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The Legend of Devil's Creek [Kindle Edition]

D. C. Alexander
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Book Description

Caution: Story contains strong profanity and descriptions of violent acts.

When a mutilated corpse is found bound to a tree deep in the forest of remote Aubrey Island, Washington, residents learn that the murder mirrors, in every ritualistic detail, a series of revenge killings described in a century-old local ghost story. More abductions and killings soon follow.

Justin Riddley, recently transferred to the island’s small college, faces growing evidence that one of his new friends and fellow students may be the murderer. John Marshall, redemption-seeking captain of the local police force, leads the frantic murder investigation and struggles to figure out whether the killings are tied to the island's dark and violent past. Tormented by tragic wartime memories, and more convinced with each day that it is humanity’s fate to destroy itself, Marshall races against both the murderer and the specter of his own mental breakdown.

As blood continues to spill, Riddley and Marshall wonder whether there may be a dark, universal force that drives evil deeds great and small, and whether the nature of one’s childhood might sometimes, in the end, be all that separates the saint from the psychopath.

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About the Author

D.C. Alexander is a former federal agent. He was born and raised in the Seattle area, and now lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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  • Print Length: 372 pages
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  • Language: English
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92 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep January 8, 2013
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I have thought a lot about this book and the ideas presented in it. I found it surprisingly thought provoking. I say surprising because the first (very chilling) chapter made me think it was going to be a simple, bloody thriller. This is a deep story with well developed characters. The setting descriptions are great too. I could really picture the scenes, feel the rain, smell the forests, hear the distant screams, and so on. Some people may describe the story as anti-religious, but i don't really think that's the point of it at all. To me, it is all about the consequences of our fear of death. How our awareness of mortality and inborn fear of death effect our day to day lives, and society/humanity as a whole, both in the short and long term. A very interesting thing to consider. But philosophy and themes aside, this is a tense and spooky read. A page turner. Loved it.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multilayered and interesting January 11, 2013
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A bit gruesome for me, but I loved the underlying philosophy. There were also enough psychological layers that I want to reread it to catch them all from the beginning. A killer who may (this is a guess on my part) be slowly coming to terms with the early-childhood trauma that motivates his fury. A deeply troubled policeman fighting to maintain some shred of hope for humanity. A college guy coming into his own and beginning to understand how the same anxieties that cause common personality deficiencies in he and his friends might be the same ones driving the psychotic tendencies of the killer, differing only in magnitude (again, my interpretation, but I'm not all that smart).

I love how the plot descends into darkness to follow the onset of the Pacific Northwest winter. I also think elements of the story are a metaphor for life, and of our willingness to do horrible things out of a desire to keep living. I think that's really the main theme of the story. It's also really nice to see a mystery/thriller without the usual formulaic/chiched plot and flat characters. That being said, this won't be for everyone (like people who prefer simple, quick reads). And I could have done with a little less of the college guy antics, though I think that's just a matter of personal taste (that is, I'm over that phase of my own life), and I think some of it was needed to flesh out the characters. In that respect, it worked to hook my interest in them. They each reminded me, to varying degrees, of people I knew at that age. That definitely helped me relate.

What else can I say? I agree with other reviewers that the story is deep and definitely thought provoking. Deep is a good word for it.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read...... March 5, 2013
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As a mystery lover, I think this book could be a hit or miss. There is a lot of time spent on some college youth (boys) rather than the murders. They are taking a philosophy course and several of them have come from a really bad home life. I saw that some people thought that they talked about their childhoods & couldn't see young men doing that but I thought that the particular characters were believable.

WARNING: Gross murders & I believe there is swearing. I don't notice it but like to mention it.

If you are looking for a mystery based on the investigative end there is not too much in this story although there is some. If you are looking for an action packed mystery this is not the book to read.

It is kind of a mystery/story that makes you think. You actually feel sorry for the person committing the murders & there are enough characters to suspect although I pretty much figured it out pretty early on.

The things I didn't care for too much were the boyish pranks, and I would have loved to know what all the other characters thought after the suspect was caught. Believe me with all the dialogue spent on their lives it wouldn't have been a stretch to expect maybe 10 more pages.

I will definitely read more books by this author.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming-of-age intertwined with suspenseful murder mystery February 18, 2013
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Review of The Legend of Devil's Creek
5 stars

As much a coming-of-age novel as it is murder mystery, "The Legend of Devil's Creek" functions effectively in both genres. Justin Riddley is a college junior, a new transfer to St. Jerome's College on Aubrey Island, Washington, in Puget Sound. Despite his age and education, he is rather socially inept, all the more so for being so self-aware. He's never had a relationship, is amazed that other guys seem to want his friendship, doesn't play sports, and is almost pathologically shy. But it is his self-awareness that grinds the discomfort even more intensely, because he nearly constantly bludgeons himself mentally and emotionally over what he considers his inabilities and failures.

Woven in with Justin's story is an ongoing series of murders, and not the first set on this small island, either. In 1928 and 1929, after the bullying death of a twelve-year-old, a series of grisly murders occurred. Now, eighty years and more later, a similar set takes place; the unifying thread is that all the victims are absusers of children (and often, women).

This novel contains several multifaceted characters explored in depth. Additionally, there is Justin Riddley's personal growth curve; and the ongoing murder mystery. I highly recommend this novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Held my interest until the very end. Hope we will see more works from this author.
Published 5 days ago by Tommie Cochran
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual ghost story
This book was much better than I thought it would be. Suspense that kept me turning pages, and Alexander's sense of humor had me laughing out loud. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Deborah Cordeiro
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepilly good.
I loved this book. Creepy. Interesting, likeable young people delving into the phiisophical side of life while discovering another dark side of humanity. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Toni Cairo
2.0 out of 5 stars What the ???????????!
Started out good. Lots of twists and turns. Then it stops!
All sorts of details, clues, dates, nicely built up characters, and DONE. Read more
Published 11 days ago by hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
The author did a great job developing the story and bringing the main characters to life. If you enjoy suspenseful stories you will enjoy this book.
Published 12 days ago by Sandi Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific book!!
I loved this book so much. I discovered it through a friend who reads all the time. I told him I was looking for a book that was scary and intense, and also had very thought... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Tbone
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This was a great read!😀
Published 13 days ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written, held my attention.
Published 14 days ago by michelle himmerich
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised!
I'm not one to write many reviews. I'm not very good at it. I really enjoyed this book. I loved all of the characters, and it kept me guessing, or at least second guessing myself,... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Amber C. Mann
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It ended too abruptly.
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D.C. Alexander is a former federal agent. He was born and raised in the Seattle area, and now lives in Louisville, Kentucky. He welcomes and appreciates your feedback and can be contacted via email at:

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