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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: P Mass Paper; 1 edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786021543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786021543
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,615,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CRAIG LARSEN is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Columbia Law School. A single father, he has lived in Northern California, New York, and in Europe. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.


Customer Reviews

I thought this was a great mystery....really kept me guessing until the end.
Sarah White
The plot itself is interesting, but there are too many characters doing illogical things for no realistic reason to make this story enjoyable.
Greg Sumner
I was hoping for a pay-off at the end of the book, that's why I didn't stop reading it and there really wasn't one.
Stacy Krueger

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lynn McNamee on November 27, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Plot/Storyline: 3 Stars

This book starts off with a bang, or perhaps a slice. Either way, it's a terrific start that pulls you right into Nick's world as he and his brother are attacked by a vagrant, an attack which results in his brother's death.

The story then goes back in time to a couple of months before the attack. This is a common tactic, but it's still not one of my favorites. I don't really like knowing what happened first. My dislike stems from the fact that when I already know what happened, I find myself rushing through the back-story with a `get to the action' attitude. This author does do a better job using this format than some because he switches from past to present often, telling the current and the back-story at the same time. It did get a little confusing now and then, especially when I had to put the book down for awhile to do other things. However, overall, it was an interesting way to tell the story.

The story is told mostly from Nick's viewpoint, which is an excellent method to hold suspense due to his brief memory lapses. However, for some inane reason, there are occasional bits thrown in from other viewpoints. Not only are these portions unnecessary, but one such bit actually gave away a major spoiler. It wasn't a direct giveaway, just one sentence that hinted at something, and perhaps some people will miss it. After reading that bit, I kept thinking, "No, I have to be wrong. No author would give so much away right in the beginning." Unfortunately, I was not wrong, which ruined quite a bit of the ending for me.

As I stated, the book starts off at a good pace with a fast draw, but there are some middle portions that drag almost interminably. For instance, Nick makes a trip to visit a childhood girlfriend.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on November 9, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
MANIA is one of the most impressive thriller debuts of 2009. Craig Larsen, who started writing what he describes as "Dick and Jane" stories at a very early age, apparently has decided not to stick with that genre. The loss to children's literature is indeed the thriller genre's gain.

The heart of MANIA lies with Nick Wilder. Be forewarned: Nick is not a particularly sympathetic character. It is evident almost from the beginning that there is something wrong with him. A freelance newspaper photographer who barely ekes out a living, Nick constantly has blackout spells, repressed memories, hallucinations --- and a habit of turning up at murder scenes where the guest of honor is a victim of a Seattle serial killer known as the Street Butcher. Nick does this so frequently that it has caused a split in the Seattle police department between Adam Stolie, the detective investigating the case, and Lieutenant Dombrowski, Stolie's superior officer. Stolie thinks that Nick is innocent, just unlucky, while Dombrowski believes he is guilty as sin.

The worst part about it is that Nick isn't totally sure himself. His older brother, Sam, is wildly successful and very supportive of him. But Nick is jealous --- and he keeps having these weird memories of Sam, memories that are not only strange but incomplete as well. While so much is wrong with his life, there is Sara Garland. He meets her in a coffee shop, and it is like love at first sight. Sara is beautiful, intelligent and wealthy, but most importantly, she is incredibly supportive of Nick as she aggressively pursues him. How can a loser like Nick be so lucky? Well, for one thing, as we discover, he is definitely not a loser...but there is something that is most definitely wrong with him.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By F. Martins on November 13, 2009
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The story kept me off balance and guessing from the first page. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Larsen twisted the plot another direction. Will we see Nick again?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jordan on August 21, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Full disclosure: I won this book.

I entered a giveaway for this book based on a small blurb of a description. It was the best giveaway I've ever entered. The plot of this book requires the reader to think and to engage in the action or risk losing the threads of the story. The title couldn't be more appropriate. I read this book in a fever. I couldn't put it down and when I was forced to, I mean you've gotta eat right, all I could think avbout was what would happen next. I devoured this book in a day. Nick and his brother are attacked and from there, Nick's life unravels. The past and present are mixed together throughout this book as Nick's mind jumps around trying to figure out exactly what is going on in Seattle. I would describe the plot flashes back and forth as that of Pulp Fiction. Everything will make sense at the gripping, heart-racing end. You won't be able to put this book down once you get within several chapters of the conclusion. Is Nick guilty of murder? Was his childhood really as he remembers it? Is he mentally ill? Exactly who is this woman who has no business loving a man like Nick? You'll be guessing to the end and even then, you'll probably guess wrong.

If you like your thriller/mystery books to be intelligent, then this book is for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 7, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Seattle Telegraph newspaper photographer Nick Wilder has always looked up to his brother Sam; who is on his way to becoming a billionaire if the drug trials for the anti-psychotic Matrix Zarcon holds up as expected. Nick currently covers the brutal murders of men so unrecognizable their family members could not identify them. He becomes part of the story when a homeless man without shoes stabs and kills his sibling.

The incident triggers in Nick flashbacks and hallucinations that make him and the police wonder if he is the vicious psychopathic killer who murdered his own brother. In a coffee shop, Nick meets Sara Garland, stepdaughter of the Telegraph's owner Jason Hamlin. They hit if off and she helps him cope with the nasty hallucinatory incidents and horrific dreams that he fears are repressive memories. The cops question Nick re Sam's murder and that of another victim, but let him ago as they lack evidence although Police Lieutenant Dombrowski believes he allowed the killer to leave; he plans to find proof to lock away this maniac for life.

Throughout the story line Nick struggles with his sanity as he is unable to delineate reality from dreams of events that happened to him. The audience is as unsure whether Nick is the killer or suffering from some other psychotic derangement. MANIA is a fascinating thriller that delves deep into the mind of a struggling protagonist who ponders what reality really is. Although a final spin seems over the top of the Needle fans will relish this action-packed psychological thriller starring a beleaguered hero who no longer has the mental fight to argue with people telling him what the truth is.

Harriet Klausner
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