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Desert Places (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series Book 1) by [Crouch, Blake, Kilborn, Jack]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series (3 Book Series)

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"An ingenious, diabolical debut that calls into question all our easy moral assumptions. "Desert Places" is a genuine thriller that pulses with adrenaline from start to finish. Blake Crouch is one of the most exciting new writers I've read in years."- Val McDermid, author of "The Last Temptation" "Blake Crouch's terrific but harrowing first novel, "Desert Places," is deeply disturbing and troubling but hard to put down. In the end, Mr. Crouch's book reminded me of a whacked out combination of Stephen King and Cormac McCarthy."- Pat Conroy, author of "My Losing Season" "A harrowing, compulsively readable novel, "Desert Places" throws a spotlight on humans' ability to administer--and withstand--psychological and physical pain. Crouch's taunt, muscular prose and expert plotting make this one tough to set down. You'll read it in a sitting--I certainly did."- Gregg Hurwitz, author of "The Kill Clause" "Gritty, sometimes gruesome, and always gripping. Blake Crouch loo

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One tranquil May evening, semi-famous novelist Andrew Thomas strolls down his long gravel drive to check his mailbox. Inside is a note. Andrew at first thinks this message is just a mischievous prank. He's wrong. And soon he's going to be very, very scared.

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  • Print Length: 272 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00452V71A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,307 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I must admit that part one on this novel reminded me of some Koontz novels (not always a bad thing) and although the early part of the storyline was a little clichéd, it held my attention enough to get to part two and I'm glad it did, the remainder of this book was excellent and prompted me to immediately order the two sequels. Crouch is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

My only real critism is more of the way Kindle displays many books as a percentage, rather than page numbers(will the new Kindle fix that?), the actual end of the story was at 78% with the remainder being book previews etc which I never actually read, prefering to rely on the buyer feedback.
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I discovered this author by accident, I am so glad I found him. Someone said, if you love S King, you will love this. I have to say This author under all of his pen names leaves S King eating his dust. Love the books, the plots, the descriptions, the terror of wondering if its safe to turn the next page late at night, wondering if you will sleep later???
Amazing, I'm working my way through every novel he has written and has yet to write.
Love the work
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4.5 stars

I've read and reviewed several of this author's, and couldn't resist trying another.

I love a nice bit of Blake Crouch when I've been writing all day and want a nice easy read with a cracking good plot that I know will keep me turning the pages. Desert Places was no disappointment. It's about a super-successful writer, Andrew Thomas, who, at the peak of his career, gets a note from a stranger to say that a body has been buried on his land, and that the sender of the note has all the evidence he needs to get Andrew convicted for the murder. To say any more would be to give away the plot, but it's a belter. Plenty of fast action, surprises, and situations that you'll think can't possibly be remedied as the plot travels from beautiful, rural North Carolina to the deserts of Wyoming.

It's pretty grisly in places, but not excessively so, and not just for the sake of it. It's not great literature, it's popular fiction, and a fine example of its type. Good enough for me to nip over to Amazon and download the next in the Andrew Z Thomas/Luther Kite series, anyway!
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I can't find nothing bad to say about this author and his novel , loved the story , loved how he keeps the suspense going all the way through , a really great read , one of the best books I've read on kindle , highly recommend , will be buying more books by this author , 5 stars from me
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I really really enjoyed this book. Leaves you guessing and wanting more everytime you pick it up. Felt that it ended a bit suddenly but love the gore and suspense. Cant wait to read the next book, Locked Doors!! Would highly recommend. Diane, Tamworth x
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This is a sick book. Sick meaning 'good'; and sick meaning...sick. It is a real page turner. It is prurient, and i felt guilty wanting to finish it; but it is exciting, suspenseful, frightening and gripping. The author must be one sick dude if this novel came out of his head. I think you have to have a strong stomach (and a vivid imagination) in order to appreciate this book. The protagonist's descent into the deepest, darkest corners of his soul is frightening; but this can happen to any of us (which is why it is so scary). It is a rollercoaster of a ride and i could not put this book down. I liked the characterisations in the novel, and i enjoyed (and could easily visualise) the scenery and the emotions and the people that the author described. I think the book is very well-written, which ably prevents it descending into cheap thrills. An amazing read.
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I recently read The Pines by Blake Crouch and was that impressed I immediately bought Desert Places & Locked Doors from the Andrew Z. Thomas series.
Desert Places was his debut novel written some eight years before Pines and brings us into the world of a successful psychological thriller writer who suddenly has the tension and horror of what he writes about bought very much to reality.
Andrew Thomas has all the trappings of a success, a lakeside property, no shortage of money, friends and a relatively stress free life. This all changes on receiving a letter that very much turns his world upside down, the letter tells of a body buried on his property, the body is covered in his blood and has been murdered by a knife now missing from his kitchen. If he seeks help the killer will let the police know exactly where the body and more are hidden and he will be incarcerated for life. Instructions are left and Andrew must follow them to the letter to remain in the game.
The killer attempts to make a sincere connection with Andrew and teach him about himself, what he is truly capable of and a tense exploration of the psychology of a serial killer is the result.
The reason and culprit behind the story are interesting, although the getting there lacks true nerve shredding tension and there is a distinct lack of back story until near the end of the book. It is supposedly a story of survival in horrific circumstances at the hands of a killer without remorse and I thought the ending excellent but the lead up lacks something. There is however a great deal of potential and I will certainly read the second book in the series.
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