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Overview An attack at St. Anthony's cathedral leaves behind a symbol of the mythological Sinner a vigilante legend since the days of the Civil War and sparks the curiosity of investigative writer, CK Ivors. Assembling a crack team of detectives and information hounds, CK begins a relentless pursuit of the legend, only to discover that myth is often based on truth and is sometimes more dangerous than it ought to be. As she edges closer to peril, she also discovers an intriguing diary that may shed more light on the mystery surrounding the Sinner. Entries in the journal of Beverly Scott Thomas are fragmented and dreamlike but also indicate there's more to the situation than meets the eye. Throw in a homicidal millionaire, a mystery cottage, and a few comic-book collectibles, and you've got the blood-pounding adventure that is Sinner. Features and Benefits Affirms God's power to redeem even the worst of sinners. Readers of suspense novels will love this fast-paced, well-plotted novel that allows them to solve the mystery of the book alongside investigator CK Ivors.
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Studio: David C. Cook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.96 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2007
Publisher David C. Cook
ISBN 1589190971 ISBN13 9781589190979
Reviews - What do customers think about Sinner: A Novel?
Author to Watch Mar 24, 2008
Wow! And wow again! As far as I am aware, this is a break out novel for Sharon Carter Rogers, and she just made it to the top of my authors-to-watch list.
Sinner is a story that, while somewhat predictable in outcome, is a compelling journey. Rogers weaves a tale of past and present to a surprise living-connection between two engaging characters.
CK Ivors is a name without a face to most of the world. But to her charming entourage she is boss, author, and Superman collector extraordinaire. The Sinner is mystery man, vigilante and urban-legend all rolled into one. He's been quiet for years but he's on the move again - wearing a cool grey coat. CK Ivors is desperate for the subject of her next book and finds it in The Sinner. CK and her team are some of the most engaging characters - and I do mean "characters" - I have met in my reading of late. Rogers does a fabulous job of making the reader fond of this unlikely collection of talent that hunts down the famous Sinner legend, and eager to read more of their collaborations.
The conclusion of the story finds CK confronting the past and The Sinner confronting forgiveness. It's a soft approach to the message that is accessible and uncomplicated. Sinners in both camps - forgiven and otherwise - will find this a poignant and fitting end.
I'm amazed at how adept Rogers is at pacing and transition, as well as the already mentioned character development. She weaves a tale of ins and outs that could leave you needing a score card, but does it without so much as a moment of confusion or anxiety. What should happen at just the right time - does, leaving the reader wholly gratified and not the least bit disappointed. Don't know where she came from, but this is one author I won't miss next time!
A truly captivating piece of work Jan 26, 2008
The short and sweet of it is that Sharon Carter Rogers has written an amazing piece of work. Sinner was captivating from the start. Her story telling technique drew me in and held me throughout. She masterfully employed a layering technique in both plot and character development wherein details and structure were withheld from the reader until it became almost crucially necessary.
The story itself is a brilliant concept. The world which Sharon created and the mythology of the titular character were so very well thought out and developed. Nothing felt rushed, stretched or required jumping to conclusions in order to get where she wanted you to go. In fact, I found that when I did jump to conclusions, I was more often than not wrong. And not because of the employment of some deus ex machina or literary slight of hand. Her storyline and subplots followed a logical, progressive order that kept every aspect of the story neatly wrapped up with no loose ends or unanswered questions at the end of the book.
As for the characters themselves, each was well developed, well executed and believable, from main character CK Ivers down to supporting roles and "extras." The dialogue and back stories made each of the characters interesting and each played their parts well with none seeming as though they weren't crucial to the story. And, I might add, Sharon showed us just enough of these characters to make me want more of them. I can only hope we will one day.
I have, over the past 4 months made a concerted effort to reach out and discover authors which I had not yet heard of or read. Sharon Carter Rogers is, without a doubt one one of the top three authors I have discovered and her name will be placed firmly on my "watch list" of other authors to always read whatever they have available.
I whole heartedly recommend Sinner. It is a gripping, captivating read. You will not be sorry you read it.
Great reading Aug 11, 2007
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sinner. Not only is it well-written, intriguing, and suprising, it's also a fun read. It's obvious Sharon Carter Rogers has a sense of humor to go along with her vivid imagination.
Addtionally, it's great to read a Christian novel that speaks the truth of Christ, without forcing it down the readers throat. The author does a superb job of examining the issue of sin, forgiveness, and redemption through normal conversation and everyday experiences(as normal as can be expected in a supernatural novel). A book I highly recommend.
Very different from other Christian fiction Jun 25, 2007
I just finished reading SINNER and I have mixed feelings about it. First I'd like to mention that the opening scene is one of the best I've read in recent times. Awesome! And while I found the plotline and mystery at the core of the book to be very enthralling, I also experienced a strange detachment throughout the ride.
I'm used to multi-viewpoint novels, but this one I found jarring. It quickly skips from one view to another, and I knew all these threads would tie together--so it didn't bother me, but with most of the POVs having strange names and very little physical description given, it's difficult to remember who's who. I had to keep flipping back, which is annoying. If you set the book down, forget it. You have to remember who's who, who's where and what predicament they're in. Regarding the strange names, Lincoln, CK, Junebug, Keena, Cyril, Maria Eliza Garces, Rebel, Chance or maybe it's Chase--not sure without the book in front of me, Galway, James Dandy, it seemed as though the author thought using her list of favorite baby names would be cool, along with her favorite letters: k, j, c, l, r and S, which causes a lot of confusion. I cringed every time a new character came on the scene with their clunky, funky name. The overuse of last names also, seems like a tiny detail, a preference thing really, but CK Ivors, CK Ivors, CK Ivors ushers formality throughout the book.
The author did a FABULOUS job at revealing little idiosyncrasies of the main characters, which were cute and fascinating, but there wasn't much beyond that. The dialogue, which could have been used to reveal more character depth was pretty blah and generic, with the exception of a few key scenes. I hoped to feel CK's passions, hurt, anger, frustration or something somewhere along the line, and I never got that satisfaction. I don't mean the author's characters weren't interesting or that they came across flat. It's just that I didn't experience the book, feel like I lived in that world, which I expect to happen when I read a book. While the intriguing story-question in this novel kept me riveted, there was so much about it that held me at arms-length and jerked me out of the story. With so many POVs, the protagonist in the story is not showcased enough. I don't feel like I know her well. Only the Sinner feels well-developed. If that was her point, than she was successful.
Also, I'm not one who needs a lot of character description to enjoy a story, but the author withholds facts about some of her characters until the end. Galway, for instance, is said to be old. So I adopted a certain mental image of him, thinking that's where the description ends. But three-quarters of the way through readers learn he's a chubby, Irish-looking guy with reddish wisps of hair around his balding head. And the MC's description isn't given until almost the very end. Also, journal entries from a Beverly Scott Thomas, who I assumed was a woman, were written by a guy. Beverly? Another weird name. Maybe it's a nineteenth century thing.
While the story served to answer the questions, SINNER didn't really have a converging climax like you'd expect from a book in the thriller genre. All the forces didn't come together, although the threads did, it just kind of ended after a violent episode, a story and a nap.
The story of SINNER is good, in spite of my negative comments. I enjoyed how the mystery unfolded. The piecemeal effect would have been more enjoyable for me with a wilder ending, more identifiable and pronounced characters--minus some of the crazy names. This book differs a great deal from most Christian fiction, which usually highlights at least one strong Christian main character. SINNER simply carries the message of God's grace, which I believe speaks louder than a sermonized chapter would. I do give the author applause for that, as it gives the book a broad-spectrum appeal in both secular and Christian markets. I'm just a reader who values character development and story pull as much as plot.
I do anticipate spectacular works from Rogers in the future. She has an entertaining narrative voice, a creative mind and a heart for God.
A Solid Story Idea That Fragments Mar 14, 2007
SINNER has all the markings of a really terrific thriller - a kind of grown up Nancy Drew mystery whose chief character is a writer CK Ivors who has a penchant for mystery and group coordinated investigation. As Sharon Carter Rogers begins to spin her tale the book has all the tension and feeling of a 'can't put it down' epic: there is a murder of a priest with a past history of unpriestly behaviors, a 'supernatural' hunky guy who traipses around in a bullet proof coat righting wrongs for people by killing the bad guys, a fascinating little group of thinkers and smart kids, police and wealthy men along with gangs, maids of glory etc.
The problem, for this reader, is in the telling. Rogers splices bits and pieces of incidents that are not always linked chronologically (not a bad thing at all) but fragment the story with a plethora of funky names that make the reader keep back-pedaling to stay on track. There is also the addition of a diary in a different font and graphic setting set throughout the book that has a payoff in the end but again blurs the progress of the novel in the meantime. Rogers has some absolutely terrific ideas ('Sinner' as a character is a fine concoction that pleads for cinematic realization) and her use of CK Ivors is very sound. The subtle introduction of spiritual values is well done. But for a novel that is supposed to be a spellbinder there is just too much clutter in getting there. It feels like the next outing will be a solid one, with the help of a more forceful editor. Rogers is a fine writer! Grady Harp, March 07