Book - 1994
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Back from the Cold War, intelligence officer Keith Landry returns to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio. Twenty-five years after their last encounter, Keith runs into his first love, Annie, now unhappily married to the town's chief of police--an abusive alcoholic. In his efforts to reclaim Annie, Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c1994.
ISBN: 9780446515054
Characteristics: 481 p. ; 24 cm.


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Apr 26, 2017

I first started reading De Mille's novels when I discovered his "hero" (protagonist) John Corey. A smart-assed retired street cop, Talbot got into one scrape after another, always successfully saving the world or some part of it from annihilation. Under his ministrations the bodies of terrorists and assorted bad guys began to pile up like cord wood.
So when I started to read Spencerville I was surprised, pleasantly perhaps, that this book didn't follolw in the tracks of the other DeMille novels
Spencerville has none of the outrageously over blown, over the top plot lines of some of the other novels. This novel is serious; it is realistic; it tugs at your heart strings; it is introspective; it is beautiful.
So far. But then, I'm not even a third of the way through.
So now I've finished the book and DeMille reverts to type. The paranoid, sadistic cop becomes even more so. Beyond loathing until finally at the end.... well, best not spoil it for you. Let's simply say you'll want to stay up late and read beneath the covers to finish this novel.
Gripping for sure.

Dec 13, 2010

I liked it. 6 of 10 for me.

Aug 23, 2009

This long novel is 6 of 10 stars.


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