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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.

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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: #979,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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