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Permanence: A Love and Death Story [Kindle Edition]

Vincent Zandri
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Based on true events, PERMANENCE, is a dark "Hitchcockian" literary thriller about Mary Kismet, a woman who is holding onto a deep dark secret too painful and startling to reveal. Now, having isolated herself from the world, she attempts to break away from her demons by immersing herself, body and soul, into a passionate and erotic love affair with her psychiatrist. From NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author, Vincent Zandri, comes a literary mystery with a surprising if not frightful climax.

Called "hauntingly beautiful" by bOOk R3vi3ws, PERMANENCE is a tragic novel of obsession, dark compulsions, hard-boiled sexuality, and suspense.


“Vincent Zandri explodes onto the scene with the debut thriller of the year. The Innocent is gritty, fast-paced, lyrical, and haunting. Don’t miss it.”
—Harlan Coben, author of Caught

—Chicago Tribune

“COMPELLING…The Innocent pulls you in with rat-a-tat prose, kinetic pacing…characters are authentic, and the punchy dialogue rings true. Zandri’s staccato prose moves The Innocent at a steady, suspenseful pace.”
—Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“EXCITING…AN ENGROSSING THRILLER…the descriptions of life behind bars will stand your hair on end.”
—Rocky Mountain News

—Boston Herald

“A SMOKING GUN OF A DEBUT NOVEL. The rough-and-tumble pages turn quicker than men turn on each other.”
—The Times-Union (Albany)

“THE STORY LINE IS NON-STOP ACTION and the flashback to Attica is eerily brilliant. If this debut is any indication of his work, readers will demand a lifetime sentence of novels by Vincent Zandri.”
—I Love a Mystery

“A TOUGH-MINDED, INVOLVING NOVEL…Zandri writes strong prose that rarely strains for effect, and some of his scenes…achieve a powerful hallucinatory horror.”
—Publishers Weekly

—The Record (Troy, N.Y.)

“[Zandri] demonstrates an uncanny knack for exposition, introducing new characters and narrative possibilities with the confidence of an old pro…Zandri does a superb job creating interlocking puzzle pieces.”
—San Diego Union-Tribune

“This is a tough, stylish, heartbreaking car accident of a book: You don’t want to look but you can’t look away. Zandri is a terrific writer and he tells a terrific story.”
—Don Winslow, author of The Death & Life of Bobby Z

—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 3473 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bear Media LLC; 1st edition (April 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080PZ6XI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pulled me in June 29, 2012
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I might have enjoyed this even more if I hadn't come off reading another decidedly bleak book (Cynthia Drew's City of Slaughter). I should have mixed up my fare a bit more. Nonetheless, the central story and relationships kept me going, and I found that momentum gathered as I went along (although I too found the structure a bit choppy). I was able to guess part of what was going to happen, but not all, including the major dénouement. All in all, it was time well spent because I found the plot and characters memorable.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars some good - some so so June 16, 2012
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This work is told via Mary Kismet - her story. Her way, her time. There were only two characters in the story (of note) so they were presented and fleshed well. The voice of the "narrator" (Mary) was interesting at first. But, after a while it became tedious to read the deadpan monotone conveyed. I realize the short choppy sentence structure was to lend apathy to feeling that Mary had and was how author conveyed her lack of emotion. But, it left me feeling little and also lended to there being no twist. The tale unfolded (Mary's part) exactly as I anticipated after the second chapter. While the doctor's bit did add a little surprise - initially - until issues with him became pronounced (third day of trip) - then the writing was on the wall for me to guess (pretty much) what trip was about.

The story was well edited. I have never read this author before. I am not so sure I would again. Though I am certain many will like this tale, I just did not find the voice of the character narrating interesting, nor her story either.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It haunts me! June 21, 2012
By Misty
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With Permanence, Vincent Zandri moves away from the gritty noir that we're used to and delves deep into the dark story of Mary Kismet. Mary once was normal just like everyone else. She had a job as a travel agent and a family. After the tragic accidental drowning of her toddler, Mary's world fell apart and now she finds herself alone. In an attempt to ease her tortured soul, she clings to the love affair with her psychiatrist and follows him to Italy. There she finds out he has some demons of his own.

Zandri's chosen writing style takes you deep into the tortured mind of Mary. We see the world through her eyes where nobody has a name except her husband. It feels like she's just going through the motions all the while torturing herself with past memories of everything she's lost. As she follows her psychiatrist to Italy and things become even more complicated, I found myself feeling sorry for her and hoping she would have the strength to move on. However, toward the end, I started wondering if I ever should have felt that way in the first place. Permanence truly is a tragic novel of obsession, dark compulsions and madness. It grabbed me from the first page and haunts me even now.

Thank you to Partners in Crime and Vincent Zandri for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great and dark and gripping mystery! July 8, 2012
By IngaKS
Format:Kindle Edition
My review:

Permanence was the first book written by Vincent Zandri which I read. I enjoyed this novel tremendously. It was well-written, dark, emotional and sad.

The story is written through the point of view of Mary. Mary is a woman who lost her toddler and the reader will see into Mary's tragic situation. the loss of her child has broken Mary inside out and while reading you feel her pain and heartache. Mary fells in love with her psychiatrist, and that relationship is getting obsessive with every page you turn. It feels like Mary is grabbing to the last straw even though it's not. Mary's object of love is not an easy man and he has dark secrets to hide.

I loved Mary even though I did not understand a lot of things about her. I could understand her pain, but there were lot of things which made me question her decisions. She is believable though and Vincent Zandri did an excellent job with telling Mary's story.

It's a very interesting mystery to read and as mentioned I truly enjoyed Vincent Zandri's writing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burn, Baby, Burn! March 6, 2014
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This is a heart wrenching, emotional book that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Book One is a first person narrative summary that shouldn’t work (Where are the scenes, opposing characters, actions and dialogue?) but does because of the powerful subject—the death of a baby by drowning while his mother stands in the kitchen a few steps away smoking a cigarette.

The rest of the novel lets us experience this through other choices, whether we want to or not.

The mother falls in love with her psychiatrist (and becomes pregnant). We discover he has fatal cancer.

There are some parallels that really work—the fire her father caused, the one she sets at the end; there are others that don’t: her admitting she was responsible for the baby’s death and her killing the doctor. Partially this is because of the first person narrative. Rightly or wrongly we not only trust the narrator, but become her.

I think suffocating the doctor is too much a shock to credibility and I’m not sure that her baby’s death shouldn’t remain a mystery that we put together after finishing the book.

But the metaphor of rain and of water in Venice (where they travel) are haunting. The dilemmas the narrator has had to face, and we now have to face also, grip us because we don’t have any answers to them either.

This is a book you read and think about over and over and over.

- J. Lehman,
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseless
This book lacked any sort of logical plot and the relationship between the Dr. and patient was very unethical and lacked substance and was beyond belief.
Published 10 months ago by Marcella
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed
I bought this book after reading another one of Zandri's books which I loved. This one I did not care for. It was just strange and the writing was odd.
Published 10 months ago by Ashley Rauen
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't even bother!
I believe that this was one of those books that was fairly inexpensive causing me to foolishly purchase it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by DixieD
4.0 out of 5 stars Be surprised
Great little read-- a thrilling book for a small price. Go to bookbub and save and you will be surprised at the talent you can receive. Awesome!
Published 11 months ago by Bonnie Rosenberg
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Zandri's best work
I read almost half of this book, but finally had to give up. When you don't care about the characters or about what comes next, it's time to move on to something else. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Peter G. Pollak
4.0 out of 5 stars star-quality writing
First, I want to say how much I love this cover! It's interesting and compelled me to open that cover. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Wendy L. Hines
4.0 out of 5 stars Psychological Drama
I'm a psychologist, so from the get go, I assumed the title PERMANENCE to, at least in part, refer to the phase of development where young children learn that objects still exist,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pink Amy
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This book was a waste of time. I spent the entire time hoping that the empty plot would evolve. It doesn't. I've never been so annoyed with a book.
Published 12 months ago by Celina White
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Novel at its best
This is the second book I read from this author and again he delivers a great story, a dark novel, where the psychological side of each character is very well treated and taken... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Roberto Mattos
3.0 out of 5 stars Was sad, no happy ending!
I thought I would like this book but it tore me apart and I actually wished I never read it.
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More About the Author

Vincent Zandri is the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 16 novels including THE INNOCENT, GODCHILD, THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT RISES, and the forthcoming, EVERYTHING BURNS. He is also the author of numerous Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONLIGHT MAFIA among them. Harlan Coben has described THE INNOCENT (formerly As Catch Can) as "...gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting," while the New York Post called it "Sensational...Masterful...Brilliant!" Zandri's list of domestic publishers include Delacorte, Dell, Down & Out Books, and Thomas & Mercer, while his foreign publisher is Meme Publishers of Milan and Paris. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri's work is translated in the Dutch, Russian, French, Italian, and Japanese. Recently, Zandri was featured in a major article about his books and his thoughts on the state of modern publishing by the New York Times. He has also made appearances on Bloomberg TV and FOX news. A freelance photo-journalist for Living Ready Magazine, RT, and many more, Zandri lives in New York and Florence, Italy. For more go to WWW.VINCENTZANDRI.COM

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