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The Serpent Gowanus: Glue Pit Kindle Edition

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Length: 730 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 2107 KB
  • Print Length: 730 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482674092
  • Publisher: Lawrence Neumeister (December 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006K99DY4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lawrence Neumeister was born in the shadow of the Lackawanna Steel plant. He grew up in various bucolic villages, at the trailing end of economically depressed Appalachia, and near the Cattaraugus Reservation of the Seneca. After he graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia he was driven from the area by the "White Death" snowstorm of 1977. Since then he has made Los Angeles his home.

The Serpent Gowanus:Glue Pit is his debut novel.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Common Jake on May 14, 2012
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This book holds the reader on a static emotional rollercoaster. From the frolicingly heart warming, to the look over your shoulder fear of darkness. The discriptives put the reader directly into an "on edge" state of being, while also on a thought provoking stroll through the good and bad of the human condition. The human condition that is, both as it is now and as it was long ago. This is a difficult book to put down once you've started.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SDP on May 5, 2012
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I knew something awful would happen. I just knew it! But when? The author cleverly teased me with foreboding details and then did a masterful job of diverting my attention with rustic, rural descriptions and sweet, quirky old ladies so that the suspense, at times, drove me nuts. This author is adept at distracting the reader before he smacks you with the stark reality lurking in the shadows. Reading this book was like taking a walk in a dark but beautifully wooded forest and accidentally disturbing a patch of leaves hiding a rattlesnake about to strike.
The Serpent Gowanus is a mystery thriller that the author accurately touts as a "wild ride." For me it was a roller coaster. One moment I was touched with joy, the next I experienced chills of emotion and then sadness before I was violently thrown into a fear for the lives of the characters. A few chapters made me despair of what man is capable of doing to his fellow man. Others starkly reminded me that joy isn't the property of a privileged class, a caring soul can be found beneath a shell of anguish, romance can be expressed in the face of the cruelest desolation and love can survive as a purity within the walls of hell. Yes, this is a mystery thriller, but it is much, much more.
The author also frequently caught me off guard with the humorous, quirky, and the often-bizarre habits of the small town residents - to the point where I was laughing out loud. My husband was so intrigued with my outburst reactions that I was soon sharing possession of my tablet so he could discover the reasons behind my pleasure with the book. He tells me there is a bit of Dean Koontz and Stephen King lurking within the chapters. Perhaps, but what I saw was a clever new author with a voice all of his own. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carol rader on October 21, 2013
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Glue Pit is well structured with a strong, complex plot and a mob of quirky, loveable and very dark characters (Twisted John, The Duchess of Debt, The Ink Stained Crack Whore, etc.) who guided me through a compelling narrative that shifted between joy and horror, compassion and revenge--with an occasional laugh where I least expected it. The cinematic chapter “It Happened One Night” frightened me for days after I read it, “Prepare Yourself to Follow Me” (in the cemetery) is a clever bit of storytelling, and the adorably eccentric Afghan Alice (an outcast who finds refuge in a laundromat by crocheting malignant afghans of found laundry) is off-the-wall original and pivotal to the mystery. The descriptions are richly painted and the town is as much a character as the inhabitants. In the end, the intertwined mysteries are solved with enough left unanswered…perhaps for a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Pearson on October 6, 2013
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Having grown up in Gowanus Falls NY (OK... it's really Gowanda), I was unsure what to expect from a book written by a local from this odd little town. As an avid mystery reader, I must admit to being very impressed with the author's first work. His descriptions of the town and surrounding areas are dead on accurate and give a true feel of the place, with only the street and occasional bar names changed (and one street added to the 5 corners). The primary character development was good... slowly reveling more about the main characters as the story progressed. The author also introduced us to some of the unusual denizens of this town (some clearly fictional and some very real despite the author's claim to the contrary). It was fun to see which locals I would recognize next. The plot and the action were very well paced to keep me involved, regardless of my obvious connection to the location. Definitely a page turner. My only complaint was that it seemed to end rather abruptly, without fully resolving the situations of two of the main characters. Also, the love interest was left up in the air, but that may be resolved in a sequel. I hope so... I'd like to read more. Perhaps a change of career from chemist to PI is in the offing for Ben?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lori cortez on March 22, 2013
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Good fun. Delightfully twisted. Creepy and graphic enough to let my mind take it as far as I felt like. Wholly original, I have read nothing like it. Looking forward to the next emotional journey Mr. Neumeister takes me on!
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By Susan Coates on September 24, 2013
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The book is very well written and reminded me of a Stephen King mystery. The characters were compelling, and I especially enjoyed the way Mr. Neumeister went back and forth from the past to the present -- explaining events in the lives of the characters which led to their current situations. The descriptive phrases were outstanding. Mr. Neimeister has a vivid imagination. I must admit that several of the characters stayed with me long after I finished the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
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I easily immersed myself in the small town atmosphere, laughed with hints of Dean Koontz humor and marveled in the mystery like I do with a Preston and Child's novel. I look forward to the author's second book of delightfully depicted characters which will no doubt have me laughing, pull at my heart strings and keep me in suspense waiting for the revelation of the next "who done it".
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