- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (August 23, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250078334
- ISBN-13: 978-1250078339
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,964,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Face Blind: A Mystery Hardcover – August 23, 2016
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"Well-paced... Hawvermale throws in plenty of action while allowing characters time to discuss and explore the series of mysteries they face... the unusual setting and well-drawn characters still intrigue."- Publisher's Weekly
Praise for Lance Hawvermale and The Tongue Merchant
"Deftly written, [Hawvermale's] debut is full of appealing characters and moments that sparkle with tenderness."- Publisher's Weekly
"The Tongue Merchant reads like a bestseller . . . a fast-paced, witty mystery with wonderful multilayered characters and a whopper of a climax. Lance Hawvermale has crafted a gem that was a pleasure to read. Get ready to become a Hawvermale fan!"- Johnny Quarles, bestselling author of Fool's Gold
"Hawvermale expertly weaves complex characters and secrets, luring you from one chapter to the next. His prose is at the same time smooth and riveting, and his detective will stay with you even after you've closed the back cover."- Jean Rabe, author of the Finest series
"Hawvermale, balancing suspense with character study, includes enough pauses between the adrenaline-pumping scenes to give his leads the time they need to grow."- Kirkus Reviews
"[Hawvermale] pushes the envelope, taking the commonplace theme of women?s friendships into dangerous territory and dramatizing what women can do not just to help themselves, but also to bring justice to others."- Booklist
"Hawvermale creates dynamic three-dimensional characters you care about. Then he propels them--and you--through sheer hell at relentless hurricane velocity."- Ken Rand, author of Pax Dakota
About the Author
LANCE HAWVERMALE, author of Face Blind, holds a master's degree in English and has worked as a college professor, an editor, and a youth counselor. His fiction and poetry have garnered numerous awards. An alumnus of the AmeriCorps program, Lance performed his service on the Otoe-Missouria tribal lands in Red Rock, Oklahoma. He lives in Texas with his wife and daughter and their cats.
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The combination of unique characters, dangerous locale and mounting suspense culminate in gripping confrontation with a killer who has dismembered the bodies of multiple victims.
Lance Hawvermale is headed for literary stardom. Each of his books ascend in imagination, heart-stopping action and quirky, well-drawn characters. Latch on now so you'll be ahead of the game when Hollywood adapts his work.
Many locations in the book are fictional, but the descriptions are so well researched and written that you want to find them on a map. And the details! "Gabe leaned down and decided it was a watch, one of the big, rambunctious chronographs favored by sportsmen....Gabe saw the dial, the tritium hands glowing at the time of one minute past the man's death, and counting." Though the plot is fictional, the reader's tension is real as Gabe and the vengeful killer track each other like desert scorpions circling for battle.
Hawvermale takes us on a fast-paced odyssey with fully developed characters whom we feel we know personally. Along the way we meet Ben, a washed-up science fiction writer; Luke, a dyslexic who can read only Ben's writing; and Mira, Luke's twin sister who has devoted herself to his care.
Can this unlikely band of brothers (and sister) track down the killer and stop him before he torments and kills again? Be ready for light and darkness in the desert on the path to the final showdown.
Gabriel Traylin witnesses a murder outside an observatory in Chili’s Adacama desert. By the time the police arrive, the body has disappeared. What is found is a bag containing a severely mutilated body. Due to prospagnosia, a neurological condition which prevents one from being able to differentiate facial features, Gabe can’t describe the killer, or the victim, to the police, making him a suspect. With the help of three strangers, Gabe sets out to find the killer he thinks of as The Messenger.
How fascinating to be in a setting new to most readers—“Four hundred years, not a single teardrop from the sky. … Precipitation here was measured in millimeters, and even then it came only as an infrequent fog—and to learn about a neurological condition of which I doubt many readers have heard, let alone trying to imagine living with—“Gabe has grown up recognizing is mother by her clothing, her slender wedding band, and of course by her voice.”
Such unique characters Hawvemale has created; Gabe who can’t recognize faces, Mira and her brother Luke who can only read the words in one book, Ben the author of that one book which is the only book he ever wrote, and Vicente who is Gabe’s friend from the observatory. Yes, there are a few TSTL (too stupid to live) moments, but they make a weird sense when you consider the characters.
The author has an interesting use of language—“Gabe closed his eyes and wove that name on the loom in his mind. Alban Olivares. He bound the threads around the soldier’s fallen body, making him into something more than just a runner in the night. By christening him, Gabe created him.”—so much so one is inclined to check whether it is a translation. The plot is highly unpredictable. You never quite know where it’s going, but it’s filled with excellent twists. When danger comes, it is an unexpected and shocking to the reader as if it was real. The story has a good ending, even if rather unbelievable.
“Face Blind” is hard to describe but completely absorbing. It may not be the best written book, but it definitely a compelling read.
FACE BLIND (Susp-Gabe Traylin-Chile-Contemp) – Good
Hawvemale, Lance – 1st in series
Minotaur Books – August 2016