Item description for Watchman With A Hundred Eyes (Lucas Rook Mysteries) by Richard Sand...
Critics have hailed Richard Sand's ability to create masterworks of the private-eye genre, "combining the gritty realism of Ed McBain and the horror suspense of Thomas Harris." This could not be more true than in his latest of his award-winning series. In the most eerie Lucas Rook Mystery to date, the former NYPD gold shield detective must use all of his skills and courage to stop a homicidal maniac. Driven by his own need to avenge the murder of his twin brother, Rook takes us into a reality that makes noir look like a kiddie's picnic. We meet the usual mean and quirky characters: the master drug dealer with the flipper arm, the blind supermodel who lives next door, the loving father who kills his son, the necrophiliac. Then there's what Publishers Weekly has described as, "dark, and it must be said, rather warped." A dog dressed in a tuxedo brings in the severed head of a beloved TV icon. The terror spreads and time is running out as The Philadelphia Police Department and Lucas Rook hunt the cruel killer who has more monstrous work to do. You'll be up until late at night to finish Watchman, but you'll be sleeping with the light on. Richard Sand has received the Publishers Marketing Association's Ben Franklin Award for Mystery of the Year and is the author of the New York Times acclaimed non-fiction, "Protocol, The Complete Handbook of Diplomatic, Official and Social Usage"
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jul 15, 2005
Publisher Durban House
ISBN 1930754779 ISBN13 9781930754775
Reviews - What do customers think about Watchman With A Hundred Eyes (Lucas Rook Mysteries)?
Too unbelievable? Sep 27, 2007
The author needs to know that Philadelphia police do NOT talk like New York police. Watching too much TV? Also, the protagonist is just a little too much. Lucas Rook is an overdone version of Jack Reacher, and Joe Pike.
A happy, perky P.I. tale this ain't Mar 22, 2007
Richard Sand's "Lucas Rook" P.I. series is probably as tough and grim as anything the genre puts forth these days, and- I believe- purposefully presented to us lacking a final polish and editorial smoothness in the prose. The jagged story telling, which makes the reader work a little to connect the dots, nicely parallels the jagged, messy character of Lucas Rook himself. Speaking of that, Rook's contradictory and opposing qualities are once again here in all their glory, as our hero again gives the same unbridled enthusiasm to over-billing his clients eight ways from Tuesday as he does to genuinely seeking justice.
If you liked the previous "Lucas Rook" thrillers, you'll probably like this one, too, though for my money this one didn't quite reach the solid levels of "Private Justice" and "Hands of Vengeance" (I love those Mickey Spillane-ish titles, by the way). For one thing, the jagged story telling was a little TOO jagged at times, often forcing me to go back and re-read pages to figure out just how Rook was putting the pieces together. Second, the ending was a bit abrupt and would have benefitted from more elaboration, or an epilogue, to clear up a few matters. And finally, a shocking death or two could have been handled better. For example, it's fine (and often desirable) for a thriller writer to truly surprise readers with an out-of-the-blue violent death of a longtime supporting character, but one should show the character at least a little respect and not just lower the boom in an essentially tossed-off manner and then move on, with no exploration of the repercussions and reactions among the other characters. But, who knows, maybe such scenes will be thrown in at the beginning of the next "Lucas Rook" thriller, as the often reflective Rook looks back. Mr. Sand eventually does what he needs to do, just in his own sweet time.
Oh, and the plot this time out? Well, we have theft of hearses from funeral parlors, violation of corpses, the beheading of a beloved female children's show host, and child abuse. Mr. Sand never said he wants to make it easy for you.