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“The Man from Primrose Lane is a well-told story filled with darkness, horror, humor and surprising tenderness. And that’s just the first part. There is a moment in this novel when the story moves in a way so unexpected I actually had to put it down and catch my breath. Go ahead, see what I mean. I’ll wait here for you.” —Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
“The Man from Primrose Lane is one of those novels that will leave you torn: you’ll want to read it slowly, in order to savor every scene, but you’ll feel compelled to rush through the pages to discover what happens next. With uncommon skill and intelligence, James Renner weaves an intricate story of murder, abduction, and obsessive love. An incredible achievement—beautifully written and dazzlingly plotted, full of well-drawn characters and unexpected twists.” —Harry Dolan, author of Bad Things Happen and Very Bad Men
“The Man from Primrose Lane is a haunting, wickedly clever book. Part Dennis Lehane and part Murakami, the twist of H. P. Lovecraft mixed in gives it a taste like no other. James Renner starts off his fiction career with a bang.” —Jonathan Carroll, author of The Ghost in Love
“Set in the near future, this ambitious, genre-bending debut novel from investigative reporter Renner (Amy: My Search for Her Killer) opens with the brutal torture and killing of an elderly hermit, known as “the Man with a Thousand Mittens” (because he wore mittens in the summer), in West Akron, Ohio, and passes through the agonized aftermath of the presumed suicide of the beloved and troubled wife of bestselling true-crime journalist David Neff, who’s charged with the hermit’s murder. David, obsessed with finding the real killer and saving his four-year-old son from his worst fear, that the boy will grow up to be just like himself, painfully sets about clearing himself of the murder charge. He becomes involved with scientist Victor Tesla, whose time-travel vehicle takes multiple Davids on dizzying hunts for alternative-time child abusers, rapists, and homicidal maniacs. Punctuated by moments of desperate tenderness, this unusually demanding and grim tale provokes troubling reflections on guilt and innocence, good and evil, revenge and redemption.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Fully fleshed characters . . . vividly rendered. Renner’s feints toward horror add quirky interest . . . those who [make the leap] will be well-rewarded.” —Booklist
James Renner is the author of two books of nonfiction that detail his adventures in investigative journalism: Amy: My Search for Her Killer and The Serial Killer’s Apprentice. His work has been featured in Best American Crime Reporting and Best Creative Nonfiction. He lives in Ohio.
When I started this book, I hadn't read any reviews, and had no idea what I was getting into. I was fairly convinced at certain points that I was reading a murder mystery,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Liz F
I liked this book but I got a little confused with who was who. I stayed interested , I thought the plot twists were good.Published 6 months ago by linda
Wow, that was a thrill ride! Half of the time I didn't know what the heck was going on, but it all came together (sort of) in the end. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Minkman
I rated this book at a 5 because there are more things about this book that I enjoy rather than dislike. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Corinne S.
Renner’s invigorating narrative is a new twist on an old genre, and its refreshing that a novel could have so much interesting perspective and revelations in the realms of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Garrett Zecker
I'll skip the spoilers in case you enjoy torturing yourself with the lowest form of fiction.
Slightly over half way through the book, the author completely flips the... Read more
It was a bore, and very melodramatic. I don't like melodrama. And I expected a better sci-fi story. I was very disappointed.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
David is a crime writer, but he hasn't written in years. His publisher encourages him to look into the disappearance of a young girl, and he gets the writing bug, which sends him... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jenni French