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The Pure And The Hated by [Godwin, Richard]
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Godwin writes intelligent noir from a unique psychological perspective, delving deep into the nobler motives and emotions of his engaging characters while examining the darkest corners of the human heart. The faceless villain in this chiller is as real as a razor cut. The Pure and The Hated is a story of love, generosity, betrayal, courage, evil, and hope. All set against a beautifully-rendered backdrop of Vermont. Before you sit down on a cool dark night to enjoy this one, make sure the doors and windows are locked."-Phil Bowie, author of the John Hardin suspense series "A psychological look at the meaning of image, sense of self, and identity. With extraordinary writing, characterisation, and storytelling, Godwin is truly one of our great writers." -Luca Veste author of Dead Gone. "Richard Godwin knows how his characters dress, what they drink and what they drive. He knows how they live- and how they die. Here's hoping no one recognized themselves in Godwin's cold canvas. Combines the fun of a good story with the joy of witty, vivid writing." -Heywood Gould, author of The Serial Killer's Daughter.

About the Author

Richard Godwin is the critically acclaimed author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions Of A Hit Man, Paranoia And The Destiny Programme, Wrong Crowd, Savage Highway, Ersatz World, The Pure And The Hated, Disembodied, Buffalo And Sour Mash, and Locked In Cages. His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them an anthology of his stories, Piquant: Tales Of The Mustard Man, The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Mystery, alongside Lee Child. He was born in London and lectured in English and American literature at the University of London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 490 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WildBlue Press (10 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DPWMCYQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #920,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A dark, twisted story of the how a violent, cruel, disturbed mind can corrupt and destroy those it touches. Brutal and sexually violent, the story twists back and forth on itself as you go from an act of kindness by an emotionally scared and grieving couple, to perturbing scenes of rape and murder, in this twisted tale of jealousy, secrets and savagery. The narrator does a good job of pulling you into the noir theme of the story; imparting the flatness of depression, the insanity of a distorted mind and the desperation of victims. The somewhat poetic nature of the writing gives the story a bit of an unrealistic feel and mitigates the horror of the tale to some extent but it still remains a disturbing, creepy piece of noir fiction. I received the audiobook at no cost and under no obligation to review.
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Family man Shepherd Butler is mourning the death of his son when he decides to take in a homeless man who has also suffered a violent tragedy. Things then quickly spiral violently out of control.

Richard Godwin’s The Pure And The Hated starts as an atmospheric tale of loss, then twists into a graphic cross between Cape Fear and Grande Guignol horror.
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Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review of it. Thank you. vmls

On the surface one might think The Pure and The Hated a simple straight-forward tale of loss and the serendipitous crossing of paths with psychopath.

One might think that... one who was not familiar with the writings of Richard Godwin.

There is nothing ‘simple’ in the tales Richard puts to paper.

Shepard Butler lost his son in a hunting accident several years ago and with that loss also came the loss of self and a distancing between him and his wife, Mary. A 'gap', if you will, in their relationship neither seems able to close.

Grief can be an incredibly destructive force.

Shepard is also a man whose past is about to catch up with him.

With a vengeance.

Temple Jones is a psychopath. Of that there can be no doubt. But he is more than just a cold-blooded, sadistic killer. The psychopath usually targets a 'type', not a specific individual; but not so with Temple Jones. The psychology of Jones, like that of many of the characters Richard creates, is never ‘textbook’ and in Temple Jones the author remains true to his style in bringing to life a character both fascinating and frightening.

The Pure and The Hated is a taut drama set in the Vermont woods. Moody and atmospheric - I could almost hear the crunch of footsteps in the snow - Richard's latest offering is somewhat of a departure from the dark psychological/horror urban thrillers he does so well, with nothing lost in the translation. There is a poignancy to The Pure and The Hated so subtle as to almost be an undercurrent in the story.
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It is not a good thing, except in Conrad’s _The Secret Sharer_, to meet your double. In that book, the Double completes the talents and encourages the resolve of the young sea Captain. Many other novels and folktales, like Dostoyevsky’s eponymous short novel, describe it as a predatory relationship. The Double, once met and interacted with, takes over the person’s identity. Now, _The Pure and the Hated_ is a Jekyll-Hyde story. It is about two sides of the human animal in one. The narrator’s name, Shepard Butler, like the other character’s names, is tantalizingly symbolic. (His nemesis’s name is Temple Jones). The narrator meets, in Temple Jones, an embodiment of both, and is uncannily close to both. Both have infiltrated (if that is the right word) Shepard’s life and those of his loved ones. The horror of this will live in your heart, in your bones. And don’t take Shepard’s final words as literally true, no more than he himself could take his nemesis’.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the light-hearted 27 May 2016
By Thomas Panholzer - Published on Amazon.com
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Richard Godwin’s The Pure and the Hated bounces the reader off two walls: violence and sensuality. The plot’s twist might be taken, if read deeply, as an American metaphor. At first this reviewer found the love scenes without purpose, but as the story quickly travels, the scenes juxtaposition themselves against the overall brutal sexual violence occurring over and over in the story. But the whole plot twists back upon itself, almost as a Greek tragedy playing itself out in crystal clear (and naïve?) Vermont. The stories chapters are very short, thus allowing the reader to catch a breath before deciding to move on to the next chapter or to first get that quick drink to buttress the nerves, for the ride is fast and definitely furious. Godwin writes well. This book starts off extremely well written. It remains well-written but this reviewer found the ending chapters to have been a bit rushed. Overall, the book has left this reviewer wanting to read it again to search for hidden meanings and reflections.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, Suspenseful.....This book has all that plus more! 10 May 2016
By Katie M. - Published on Amazon.com
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There is nothing better than getting your hands on a book that draws you in right at the start and doesn't let go! This book is all that and more. I did not want to put it down, once I started reading.
This book had me asking myself who, then why. I did figure out the plot, but when it was revealed, the author gave me twists and turns that I was not expecting! I love a mystery/suspense book that keeps you guessing and this book did just that!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep your windows and doors locked! 12 May 2016
By C. BRAZIL - Published on Amazon.com
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I also got an advance copy so I can give honest review. I'm not much of a writer and I tend to write very little. That said, this book has it all! The story brought me in from the very beginning. I could not put it down. I had the first big hurdle figured out, BUT the more I read, the more twisted it got. All the twists and turns had my jaw hanging from its hinges. This book is very graphic and realistic. Creepy comes to mind. Glad it was fiction as at times I had to look away from the pages! Thanks to the author for a harrowing experience!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of twists and turns 13 May 2016
By Lee Husemann - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not the usual type of book that I read so I did not know what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was drawn into it and I had a hard time putting it down. It is an amazing story full of turns and twists. I really enjoyed this very exciting book. I am quickly becoming a big fan of author Richard Godwin. I highly recommend this book.
2.0 out of 5 stars Really too much violence! 25 Aug. 2016
By susann - Published on Amazon.com
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What a sick, twisted plot. Sorry, but I didn't enjoy it or find any redeming literary value. It was just a lot of gratuitous violence of a verbal and sexual nature. Didn't frighten me or even seem real or in any way truthful. The only things I liked were the nature images of Vermont. Can't recommend this as a thriller or anything else. The author does have a good grasp of the English language, something I appreciate these days, but the story just seemed awkwardly contrived.
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