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T.L. Hines writes "Noir Bizarre" stories, mixing mysteries with oddities in books such asThe Unseen, Waking Lazarus, and The Dead Whisper On. Waking Lazarus received Library Journal's "25 Best Genre Fiction Books of the Year" award.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition (July 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595544534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595544537
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,356,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gary Griffiths VINE VOICE on August 9, 2009
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Unless you've read a lot of books that start with chapter 34, end with chapter 14, and bury chapter one nearly 300 pages in, you'd have to agree that T.L. Hines' "Faces in the Fire" is an unusual novel. But the appeal of this wacky yet profoundly entertaining tale extends far beyond the non-linearity - this is a rollicking and mysterious little gem of fiction that will keep you guessing while keeping your sense of rhythm deliciously off kilter.

The stories of four dissimilar people cross paths - a long haul truck driver and sculptor with no memories beyond the past six months, a notorious spammer with terminal cancer, a tattoo artist/heroine addict, and a hit man with the world's most bizarre weapon - guided by unexplained visions of catfish and seemingly random numbers scribbled on a napkin. Confusing? You bet, but Hines is a master storyteller, and cleverly guides the unsuspecting reader through his series of devious traps before delivering a knockout climax that is beyond clever.

Like the brilliant film "Memento", "Faces in the Fire" is a twisted tale of noir that demands a second look - or read, in this case. A great choice for those last lazy days of summer beach reading.
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This book has a great story with a supernatural theme. It is an intriguing, interwoven story of a truck driver sculptor amnesiac who hears voices from clothing of the dead, a tattoo artist with a heroin habit who abandoned her family, a woman dying from cancer, and an assassin who can kill by touching people.

Their lives cross each other's, and they are changed forever.

I can't go into more detail without giving away the whole plot, but I couldn't put it down!

Read it. If you like imaginative books you'll really like this one.
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Truck Driver Kurt Marlowe woke up one day without a memory, an admittance letter to a truck driving school and lots of cash in a money belt. Without nothing more to go on than instinct, he became a truck driver. He became an artist too, a sculpter. He haunts estate sales and the things of the dead speak to him. When the do, he buys them. The dead are seeking help, closer. Kurt doesn't give it.

Corrine is a bottom feeding spam artist with cancer. One day, on impulse, she gets a tattoo and it changes her life.

Grace is a tattoo artist. She's also a junkie who has run away from a husband and two children, chasing the dragon. One day she orders an ink called black tar. It miraculously arrives the next day and it changes her life.

Stan is a killer who goes by the name of Bleach. The man can kill with a skin on skin touch, so he wears gloves. One day his mother gives him a slip of paper with a number on it which he passes on to a tattoo artist, who passes it on to a spam artist who passes it on to a truck driver who has more in common with the killer than anyone would think possible.

And there you have the characters in this novel that was just so could I wanted to cry. I am a huge, huge fan of Messers King, Koontz, Saul and Laymon. T.L. Hines is every bit as good at giving you the chilly willies, at keeping you on the edge of your seat, of making you afraid as you read along. Okay, maybe not as afraid as Stephen King or Richard Laymon, but you're spine will be a-tingling in this story that is a spine tingling joy to read.
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This is a tough book to review. Part of me really loved the story and another part of me was uncomfortable with it's premise. As a story I found it intriguing and very cleaver. Hines writing was good as usual. Linking four separate stories together was well done and kept me interesting (and thinking) throughout. The characters were three dimensional and real, the first is a sculpture and part-time truck driver who hears the cries of the dead, the second is a email spammer who is dieing of cancer, the third is a tattoo artist who has run away from her family and is hooked on heroin and the last is a hit-man with a special "gift". The book starts with chapter 35 and jumps around, entwining the chapters through each characters story. I'm mixed on whether I liked that approach or not. It seemed to have worked but it also forced me to pay attention tho the chapter order and where things happen and when.

After reading the book I spent two hours (literally) telling my wife about what I had read. Not an easy think to do with this kind of story. Normally I don't do this but I found myself very confused about what I had just read. Not that the story itself was confusing but the reasons and power behind it were not clear so if figured by talking it through I might find something I missed. Unfortunately the talk didn't help much. Without giving anything away, this is supposed to be a story about redemption but my problem lies in who was doping the redeeming? A generic form of god was mentioned once and that was it. To me the redeemer in the story was superstitious and even demonic. How else would one take something that is obviously evil and have good things (most of the time) come from it.
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