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Little Man [Kindle Edition]

Kent Sievers
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It is the dead of winter. In Omaha, Nebraska’s north downtown, homeless men are disappearing. Alex Capstain sees it when no one else does because he lives among them. For nearly two years he has called a doghouse home.
After losing everything to a failing economy, he’s working his way off the street one recycled can and odd job at a time.

Days away from taking the first big steps toward his dream of indoor living and a reunion with a daughter lost in divorce many years before, he’s beaten, robbed and left for dead. The driver of a church van comes to his rescue. Alex has no way of knowing the ride will put him on a collision course with a monster and the decades-old web of murder, corruption and greed that set him loose on the world.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1646 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1581249942
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Fiction Works (January 19, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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If you like suspense / mystery stories with a sense of place, and that place happens to be Omaha, NE, this is your book. Little Man is an excellent, novel-length send-up of the Akashic "Noir Series" of short story anthologies which are set in various American (and now international) cities. I got hooked on this genre several years ago reading Jon Talton's excellent David Mapstone novels - and this book is every bit as good as those. Author Kent Sievers combines here an honest everyman narrative voice, characters that run the gamut from "genuinely sympathetic, noble and likable mensch" to "utterly base and revulsive sociopath," and a skillfully interwoven set of subplots that will keep you guessing.

But there is more here than meets the eye: the characters in Little Man know and observe contemporary American society in some pretty incisive ways. As a photojournalist, Sievers has no doubt seen a bit of life himself, and his characters reflect this in their backstories, attitudes and observations. This is a real page-turner that kept me reading well past bedtime for a few nights - and also troubled me and made me think about the world we live in. Recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 year law enforcement career and I love it December 30, 2013
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Retired, after 30 years in Calif. law enforcement, I found it to be one good read! It brought back sounds, smells, the many people I've had contact with and even the department politics. If you've ever enjoyed a Wambaugh book, you will certainly enjoy reading Little Man. It puts you right in the middle of things without getting dirty. Truly enjoyable and memorable
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, evil, and Omaha August 9, 2013
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Perfectly paced, sharply observed, and set in a city that's dear to my heart, Little Man paints Omaha with a film noir cast. Horrific happenings in the city's gritty underbelly add intrigue to the story of a good man who falls from the middle class into homelessness. Kent Sievers's captivating novel approaches this blighted Omaha from many angles -- the homeless fighting the odds and the elements, the powerful who masquerade as saints while abusing the already marginalized, the tortured angels who try to do the right thing -- and lingers on the small acts of humor and kindness that help a man living in a doghouse hold onto both dignity and hope.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Itchy Hearts July 12, 2013
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Little Man will take you on a journey from a warm family's embrace, to the frigid world of homelessness, to the depths of a psychopath's relentless vision.

This book is all of the things other readers have mentioned: mysterious, perfectly paced, well researched, vivid and suspenseful; but it's also MORE than that. This is a story that scratches at the heart of who we are as a society.

What are we made of? Are we a society of citizens with integrity, who work hard and practice kindness? Or are we a society of plastic people who will go to any length to satisfy our hunger for power?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 1st book June 24, 2013
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I read "Little Man" in one day as it was so engaging I had a difficult time setting it down. I was sad to come to the end of the book. The story is suspenseful, touching and well researched. I can't wait to read more of Siever's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the details, and unexpected twists! May 14, 2013
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It was exciting to see a post about Little Man on Facebook. I just finished reading the book, and I really really enjoyed it!! It had some surprising twists, and I loved all of the detail about Omaha. There were times I could smell (the not so pleasant) odors, and feel the wind piercing cold! I've recommended it to a few folks already and will continue to tell people about it.
I'm looking forward to Kent's next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing, as well as heartbreaking January 3, 2014
Kent Sievers' "Little Man" is not only a page-turning thriller but a well-drawn study on a segment of society too many of us choose to look away from: the homeless. Your heart breaks over and over for the protagonist, Alex, who is desperately striving to make his way off the streets and return to a semblance of the life he once had even as he gets caught up in a web of corruption. Kent Sievers has incredible photojournalistic talent and instinct for storytelling and capturing detail with photographs; "Little Man" also proves that he is equal in those talents with words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! November 8, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. When you are a reader of mystery/suspense books you are able to figure out the ending and upcoming twists. This one gave me a couple of twists I wasn't expecting. The characters were well-thought out and made me root for some and really hate others. This was a great, entertaining read. I'll be waiting for Kent's next book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening read
This was a wonderfully written novel. I am an avid reader and I had trouble putting this book down!
Published 3 months ago by Michaeleen J. Roark
5.0 out of 5 stars More than I ever expected
This book is a spectacular fusion of mystery, thriller, and cop drama. Alex is the single easiest character to connect with. So much sorrow and malady on a man who never gives up. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anthony Cote
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a CSI story
As a former police-beat reporter, I can attest that this book tells it like it is. If you only like CSI-type stories with hot babes and cool studs, this book is not for you. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Phyllis Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars My hometown!
Great book. It's about our home town!! My father owned NiteHawke Cafe!! Although the author misspelled our family name -- it is Hawkes -- with an "e!"
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking and Entertaining
Little man is an enthralling read that keeps you going on the sheer prospect of finding out if the precariously balanced (or unbalanced) characters will obtain their goals, or if... Read more
Published 11 months ago by James M M Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, grotesque, heart warming, thought provoking
Disturbing, grotesque, heart warming, thought provoking. Little Man packs a big punch. A well written book with drama, terror, suspense and surprises. Very hard to put down! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kyle Benecke
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold on to your hat!
This book will render you motionless with horror, wonder and astonishment. As you approach the end you will be tempted to read faster... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul D. Sievers
5.0 out of 5 stars The authors experiences woven into this gripping book give it a...
If you already have empathy for the down-trodden, you should read this book. If you don't have empathy AFTER you read this book, check your pulse.... Read more
Published 16 months ago by sdjerry
4.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking thriller
This is a book that keeps you clicking through the e-pages to see what becomes of a sympathetic main character and the demons he faces. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bluekindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply moving... I've been shaken to my core.
You know how you get sucked into a really good book that you just can't put down... and once you finish it, it takes a few days to come back to reality? Read more
Published 18 months ago by JMP
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More About the Author

During the first thirty-four years of his story telling career, Kent Sievers' tool of choice was a camera. Working as a newspaper staff photographer with the occasional assignments for national media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, Kent has collected a wealth of real-life experience that he now puts to good use as a writer of fiction. Connect with Kent on Twitter-, Facebook- or his website at


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