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The Architecture of Snow [Kindle Edition]

David Morrell
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Book Description

One of the great literary mysteries of the twentieth century concerns J. D. Salinger. In the mid-1960s, the revered creator of The Catcher in the Rye suddenly stopped publishing and withdrew from public life. In David Morrell’s haunting “The Architecture of Snow,” an author similar to Salinger submits a manuscript after a four-decade absence. Why has he abruptly resurfaced? What caused his long-ago disappearance? When editor Tom Neal embarks on a search to a remote New England town, he uncovers the disturbing truth behind a tragic mystery that changes his life in unimaginable ways.

David Morrell is the critically acclaimed author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose, and many other bestselling novels. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, he is a recipient of three Bram Stoker awards from the Horror Writers Association as well as the Thriller Master Award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His writing book, The Successful Novelist, discusses what he has learned in his four decades as an author.

“Morrell, an absolute master, plays by his own rules and leaves you dazzled.”

—Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author of 77 Shadow Street

“David Morrell is, to me, the finest thriller writer living today, bar none.”

—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key

“Everything [David Morrell] writes has a you-are-there quality and that, coupled with his ability to propel characters through a scene, makes reading him like attending a private screening.”

—Washington Post

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Product Details

  • File Size: 201 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Morrell Enterprises (November 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D07SNC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,483 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite June 8, 2013
By ilosby
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a huge fan of David Morrell. This story didn't do a whole lot for me, though.

I really enjoy short stories because they are a one sitting read. If this had been a novel, I might not have finished it. Not saying it wasn't a good story, this just wasn't a story for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Morrell could easily switch genres June 15, 2012
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The Architecture of Snow is a brilliant drama that might become overshadowed by Morrell's more popular, mainstream works, such as the classic First Blood.

Fans of Nicholas Sparks might really enjoy this little gem. It's actually a short story of about 50 pages but I got so caught up in it that I read it in one sitting.

It begins with an old man, Sam Carver, stepping in front of a bus. Was it an accident? Or was the old man distraught? Who was he?

We quickly find out that Carver was an editor at a publishing house and had recently lost his job. The usual corporate business of moving forward in search of profits. Which means the old guard must go.

Then we meet Tom Neil, his replacement who has to go through all of the old man's business as quickly as he can.

That's when a mysterious package arrives that was addressed to Carver. It's a manuscript that has no return address and is written by an unknown author.
Intrigued, and against corporate rules ( Unknown writers are a financial risk and of little interest to the publishing world), Neil takes it home and begins reading it and he quickly puts the puzzle together.

The manuscript just might be the work of a famous, reclusive author who hasn't published anything in decades.

Neil's boss gets excited as he imagines the money that will roll in if the manuscript is indeed the work of the reclusive writer. Especially since the original contract locks the writer into a second book. So Neil is given the time to drive to the last known residence of the author and ordered to track him down.

But what Neil finds at the end of his journey is a bit different than what the boss is expecting. If you enjoy Sparks, you'll treasure this little story.

Hopefully, Morrell will find the time to write a few more of these kinds of stories because he certainly has the gift for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A winner March 31, 2012
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Beautifully done. I've read a number of Morrell's thrillers and horror stories -- this doesn't fall into those categories, but it's every bit as compelling. It starts with the discovery of a new manuscript from a writer who has, like Salinger, withdrawn from public life and has published nothing in decades; editor Tom Neal searches for and finds the writer, and the story of his search and what happens as a result is sad and moving. This one will stay with you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED March 1, 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two desperate people save each other.... April 23, 2014
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This story immediately grabs your attention and takes you through the real world of publishing. People lose jobs every day, but most bosses feel something for the people they have to let go, but this huge corporate being, just doesn't have the time or capacity.
By trying to find the author that could help him keep his job,Tom realizes that he's trying to hold onto something that really has no meaning for him anymore. Mr. Wentworth becomes his saving grace, and Tom his. I just wish that the story went on and on, it's a beautiful friendship that blossomed quickly and just as quickly it was over. The story made me glad to have read it, and sad that it was over. I love it!!!!!
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More About the Author

David Morrell is the author of FIRST BLOOD, the award-winning novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy trilogy that begins with THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE, the basis for the only television mini-series to premier after a Super Bowl. The other books in the trilogy are THE FRATERNITY OF THE STONE and THE LEAGUE OF NIGHT AND FOG. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is the recipient of three Bram Stoker awards and the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His writing book, THE SUCCESSFUL NOVELIST, discusses what he has learned in his four decades as an author. His latest novel is the highly praised Victorian mystery/thriller, MURDER AS A FINE ART.

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