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Denial Mass Market Paperback – April, 2002
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The story itself is decent. People are being murdered, and Frank must figure out if an insane man did it. Of course, things get a little deeper than that and a good ol 'Whodunit' breaks out.
Between Frank's wife, his buddy at the morgue, multiple strippers, cops who hate him, transexuals, a religious police captain, and Frank himself, you have a lot of unique characters to read about. The dialogue between some of these people is very entertaining, as you could probably imagine.
I give it 3 stars, because the ending left more to be desired, but is that intentional due to it being a series? I'll find out more when I read the other books, which I do plan on doing.
This is the author's first book, and you can tell that at times. However, with the other books almost being guaranteed to be better, this is a very good begining of a series.
As one who lives in Eastern Massachusetts, I was taken by Ablow's adept use of local geography. Clevenger lives in one of those big houses in coastal Marblehead that require two doctors to support a mortgage; he works and plays, if such a word can cover his particular recreations, in his rag-tag hometown of "Lynn, Lynn, City of Sin," and in equally gritty Chelsea. The duality fits the man, an abused blue-collar boy beneath a professional veneer.
With its sex, blood and lines of white powder, this book is not for everyone. But for those who like their mystery dark and their humanity imperfect, it's a real find.
Author: Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Viet Nam
Dr. Frank Clevenger is about as anti-hero as I have ever read; he is an all around addict: coke, sex, alcohol, and gambling. Plus, he plays the blame game on himself for every misstep in his life. I always feel when reading a mystery that the protagonist is my pilot, constant companion and must see us both successfully to the finish. After Dr. Clevenger, my next trip will be with someone more like McDonald's Travis McGee, who I can depend upon to not fold on me until the last villain is vanquished. With Frank, I was exhausted trying to get us both to the end without cracking up.
Frank is given a mercy job by an ambitious sheriff to sign off on whether an accused murderer's confession is admissible. The accused insists he is General William Westmoreland among other visions and ramblings. This murder sends Frank on a quest to find the guilty party who is viciously slaughtering his victims. The story is replete with abused and emotionally crippled victims, Frank included. The author's empathy and expertise are shown in representing these people. I admired the level of professionalism Dr. Ablow displayed in his understanding of state hospitals bureaucracy and the patients treated there.
"Denial" has a high level of eroticism that is in keeping with Frank's character; however, it may be too steamy for some readers. The book shows talent and promise. I will look for more works by this author.
-sweetmolly- Amazon Reviewer
In fact, some of his comments helped me with some work I am currently doing on my own childhood.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one! Thanks, Mr. Ablow.
The imagery is raw, detailed, and spot on accurate. I've worked in medicine and the law, and only someone well acquainted with the real deal could write in such a convincing, accurate manner. Some of the characterizations and plot were a tad trite. Ablow tends to embrace the mythical archetypes and stereotypes (the good whore, the doughnut eating cop). On the whole, though this book is easy to read, and hard to put down. I finished it in one long night, and recommend it to anyone who wants a gritty, grimy, crime novel that will carry you well to the finish.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent writer and wonderful psychological insights, but way too much graphic sex and gruesome violence.Published 11 months ago by A.K.
Awesome book. This dude knows how to write. Worked in the mental health field for years. And it keeps with the true heart beat of the illness that touch so many lives. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rhonda Martin
Could not put it down! Must read! Keith Ablow is an amazing writer. I have now read all his books.Published 20 months ago by Elizabeth jeffett Smith
The book was well written, the main problem is the author seems to reveal in drug use and abnormal, deviant sexual behavior. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Michael McLarnon
I had a couple of his books of his, but wanted to start reading the first in the series before I read them. Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by Lois Molina
My first book by Ablow was a great journey through some sick and twisted minds that this book has to offer. Read morePublished on June 14, 2011 by Luke D.