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The Poison Tree Paperback – August 10, 1998
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The grotesque and the sexually explicit does not bother me very much when I am reading a good book. This was not a good book. It was oh-so-obvious that this was written by a man, and one who really doesn't know women at that.
The most unnecessary part of the whole book was the epilogue. It added nothing to the storyline and leaves the reader with only negative feelings towards the book as a whole.
I read it with interest right up until the big climactic scene when the whole plot fell apart. The solution made very little sense to me- it almost seemed as though the author had just tacked it on at the last minute to have an ending- any ending! That leads to a thoroughly disgusting and nauseating spate of animal cruelty that I find unforgivable. The author seems to be hoping that these atrocities will make the reader forget that the so-called solution to his mystery was ludicrous and wholly unbelievable. It didn't work- I was so furious by the end that I vowed never to read anything else by Mr. Strong. That's unfortunate because as I stated before, I did like The Death Pit. Makes me wish that I'd never looked for The Poison Tree.
Writers such as Deane Koontz have already brought us every imaginable form of cruel human depravity. I suppose it was only a matter of time until someone started in with grotesqueries having to do with animals. At one point we get a cat devouring the afterbirth and one of its offspring. The book ends with the protagonist's neighbor drowning kittens to feed to their carnivorous mother. I rest my case.
His storytelling gives new life to the tired old mystery.
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Tony Strong makes a good entrance with the premise of murder in a university town, especially when that university is Oxford, and the reader is set and ready for a town vs. Read morePublished on November 17, 2008 by Minerva9544
The posion Tree is a rather amazing debut and will turn on it's head all previous examples of murderous mayhem in an academic setting, which you may have experienced... Read morePublished on August 31, 2004 by D. Matlack
I found a copy of this book in a used bookstore and the inside cover sounded terribly interesting. However, when I actually began reading this book, I could not go any further than... Read morePublished on September 2, 2003 by renaissancewomyn
I picked this book up for a good vacation read as I like thrillers/mysteries. Although there were some good parts, as a whole this was one of the worst books I've read in a long... Read morePublished on December 10, 2002 by Book Lover
Finally! A great mystery novel with many literary allusions set within the academic world of Oxford, with no holding back whatsoever on human sexuality in all its many facets. Read morePublished on July 9, 2002
This is a stunning book, and is probably the best debut novel i have read in many a moon.
Tony Strong's actual writing ability is nothing short of excellent. Read more
This was an action packed book, great for everyone. I finished it in only a few sittings.Published on November 24, 2001
If there were an option for zero stars, I would have chosen it. I picked up this book from a remainder shelf at a local bookstore chain. I know, I know, my first mistake. Read morePublished on September 20, 2000 by MFS
I started reading with such interest, but towards the middle of the book, found it very lacking. Basically, it's a good plot with lots of potential,unfortunatley the author did not... Read morePublished on September 14, 1999 by email@example.com