... 19 July 2013
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
So my re-read continued and of course I had to go next for Book Two of "The Straw Men" Trilogy - The Lonely Dead and very shortly I will be immersed back into Book Three - Blood of Angels.

After the events of "The Straw Men" we find Ward in hiding, drifting from place to place and occasionally attempting to find out more about his background. Meanwhile John is pursuing some dangerous people - but who are the most dangerous - them or John himself? The only other person Ward trusts, Nina, is having her own issues - after covering up the dramatic final events of "The Straw Men" both her job and her life are on the line..together she and Ward must untangle the web John is caught up in but can they save him? Does he deserve to be saved?

Once again Michael Marshall weaves an intricate tale - so intricate that its hard to talk in depth about the plot without offering spoilers - and if you have yet to begin this trilogy then I would be mortified if I spoilt any part of it for you. I can say the mythology deepens - both Ward and John again find themselves facing almost impossible decisions - the world they find themselves in is a lonely and dangerous place. Nina, a character I didnt mention by name in my review of the first book, really comes into her own here. She is the voice of reason, the moral guidance if you like - and yet through her we explore the question - how far is too far before you will leave the law behind.

I loved this second part - it expands and adds to the overall tale brilliantly - no loss of pace or standard here - if anything it improves on the first in the series. Now you are in this world you need to know more about it. And Michael Marshall will tell you more about it...but not everything. Oh no.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I like Michael Marshall
Fast paced, well written and inciteful. Loved it! There's some thoughts on old age in the middle of this that just made me think all over again about my Dad. Read more
Published 5 months ago by NeilH
5.0 out of 5 stars (as I was borrowing from my local library) so it was a great pleasure...
I first read 'The Straw Men' trilogy many years ago,with many months between each novel,(as I was borrowing from my local library) so it was a great pleasure to finally read them... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Colm Rainey
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lonely Dead
A follow up book as opposed to a second book in a series I would say, follow up to The Straw Men. Well worth a read. Looking forward to the next one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Neil Braim
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lonely Dead
Following the events of 'The Straw Men', Ward Hopkins has been on the run from the powerful group and one of their most deranged acolytes, the Upright Man. Read more
Published on 23 Mar. 2013 by Fraser Dallachy
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Marshall
I have only just discovered the books by Michael Marshall but so far I have enjoyed everyone especially the Strawmen trilogy stories.
Published on 18 Jan. 2013 by fransgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Set of three books.
Loving this author. Got a kindle and can carry all three around from the series. When i have finished this book will look for more by Michael Marshall. Read more
Published on 4 Jan. 2013 by N. Patterson
1.0 out of 5 stars Read The Straw Men first
This may be a 5 star book but how would I know? Nowhere in the description of The Lonely Dead are we told that it is a sequel to The Straw Men and as I haven't read that book I... Read more
Published on 16 Nov. 2012 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up.
An excellent sequel to The Straw Men, I can't wait to read the final instalment. Plenty of action and character development, hopefully I've now supplied enough words for this... Read more
Published on 12 Mar. 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present
I can't really give a review of this book because I haven't read it. What I can say, is that it was requested as a Christmas present by my son-in-law. Read more
Published on 17 Jan. 2012 by Waterdragoness
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't finished yet, but it is amazing
The depth and quality of thought and writing in this deep novel that delivers as a twisty crime thriller too, is simply outstanding. Read more
Published on 3 Jan. 2012 by Gm Cameron
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