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Dead Ringer Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451410513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451410511
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,266,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is tremendous. If you enjoyed Red Dragon by Thomas Harris or Silence of The Lambs, you will love this one. I have read Smithdeal's "Without Sin" but this one is even better. I can hardly wait for his next novel. He certainly is an up and coming writer.
This one has a cruel side but fits right in with some of the gruesome things that have happened lately with serial killers. It is spell binding until the last. Please don't read the last chapter first and ruin the suspense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 15, 2003
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DEAD RINGER is one of those novels that starts out winningly enough and then sinks into a predictable, sometimes implausible, comfortability that other authors have done better with.
Scott Corbin is a serial killer who is executed due to the testimony of one Sarah Hill. Sarah worked with and had a friendship with Corbin, and she was surprised when she realized he was such a ruthless killer. Now someone is stalking Sarah and she swears it's Corbin, but how can it be when he was executed?
What follows contains some interesting scenarios and some suspenseful moments. It's not a bad read, just a little too cut and dry.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2002
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Smithdeal's first novel, WITHOUT SIN, was riveting, filled with memorable characters, unexpected twists and turns, and the ending was absolutely unpredictable. Well, he's done it again with DEAD RINGER. The author sets up a unique situation(never before done to my knowledge, and with a plausible medical explanation later), then involves his well-drawn characters(and reader) in realistic events that homicide detectives and profilers(well researched and accurately portrayed) face anytime they are confronted with the dark world of serial killers. The ending is entirely logical and deeply satisfying but you'll never guess it in advance. CHARLES SMITHDEAL HAS JOINED JOHN GRISHAM ON MY "MUST READ" LIST. Bring on the next one, Doc!! Take note, Spielberg!! These are thrilling stories that cry out to be filmed.
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When Charlie Smithdeal writes a suspense thriller, you never know what's going to happen--to the characters or to you. In his latest, Dead Ringer, you're hooked from page one, only you don't know it until it's time to check out the opening monologue on Jay or David. Then it's too late--you're on to stay, and maybe you can record Jay or David and listen later--maybe just the hell with them.
This time Charlie has an unbeatable set of characters, wickedly and believably flawed, which is what makes the whole thing work: his macguffin is so damned plausible, and yet he does it so artfully.
Not a soft spot in this bumpy, unsettling ride.
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By Pat Forbess on June 1, 2008
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I got this book from my local library. I read an earlier book of his, Without Sin, years ago. It was great, especially, the surprise ending. But, when I read Dead Ringer, I was so captivated, I could not put it down. I kept rooting for the lead character, Scott Corbin. The action was non-stop. And, the ending near-bout floored me; I never saw it coming! True, it has gory parts, after all, it IS about a serial killer. Don't pass this book up. I am now trying to find other titles by Mr. Smithdeal. I would definitely like to read all of his other novels. His characters are one-hundred percent believable.
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