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The Martyring [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Sullivan
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Book Description

Finalist for the World Fantasy Award for best novel...

Kurt Hauptmann will learn to make stained glass to help men see the glory of God, one of the many bizarre heritages handed down from his ancestry. But the family has other, more frightening secrets. The path to God runs through darkness as well as light. And the bond of a family is blood, its own and that of its enemies.

What is the strangeness in Uncle Detlef, head of the stained-glass studio? Why has he descended from his cathedral roofs to steeplejack the perils of a secular world? What are his secrets? Why do the family's holy rites seem perverse?

Most of all, why are men getting killed in bizarre, archaic ways here in South Florida?

As Kurt gropes toward the truth, so does the tough and cynical cop, Jack Skelote. What lies before them is a limbo of murdered martyrs, unblessed, unholy, and unburied.

Editorial Reviews Review

Once you buy into the somewhat unlikely premise of The Martyring--a haunted German family of master stained-glass-window artists transported to modern-day Florida--you're on your way to an unusual and rewarding thriller experience. Writers as diverse as Loren D. Estleman and William X. Kienzle have raved about Thomas Sullivan's unique prose style, and it's not hard to see why. "At a second glance, the undefinable structure resolved itself into a building like a church pew, narrow upper story indented above the first. Within the soaring top wedge were a series of tightly hemmed rectangles that glittered like troubled water." That's young Kurt Nehmer getting his first look at the Hauptmann family compound in Padobar. His mother was a Hauptmann, so Kurt has been invited to learn the family trade--and find out why so many members of the clan die in oddly similar accidents.

From Library Journal

From time immemorial, Hauptmann family members have been creators of stained glass. Young Kurt Nehmann, a Hauptmann through his mother, leaves his native Germany to learn the family business in Florida. From the beginning, though, Kurt feels like an outsider. There are secrets and history of which he is unaware, and for a long time no one seems willing to bring him truly into the fold. His forbidding grandmother Gerta, his frighteningly cruel uncle Detlef, and his sexy cousin Ute all mystify him. At the same time, Jack Skelote, a middle-aged, recently divorced cop, is trying to solve a series of horrifying murders. As the body count mounts, Skelote finally concludes that a Hauptmann family member is responsible. Sullivan has created a tale that fits easily within the Gothic horror tradition, and some of the details of the grisly murders are suitably disturbing. Unfortunately, however, much of the plot is predictable, and the characters never seem to come completely to life. Recommended only for large fiction collections where horror is in demand.?Dean James, Murder by the Book, Houston
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 415 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press & Macabre Ink Digital; Crossroad Press Digital Edition edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069CIFL4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,642,160 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colorful as a Cathedral Window December 7, 2011
By Carole
Format:Kindle Edition
I love a book that immerses you in an off-kilter world that is a little bit familiar and a whole lot of weird. In The Martyring, that weird world is made out of stained glass. Gothic and beautiful, Sullivan's tale of family secrets unfolds in a way that made me feel like I was peering at a mystery through rippled panes of cobalt glass. To be sure, everything looks a lot more holy than it really is when glimpsed through a window of blue.

The prose, like the author, is completely original, but the sense of isolation and the bizarre family traditions reminded me of books like We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson or The Other by Thomas Tryon.

Absolutely lovely!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! May 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It has everything I love in a tale. Suspense, a puzzle, and surprises.
The tale drew me in, and kept me flipping pages.

The characters became people I knew, albeit rather twisted ones. The story grabs you and won't let you go. I can't think of a better reason to recommend it than that. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting September 24, 1998
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This was an "on the edge of your seat can't put it down" book!! I haven't enjoyed one like this since The Shining!
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Dcl70
I was really turned off by words like "portmanteau" in the opening chapter & throughout the bk.. While reading this bk. I never felt like it was set in the 70's (1976 to be exact). I'll blame it on the corpulent cat next to the portmanteau. The writting just reminded me of calculus - few people in the real world use it after college. In addition, the characters never seemed to come alive for me. Luckly the book is a short read o/w it would have been far worse. I will say the story itself wasn't bad - just everything else...
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USA Today Bestselling Author and Pulitzer Prize nominee Thomas Sullivan has been a gambler, a "Rube Goldberg" innovator, a coach, a teacher, a city commissioner, and an All-American athlete. Having lived in a dozen countries by the time he was six, Sullivan is at home in many cultures and across the literary spectrum from mainstream to genre. The Chicago Tribune introduced him as, "...a John Barth or a John Irving, with a touch of William Gaddis and maybe a dash of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr." Over 90 publishing credits in all fiction categories, his work includes eight novels in 22 domestic and foreign editions, journalism, non-fiction and active film options. Sullivan currently lives on a lake in Maple Grove, Minnesota, writing full-time and speaking internationally in venues as diverse as the House of Literature in Oslo, Norway, and American schools and universities. His inspirational monthly newsletter (Sullygram) is available free on request. Write him at

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