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The Pain of Others (Letty Dobesh #1) [Kindle Edition]

Blake Crouch
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Book Description

Letty Dobesh, a gorgeous, degenerate thief, is fresh out of the clink and back to her old tricks—in this case, burglarizing suites at a luxury hotel in Asheville, North Carolina.

But when she’s surprised by returning guests on her last room of the day, she’s forced to hide in the closet to avoid getting caught, and inadvertently overhears a hitman being contracted to murder the wife of a wealthy lawyer.

Letty is hardly a heroine, but this puts even her threadbare morality to the test.

Only in hindsight will she see her choice to intervene for what it is…a dramatic fork in the trajectory of her life, propelling her toward a terrifying shocker of an ending that neither she (or you) ever saw coming.

From the author of DESERT PLACES, ABANDON, and SERIAL UNCUT comes this 10,000-word thriller novella, which also contains an interview with Blake, excerpts from all four of his novels, and two bonus excerpts.

About the Author:

BLAKE CROUCH was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. Blake is the author of four novels and numerous short stories. He lives with his family in southwest Colorado, where he is at work on a new book.

Praise for Blake Crouch’s SNOWBOUND:

The journey towards the end of SNOWBOUND is as chilling as the setting is cold. Crouch's gift for suspense has never been this personal before. This is Blake Crouch, scholar of words, parser of tales. With great humbleness and the back-up of a Booklist Starred Review, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. SNOWBOUND is simply superb.

You have never read anything like SNOWBOUND, a sweet nightmare of a book that is unforgettable on several different levels. To put it another way, it's the Highway 61 Revisited of thriller novels. Some of you know what a compliment that is. If you don't, let me end by telling you this: I was screaming at one point while reading, and a few pages later I had tears in my eyes. Readers pour through shelves of books looking for writing like that. Look no further. I can't give you a greater recommendation than that.

Praise for Blake Crouch’s ABANDON:

ABANDON would make an excellent movie, switching back and forth between the plain-but-sturdy homes, saloon and church in 1893 and the same structures rotting to dust in 2009...a clever dual story.

ABANDON [is] two separate works of past and present seamlessly melded together into a single novel that demands to be read in one sitting, so you can better appreciate the beauty of Crouch’s storytelling…[O]ne of those books that almost instantly puts you in the mind of a classic.

Haunting, fast-paced, and thoroughly engrossing... ABANDON is one of the most original tales of ghosts, greed and gold I've come across. Crouch aligns both eras so perfectly, it's as if the characters are occupying the same breath within the space/time continuum. ABANDON will be one of the most talked-about books of the summer.

Ambitious…the palpable suspense just keeps building, and many thriller fans—especially those who like a touch of horror—will lose sleep to find out how it all ends.

ABANDON is terrific…a great storyteller hitting his stride.

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  • File Size: 231 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I6D6FS
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch out whose room you creep into May 17, 2011
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I enjoyed this short story by Blake Crouch. I have just rediscovered his works after first reading DESERT PLACES when it first came out in 2004 and Abandon in 2009. Since I've blasted through all his available books/stories with Run being one of my favorite books - EVER. I like Crouch's writing style - can you tell?

"The Pain of Others" was a great short story. The premise has been used before - in other stories/movies but Crouch put his own little demented twist in it at the end. The writing was crisp. Letty was a unique "heroine."

Keep 'em coming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twist at the end June 11, 2012
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This short story starts as a caper-type thriller and descends into horror. Good story but at this price I recommend you just buy the 10-story collection of this author's work. Some people here say the story was short. I didn't think so, but I know a lot of people are becoming accustomed to buying a novel for $2.99. Oh well. Get the 10-pack and you won't be disappointed. He's a great writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In and out; a quickie January 30, 2012
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Short and sweet, all the intensity of Crouch's full length works. Even in such a short space, the characters are believable, sympathetic, and best of all, interesting. Of course, in typical Crouch form, the violence and depravity is there in full force, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too short June 2, 2011
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I ran across Blake Crouch after reading Run. I couldn't get enough and started reading more of his books. This one was way too short and I would have never paid $3 had I known 70% was an interview and parts of books I already read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but not enough for the price February 10, 2012
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I love Blake Crouch. This story was no exception. I was riveted until the end.

Unfortunately, that took all of twenty minutes.

The biggest downfall to Blake Crouch (and other authors, including J.A. Konrath, I'm talking to you) is their annoying habit of padding their short stories with tiresome interviews. Sure, he has clever answers. He's a clever guy. But that kind of inane banter is well more suited to a blog post. The other "padding" trick is to throw a bunch of "previews" of books on the end to try to seduce me into reading your other material. If you tell a good story, then I'll probably check it out on my own.

This story, while delightfully written in that creepy manner that we expect of Mr. Crouch, was certainly not worth $3. It is actually so short, don't expect to see a "sample" of it at the end of any other Crouch stories either - being so short, the sample of the story would have to only be 3 lines long.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good short (!very short) story... May 5, 2011
By judyh
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Good story, I should have read the description better! I'm a big fan of 'Run' and 'Desert Places' and was disappointed with this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Letty!!! May 31, 2011
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This story left me wanting to know more about Letty, note to the authors...write another about Letty whether it be her younger days or what is happening now. Loved the story!!!
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More About the Author

Blake Crouch is the author of over a dozen bestselling suspense novels. His Wayward Pines series is being produced as a TV show by M. Night Shyamalan and will be airing on Fox in 2014.

His short fiction has appeared in numerous short story anthologies, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and many other publications.

Blake lives in Colorado. To learn more about what he is doing, check out his website,, follow him on Twitter - @blakecrouch1 - or on Facebook at

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