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The Thomas Berryman Number Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1996
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What James Patterson did in this book was to tell the story from the point of view of a reporter who is following the story of an assassin - Thomas Berryman. We are basically reading over the reporter's shoulder as he writes his journal, conducts his interviews and puts together his story ideas. Where it falls off the tracks are the occasional places where we are suddenly put into Berryman's mind when Ochs Jones (the intrepid reporter telling the story) doesn't ever manage to talk to him. Ochs talks to Berryman's girlfriend Oona Quinn (neat name, huh?), his friend Ben Toy (who is in an asylum), and various other people surrounding the case, but never Berryman, so putting us into Berryman's mind feels a bit like cheating.
Nonetheless, this is an interesting story and Patterson does a good job of putting us into the mindset of the late 1960s and early 1970s, especially in the south, where racial tensions were still high and segregation was still the norm. Busing was still an issue and the election of a black man (Jimmie Horn) to be the mayor of Nashville was a big deal. When Horn decides to run for Governor, that's when things start to get really ugly and the death threats start to kick in.
It would be very difficult to provide much information about the plot without throwing out spoilers, so I will leave it at that. Please note that this book is written in the vernacular of the time - late 1960s and early 1970s - not the modern "PC" jargon - so if you are going to be the type to get offended by that, please bear that in mind.Read more ›
latest books, decided to try his earlier ones. I have never NOT finished a
book until this one. I thought it was terrible. Its short chapters were 76
pages long, the characters were jumbled together. I hated it...It proves that writers
or anyone in their chosen occupation can get better. I love Alex Cross & Lindsay
Boxer and many others. This one you can forget.
(1) How on earth did this ever get published?
(2) What tasteless literary jury gave this an edgar for a first novel?
Don't waste your time on this. I pushed myself to read about 100 pages of it and it never got any better.
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A good read. Reminded me of tales written by Southern writers. It left me with lots of things to speculate about.Published 19 days ago by Liz824us
I love James Patterson's books. However, this one was hard for me to follow.Published 22 days ago by Irene
Of all the James Patterson books I enjoyed this book the least.Published 22 days ago by Marina de Beer
Hated this book. Jumped all over the place and was hard to follow. I usually love James Pattersons books, but this one leaves the reader bored and confused. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patricia Murdock Pitts
The Death MerchantThis is one of James' disjoined and confusing difficult reads right up to the end. But all-in-all, the book was enjoyable.Published 3 months ago by Clifford Roberts
The Thomas Berryman Number is a simple story that is a horribly tedious read, as it rapidly hops around in time and between characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S Smyth