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The Auctioneer Hardcover – September 28, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1933618203 ISBN-10: 1933618205 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Centipede Press; Reprint edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933618205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933618203
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,838,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joan Samson, deceased. Wrote one novel, The Auctioneer, which was published to rave reviews and optioned for a major motion picture. She died of cancer shortly after publication.

Customer Reviews

I am forever glad to have read this book.
Edjumucated Eddy
A truly wonderful book, well written and a book well worth reading, possibly more than once.
Pamela D. Rothfuss
I read this book about a year or so ago, and I still get upset when I think about it.
impatient reader

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Ligtenberg VINE VOICE on November 2, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN 0380008424 - They only let me give it 5 stars, so that's what I'm giving it. There's no product description on this book right now, so from the back cover: "Harrowing tensions explode in a series of events that could happen anywhere, to anyone, just as they do to John Moore - whose days of freedom run out, who is stripped of his possessions, his courage, and his hopes, by the ominous presence of a stranger impossible to resist."

On the acres outside Harlowe that have been owned by several generations of Moores, John and Mim take care of his mother, raise their daughter and live life close to the land they love. One Thursday, when the local law, a one-man force, comes calling for donations to an auction to benefit the police, they laugh but donate. The Auctioneer is Perly Dunsmore, a worldly man who suddenly descends on quiet, sleepy Harlowe. As Thursday after Thursday passes, the requests for donations turn to demands and Harlowe's police force grows along with the power Dunsmore has over the town. What the townspeople end up giving goes far beyond the old furniture and rusty tools of the first auction. How far they have to be pushed before they fight back will shock you.

This book is truly a horror story and, if you begin by thinking this sort of thing could never happen, as you read, you'll be shocked at how easily it unfolds. The cover says "soon to be a major motion picture" - I don't think that ever happened, but it would make a great movie!

- AnnaLovesBooks
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Read this book, if you can find a copy. Buy a used copy, borrow it from someone, or obtain a copy of this book at your local library. It's a fairly fast read, and riveting. A novel, yes ... but you can't help but wonder, "Could it happen today? In the 21st Century?" I encourage high school English teachers to not only read this book, but find a way for their class to read it and discuss it. This book is (IMHO) a modern day classic. The implications, lessons, and warnings inherent in this story are applicable, even today ... decades after the story was set in a fictitious small town in New Hampshire in the late '60's. Topics that could be discussed and touched on are: bullies, extortion, and the expression: "All that is needed for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing." For a good scare that will leave you pondering human nature: READ THIS BOOK!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By daniel j. dugan on August 30, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
absoute evil,this book will slowly but surely curdle your blood.dynamite from start to finish,with an ending you will not forget.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jake Barnes on May 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A creepy, paranoid classic from the mid-1970's, this book is one of the best from the horror boom. It relies much more on atmosphere and impending doom than blood and guts, but that's exactly what makes it so wonderful. The plot is simple: a new auctioneer arrives in a small New Hampshire town and asks the townspeople for donations. But soon one family finds themselves giving more than they can afford, and the actioneer won't seem to take no for an answer.

The writing is controlled and evocative. It builds like a Shirley Jackson story, with a strong climax that stays with the reader. It's easy to see how this was an influence on Stephen King -- Needful Things uses the same basic idea. I read this based on the King's recommendation, and I can say it was well worth checking out. Find a copy if you can!
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Joan Samson has written a superbly crafted and exquisitely conceived horror story. Beginning in the most matter of fact way about a matter of fact family, trying to make it in hard economic times, the story builds and builds until you glimpse true evil in human form. It is almost a novella in length so the focus on this evil is unbroken and unremitting. The horror builds chapter by chapter until it reaches its searing climax. You will never forget "The Auctioneer."

The story will live forever as a monument to this very gifted writer. After many years of work on the book, Joan Samson died of a brain tumor just as the publisher was releasing it. She never lived to read the wonderful reviews it garnered many years ago. It is the final tragic turn to a story of human tragedy
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By Kindle Customer on October 31, 2013
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I read this book in the 70s gave it away and I've looked for it ever since, it's the best book ever .
do not want to spoil the book for anyone but it's not like you think . The book is way different and it's sorta horror but not the regular scarey stuff its the actions of the auctioneer that makes it different. Once you start reading it you want put it down and I'm getting my copy from Amazon.
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"The Auctioneer" is a genuine psychological horror story that goes beyond your typical suspense-thriller. This one left me somewhat shaken after reading the book. Jarring storytelling even though it started out slow, the horror still creeps up on the reader.
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