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Spiders and Flies [Kindle Edition]

Scott Adlerberg
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Book Description

An American fugitive in Martinique recovering from a six hour marriage. A young woman who has a cat for a best friend. A wealthy couple who bicker so much they make solitary life seem irresistible and a yoga-practicing midget with lethal karate skills These are a few of the players at the heart of Spiders and Flies, the story of an abduction gone wrong. Set in the lush sun-drenched tropics, the novel captures the deepest fears and desires of the people drawn into the kidnapper's web. A drama that unfolds with twisty suspense and dark humor, it sheds a skewed light on the notions of family ties, loyalty, deceit, and friendship.

"Scott Adlerberg is a terrific storyteller and Spiders and Flies belongs on your bookshelf." -Jason Starr, Anthony Award-winning author of The Craving

"Adlerberg's Paul Raven is that rare kind of character - a predatory schemer we nonetheless can't help but identify with through the many twists and turns this story takes him on. The Martinique setting provides a palpable, sensuous, and vivid atmosphere, making it almost a character itself. I was totally immersed from start to finish." -Larry Dark, Director of The Story Prize

Product Details

  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harvard Square Editions (October 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New and Fresh November 21, 2012
A handful of eccentric characters are drawn together in an
ever-tightening plot towards an unnerving denouement. Set primarily
on the island of Martinique, Spiders and Flies offers us an abundance
of richly evocative details of that island. At the same time, it
plunges us into the dark inner landscapes of characters pursuing their
own pleasures regardless of the consequences. As the story unfolds,
the darkness and the beauty mingle, creating a heady reading
experience. You won't forget this book, for the horror evoked by
Scott Adlerberg's fiction has the disturbing ring of truth.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweaty noir March 14, 2000
In a short book, Adlerberg gives a travelogue of the emotional landscape of noir, with snapshots of isolation, passion, treachery, longing, and sociopathology. Paul Raven is as alienated an anti-hero as they come: unspeakably lonely, self-justifying of the most appalling acts, oblivious to consequences. Born into a different set of circumstances, he could be Gordon Gekko. This is a book at home on the shelf with early Ian MacEwan. A great vacation read, though perhaps not for those who want to lay on a Caribbean beach.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT PAGE TURNER March 21, 2000
Spiders and Flies is a gripping and thrilling ride into the psychological underbelly of desperation and desire. Vividly hallucinatory and lush, this book kept tight in its visceral web from the first page to the last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Spiders & Flies caught me in the first chapter then weaved me into its dense cocoon. Dark and tense, at times very funny, the characters are wonderfully deceitful throughout this page-turner. Each have their own agenda and it builds into a scrimmage for survival in the steamy heat of the Caribbean. Alderberg's description is spot on. He paints a vivid picture of New York City -vs- Martinique shantytowns, the desperate haves and have-nots, all with sharp humor and characters in this tense caper. I recommend it to fans of modern crime fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterwork of suspense February 6, 2000
By A Customer
Adlerberg has woven a masterful tale of suspense that is a compulsive and satisfying read. Set on the sultry island of Martinique, "Spiders and Flies" is a story of kidnapping, seduction, and betrayal. An ideal book to curl up with on a cold winter's night or to accompany you on a beach vacation, the author has provided readers with what has become an increasing rarity in the world of fiction--a thrilling story that is impossible to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As creepy as they come April 24, 2014
This novel is wonderfully disturbing, with characters you follow with both fascination and queasiness. Alderberg does a terrific job of drawing us into his web, making us capitulate to his dark vision. His evocation of Martinique is truly masterful, and I loved his leisurely assured pacing. But don't make the mistake I did, of reading it at bedtime, unless you want swirling chaotic dreams!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bang Your Fist Against the Floor for SPIDERS AND FLIES December 14, 2013
By RNz
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Not for the faint of heart, Adlerberg's decidedly creepy novel reads like the bastard child of Poe and Charlotte Bronte had grown up in the '80s and had gorged himself on rum and late-night Mario Bava films. The gothic style of the writing plays well with the melodramatic characters and plot. In a long first-person prologue, we meet Paul Raven, an orphan adopted by a twisted family who grows up to be pretty twisted himself. In the main section of the book, Adlerberg switches to third person as he follows Raven's insinuation into an unhappy couple's marriage in order to execute a kidnapping. Make no mistake: There are no heroes here. Raven is the most symathetic character, and he's no angel. This is an unusual and unsettling read, with moments of violence and characters that are disturbing. In fact, you'll probably feel a little dirty after reading it. And that's a good thing. A particular standout: Adlerberg's deromanticizing of exotic places, such as Martinique, make this a unsettlingly noirish travelogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent noir October 23, 2013
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The whole time I sat reading Scott Adlerberg’s novel SPIDERS AND FLIES, I kept thinking of the movie ANGEL HEART starring Mickey Rourke. And couldn’t figure out why at first. The stories aren’t similar, other than both contain supernatural elements, but the movie was set mostly in New Orleans and a bit in New York City, whereas Adlerberg’s novel takes place mostly in Martinique. And then it struck me. It physically and emotionally felt the same in both experiences—both forms cast a spell with atmospheric and nightmarish qualities that permeated my senses. Close to what Jung meant when he spoke of the realm of the subconscious being where truth resides. Adlerberg uses language in the best way—to create a film in the mind.

If you took the plot and outlined it, it probably wouldn’t make much sense. It certainly isn’t realistic or a portrayal of life from any “real” world. This isn’t the kind of noir that features meth addicts slashing and gashing their way through a redneck environment. This is noir of the highest order—the darkness of the soul and the nightmare we all seek to avoid but always know is there.

I think that’s why I kept thinking of ANGEL HEART. This was the first and perhaps only film I’ve ever seen that portrayed New Orleans accurately, with its dark undercurrents of savagery and primitivism. Unlike those horrid films like THE BIG EASY which were laughable and from which many native New Orleanians walked out of its showing in NOLA, either laughing or shaking their fists at the portrayal of a city that movie misinterpreted entirely. ANGEL HEART got New Orleans spot on and SPIDERS AND FLIES gets noir spot on. Certain of Faulkner’s novels do the same.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Good
I'll make this quick, this is NOT a good book. Strange uninteresting characters, too many loose ends and the most unbelievable story line. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bea
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Like The Narrative
The first part of the book felt unrelated to the remainder of it -- like it was just being forced together with the occasional sentence. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Junius Xavier
4.0 out of 5 stars This book caught me off guard
I don't normally read dark horror stories. This one grabbed me from the beginning. The style of writing is different but consistent. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mike Kleinmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted but Good
Got this book via the Kindle Buffett app and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. Read more
Published 21 months ago by UBizz
1.0 out of 5 stars Very unhappy with this book
It did not flow at all. The violence was crude, the characters were not developed at all. I could not get through more than 40%, which was a real push. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Judy Burgraff
1.0 out of 5 stars bad book
It was creepy. I only read a small part of it and stopped. If it was a paperback I would throw it away.
Published 22 months ago by terry s brower
4.0 out of 5 stars A Thriller
A definite thriller,it has all of the legs of a spider and you are the fly caught in it's web!!! A very good plotline,it kept me turning the pages. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Elaine White
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition to my Kindle library. I am always appreciative of the...
Nice addition to my Kindle library. I am always appreciative of the free book offerings for my Kindle. Thank you!
Published 22 months ago by Nina Sala-Gault
1.0 out of 5 stars Web attack
How to start? Prologue to long. Not enough dialogue. Too many points of view and an ending that falls on its face
Published 23 months ago by joyful27
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Scott Adlerberg grew up just outside New York City. While doing his graduate work in Martinique, he came to see its lush beauty as the perfect sitting for a crime story, mingling beauty and terror. His previously published fiction includes THE HUNTING HEART, a story collection of dark fantasy. He lives in Brooklyn with his family, and he co-hosts the Word for Word Reel Talks film commentary series each summer at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival in Manhattan.

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