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Master of Murder Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1992

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (July 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671690590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671690595
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christopher Pike is the author of over forty teen thrillers, including series REMEMBER ME, FINAL FRIENDS and CHAIN LETTER.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Master of Murder" takes place in Sesa, Oregon, where 17-year-old* Marvin Summer attends high school during the day, and in his free time, he writes the extremely popular The Mystery of Silver Lake** series, a story line that uncannily begins to resemble his own present situation.
Although Marvin writes under a pen name (Mack Slate), someone from his hometown knows who he really is and starts sending him unsettling letters to his private p.o. box, concerning Marvin's investigation into the one-year-old "suicide" of Harry Paster, the boyfriend of Shelly Quade, a girl Marvin's had a crush on for years. But who keeps sending him these letters? And what exactly do they want from him?
Like a lot of Pike's books, "Master of Murder" has plenty of surprising plot twists, true-to-life characters who do some pretty crazy things in the name of love, as well as a one-year-old murder that comes back to haunt everyone. This is a very engrossing and fast-paced book, and if you're a diehard Pike fan, you'll more than likely wonder how much of this book is autobiographical, since Christopher Pike (real name: Kevin McFadden) is such a private writer, just like Marvin.
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*(The synopsis inaccurately states Marvin is 18 years old; he's really 17.)
**(Another error: Marvin's teen thriller series is called "The Mystery at Silver Spring" in the synopsis; it's really "The Mystery of Silver Lake".)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although it was published five years ago, I still bought the book and didn't regret one penny of it.
The master of teen thrillers, who beats R.L. Stine's books by a mile, wrote Master of Murder almost as perfectly and flawlessly as his previous books, which were also very good and attention-grabbing. Christopher Pike has the power to paralize you with his writing in such a way that you can't close any book he's written until it's finished. This was the best one yet.
Master of Murder was about a seventeen-year-old boy named Marvin, who was actually a famous author who had millions of fans and millions of dollars, but wrote under a pen name so nobody knew who he was.
He wanted to remain unknown, for two reasons. One, the last book of his famous series, The Mystery At Silver Spring, was overdue, and he was worried his fame would soon end. Second, he knew that his father could-- and would --take away all his money if he knew how notorious and rich Marvin was.
But then one night Marvin gets a fan letter that says, "I know who you are." At first he isn't that worried, but then more letters begin to come, and soon Marvin is caught in a mystery more complicated and terrifying then his own books.
I advise any other teens who are interested in young adult thrillers to read Master of Murder, and any who aren't, who could learn to love them from this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of my all time favorite Christopher Pike books. Actually it's one of my all time favorite books period. The story is delightful and the characters are wonderfully real. I've read this book many times over and it never gets boring or old. I definately reccommend this book to anyone wanting a good book to read. Also in both of Pike's Tales of Terrors we hear more of Marvin and his life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "queenjojo02" on June 16, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a huge fan of Christopher Pike, I loved this book. I read it for the first time years ago, and have since gotten my own copy and love it even more.
Tip - if at first a Pike book seems confusing, then read it again later. I began reading Christopher Pike in late primary school, and then in high school. While I thought they were entertaining, when I read them again now (at 20) I enjoy them so much more, and on so many more levels.
This book is one of Pike's straight horror/criminal type reads - there are no spiritual or esoteric themes that the later books have.
A great book to introduce yourself to Pike, if you haven't already. Once you start reading, it is very hard to stop!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Lee on June 11, 2000
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I started reading books written by Christopher Pike since the 4th grade. That was over 8 years ago. Master of Murder was my first entry into his world. Ever since then, I have not been able to stop reading his books. I currently own a collection of every single one of his books. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a wild fan, looking for signatures and such, I just enjoy his books.
To me, Master of Murder has always been my favorite book of his collection. I have honestly read the book from front to back 40-50 times. Yes, within 8 years, that's highly possible. I have yet to get tired of the book. Each time I read it, I find a detail I missed or a new fact overlooked.
I reccommend reading this book, because it has a genuine plot, that keeps you guessing until the end. At first, the book may be a little hard to understand, but as clues fall into place, a whole storyline becomes unveiled. It is a wonderful book.
Whether your at the age of 6 or the age of 26, read the book, and enjoy it, I know I have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2000
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I'm 13 and a big reader. I've read more than half of Christopher Pike's books. The are always suspenseful and mysterious but "Master of Murder" was, I think, the best! It had suspense and murder along with romance. It was very devious and worthwhile. I couldn't put it down! I was even reading it during my classes! It was like an addiction it was so good! I couldn't recommend it to you more! So don't debate over it just read it! I know you'll thank me later!
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