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Ned Dunstan returns home to Edgerton, Illinois, a raffish and atmospheric Mississippi River city, as his mother, Star Dunstan, lies dying. Impelled to trace his tangled paternal lineage after Star's death, Ned finds himself caught up in a web of murder and other heinous crimes, not only in the present but also in a past that his elderly great aunts Nettie, May, and Joy would prefer remained undisturbed. The aunts, whose remarkable gifts include teleportation and telekinesis, frustrate his search for knowledge, partly to protect their own secrets and also to shield Ned from the mysterious and omnipresent force that seems to dodge his every step. He is aided in his efforts to discover the mysteries of his birth by a doppleganger who may or may not be his twin, and also by a lovely young woman, Laurie Hatch. She is the estranged wife of Stewart Hatch, an Edgerton scion whose own history is inexorably linked with Ned's and with the entire Dunstan family.
The secondary characters, from the elderly aunts to a lawyer named Creech who is the essence of the small-town "fixer," are deftly drawn. --Jane Adams --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Sympathy, empathy and worry for the protagonist as we attempts to sort out friend from foe, cryptic communications and his own enigmatic family. Read morePublished 14 months ago by imcasual
Again Peter Straub has disappointed me. The book was too many descriptive words and not enough meat of the story.Published 14 months ago by loves to travel
started off real slow but got to speed real quick lot of suspense right up to the and everywhere in between.Published 18 months ago by john ward
I was disappointed with Mr. X. I thought Mr. X was going to be more of a thriller rather than an expose on a supernatural family. It was Lovecraftian, I'll give it that. Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by Fritz Bishop
Although I loved the Blue Rose series and The Hellfire Club, my favorite works by Straub are those that focus on paranormal plot lines, like Ghost Story, Shadowland (my favorite! Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by anonymous
Easily one of the best works of literature in this century! Straub weaves a story that will stun your senses and blow your mind. Read morePublished on November 20, 2011 by Randall Brooks
I just read through the reviews and am relieved to see that I am not the only one who was a little confused with all the different characters and plots. Read morePublished on April 13, 2011 by Emily
Peter Straub is an extremely talented writer; with this statement I'm sure few will disagree. However, he has a certain tendency to force this talent down everyone's throats when... Read morePublished on June 26, 2010 by S. King Fan
Along with 'Houses without Doors', 'Mr X' is disappointing in comprison to Straub benchmarks such as 'Koko', 'Ghost Story','The Throat', etc. Read morePublished on April 4, 2008 by S. J. Buck