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The First Deadly Sin (The Deadly Sins Novels) Mass Market Paperback – April 15, 1987
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Captain Delaney takes a leave of absence to care for his hospitalized wife of 30-plus years. During his leave, a murder is committed. One fall night, while Delaney is waiting for his wife's operation to conclude, a Brooklyn councilman is murdered most savagely in the middle of the 251st Precinct. Delaney goes to the murder scene to investigate; detective work is his real passion. He soon becomes entwined in vicious local politics and a major power play for control of the City. The Police Commissioner wants Delaney to conduct a secret investigation of the murder, while he is on leave. The Mayor is backing the assignment.Read more ›
It is a major loss to crime fiction that Mr Sanders is no longer with us and as others have stated Why oh Why did he not do the 5th, 6th and 7th in the Deadly Sin series. Perhaps there is a writer out there who can do it, but that might ruin the memory of these 4 great books.
Oh, about this book, it was almost a fantastic read but as already said by earlier reviews he slipped up on the ending. But you have to forgive him after creating such a wonderful main character for the rest of the series.
If you want a light read or a good suspense, go elsewhere.
A character-driven series, especially Delaney's character, the Deadly Sin books take the reader inside the characters' minds to learn causality and motivation. Of course, the details of each murder are laid out for the reader, but the focus is on the murderer and Delaney and the steady, but slodging pace required to do detective work, which consists of that slow but steady accretion of facts. Readers who want action, action, action best look elsewhere for their fix.
Generally speaking, the only books I reread are the classics that I taught when an English teacher--Silas Marner, Cry the Beloved Country, Wuthering Heights, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Night, The Turn of the Screw, As I Lay Dying, Lord of the Flies, and so on. So when I state that I've read this series three times, I am placing it in a pretty heady position.
So what makes this series so compelling? I think I "fell in love" with the character, the idea of Edward X. Delaney. This is the kind of man every woman wants. Besides being kind, thoughtful, and generous, he makes the most provocative sandwiches and pours the most exotic spirits and brews. As much as the details of the murders, Sanders creates Delaney's sandwiches with memorable strokes on the keyboard. In fact, put down Delaney's tomato sandwich as one of those famous scenes in literature.Read more ›
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Interesting characters, interesting plot, but it is waaaay too long and drawn out. I will keep reading until I finish it as I like his style and the story, but too much... Read morePublished 9 days ago by ME
I'm going to review just one aspect of this book - the author's treatment of God.
Early on, as the author is building up his protagonist (Detective Delaney), he explains... Read more
I first read this book in 1975!!! I've read it twice more since then! A little dated, but it is still spellbinding!!!Published 2 months ago by judy shewmake
I recently discovered this author, though his works have been around for a long time. I am now trying to read ALL of his books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Beth F. Volker
This is quite simply the finest detective novel I have ever read, and I have read it three times. The character development is superb. The detective work is amazing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Yes this was good in it's time. The second I could not finish. Not because the writing wasn't good , I just lost interest.Published 4 months ago by Tardive Zoar
I almost stopped reading this book because it was emotionally retching. I am glad I finished it, but parts were very disturbing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patricia Koubek
used book, outside of the book was in bad shape but inside was fine and the story and narrative is really awesome................... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Barbara J. Muskauski