Item description for Suspect: #1 Karl Alberg by L. R. Wright...
Overview To Karl Alberg, a small town on Canada's "Sunshine Coast" looks like the perfect place to sooth a psyche that's been battered by too much big-city police work. Bees buzz among the roses, and the local librarian is attractive, intriguing, and unattached. Perhaps he has at last come in from the cold. But sunny towns can conceal a lot of secrets--some of them bleak enough to make a man yearn for some nice straightforward urban crime--P.  of cover.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.25" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jul 25, 2008
Publisher Felony & Mayhem
ISBN 1934609072 ISBN13 9781934609071
Reviews - What do customers think about Suspect: #1 Karl Alberg?
well deserving of the edgar award that it won. Aug 3, 2007
i have been reading for about 25 years now and have somewhat recently been making the attempt to become a fan of the mystery genre. mystery books always seemed too dot to dot in their formula, too lacking in strong character development for my tastes. this one, by l r wright, is the sort of thing that could win me over to the genre. not a whodunnit (the murderer is revealed right at the start), but a whydunnit? this is a strong, compulsively readable crime novel, with well drawn characters and none of the hackneyed cliche that hinders so much of this type of fiction. the authors prose is uncluttered, clear clean and smooth to read. though it won the prestigious edgar award for best novel in 1985, i'm afraid this is now a pretty obscure work, so my words may be like a tree falling in the forest with nobody to hear. be that as it may, as i fall i would like to shout out: "go on and read this book. it's very good entertainment."
Appreciatively Uncommon Mar 28, 2007
After five years of tearing my way through all sorts of detective fiction and variously nuanced "policers," I discovered L. R. Wright's novel sitting on a short shelf in Powell's Books here in Portland, Oregon. The conscientious staff had put together a small set of Edgar Award winners, almost all in paperback -- and I'd say half of them displayed a thin layer of dust. Looking for an author new to me, I threw this used (nicely discounted) title into my growing pile. What the heck, right? Just a few bucks ... couldn't hurt. And so began a real appreciation for "The Suspect." If you are an ardent fan of Rankin, Mankell, Ellroy, MacDonald, Bruen, and others in the genre who can write realistic characters, those who you find yourself compelled to follow to a cathartic conclusion or personal epiphany of sorts ... then you will truly enjoy this well-told tale by Ms. Wright. Hopefully, there are more in this series (as hailed by previous reviewers above) that will keep me enthralled. As we fans of this fiction know, not all titles have the content and genuine quality to sustain us to that final page. This one does. Ha-lay-loo-yaaaaaaaaa.
Untraditional murder mystery Apr 21, 2002
I came across the third book in this mystery series at a used book sale but wanted to read all of them in order in case they turned out to be good. I'm glad I did. This book is not so much a murder mystery as it is a character study of individuals touched by murder: the perpetrator, his friend, and the cop intent on solving the crime. All are involved in an uneasy relationship and Wright does a wonderful job of conveying the emotions and thoughts of all of them as they lead themselves to the inevitable discovery of why the murder happened.
I've started the second book and it is equally as absorbing. Wright is a wonderful storyteller.
A Great Start Jul 14, 2001
A friend just recently introduced me to RCMP Staff Sergeant Karl Alberg and the lovely librarian Cassandra Mitchell. I love mysteries so I was disappointed when in the first chapter I learned the identity of the murderer. But the characters are so well crafted that I was hooked. The setting on the sunshine coast of Canada is unique. The plot is not so much of a 'who done it' but rather a 'why'. The motive is doled out a crumb at a time. This first book in the series has me hunting for the others.
Superb! Dec 28, 1999
This is a wonderful, near perfect crime novel: a beautifully crafted story about murder, and evil that is perhaps worse than murder. The characters are all memorable. You will not find a more sympathetic murderer in all of literature. The author expertly leads you to a conclusion that is both satisfying and disturbing. Top notch, this ranks among my favorite mystery novels. A must read.