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Eleven Days Mass Market Paperback – May 4, 1999
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Harstad also has the ability to let the reader know that something bad is going to happen when his characters cannot. The whole time reading the book I found myself saying "turn around" or "go back and double check". It truly made the book a chilling read.
There are parts in this book that are quite grusome, so this novel may not be for the squimish. Remember this is based on true facts which also makes it pretty scary in the more violent scenes. I strongly recommend!
The story centers around a series of homicides in a small Iowa town. There is a lot of involvement with a satanic cult and the action and storyline are fairly fast paced. While Harstad definitely seemed to know what he was writing about intimately, his police background was also the weak point of the book and a major portion of why I only rated the book a six.
My major problem with Harstad's writing style was all of the technical police jargon. I personally don't need to read through an entire police radio conversation that consists mostly of codes. It was ok to get a look at a policeman's life through the eyes of the main character, but I found some of the mundane stuff to get kind of boring.
All in all, this was a decent book with a strong plot and good story-telling. I felt the characters to be explored fairly well and they seemed believable. I wasn't really too thrilled with the ending, but it didn't really detract from my enjoyment of the novel either.
There's nothing better than a good read that's well-written. That's what you'll get with Eleven Days.
Donald Harstad in his novel Eleven Days creates an every man character with Carl Houseman, with his understated ways and tongue in cheek humor. The environment of the station house and the various people who populate the story are both interesting and ordinary. Many of us know a Sally who wants more from life and Hester who constantly has to prove herself to the guy's club.
The mystery itself is riveting and grisly. It leads the reader along at a fast pace until the final conclusion. For those who appreciate the genre it is an easy sell. Others may feel the gory details are excessive. Some readers may disprove of the "ordinary" characters and style of the author. To me this is part of the appeal of the book . I first read Known Dead by the author and wanted to read other books by Mr. Harstad and am glad that I did.
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Eleven Days is a good sold police procedural as told by one of the police officers on the case in a small Midwestern town. While it doesn't break any new ground, it is a fun read. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Novel Man
Very good detective story. If you are a cop or an ex-cop you will love the cop humor and the clever way the story weaves itself through the multiple surprises, twists and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim Stephens
When I started reading Eleven Days by Donald Harstad, I didn't know what I was in for. Steady pace, colorful characters in a police procedural like I've never read before. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mima
Just finished reading this book for the 2nd time. I read it more then 10 years ago. I enjoyed it as much now as I did then. It was hard to put this book down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. Palen
I'd never read a police procedure novel before, but now, based on this novel, I'll probably look for others in this genre. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dave Marble