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The First Deadly Sin (The Deadly Sins Novels) Mass Market Paperback – April 15, 1987
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Captain Delaney takes a leave of absence to care for his hospitalized wife of 30-plus years. During his leave, a murder is committed. One fall night, while Delaney is waiting for his wife's operation to conclude, a Brooklyn councilman is murdered most savagely in the middle of the 251st Precinct. Delaney goes to the murder scene to investigate; detective work is his real passion. He soon becomes entwined in vicious local politics and a major power play for control of the City. The Police Commissioner wants Delaney to conduct a secret investigation of the murder, while he is on leave. The Mayor is backing the assignment.Read more ›
It is a major loss to crime fiction that Mr Sanders is no longer with us and as others have stated Why oh Why did he not do the 5th, 6th and 7th in the Deadly Sin series. Perhaps there is a writer out there who can do it, but that might ruin the memory of these 4 great books.
Oh, about this book, it was almost a fantastic read but as already said by earlier reviews he slipped up on the ending. But you have to forgive him after creating such a wonderful main character for the rest of the series.
A character-driven series, especially Delaney's character, the Deadly Sin books take the reader inside the characters' minds to learn causality and motivation. Of course, the details of each murder are laid out for the reader, but the focus is on the murderer and Delaney and the steady, but slodging pace required to do detective work, which consists of that slow but steady accretion of facts. Readers who want action, action, action best look elsewhere for their fix.
Generally speaking, the only books I reread are the classics that I taught when an English teacher--Silas Marner, Cry the Beloved Country, Wuthering Heights, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Night, The Turn of the Screw, As I Lay Dying, Lord of the Flies, and so on. So when I state that I've read this series three times, I am placing it in a pretty heady position.
So what makes this series so compelling? I think I "fell in love" with the character, the idea of Edward X. Delaney. This is the kind of man every woman wants. Besides being kind, thoughtful, and generous, he makes the most provocative sandwiches and pours the most exotic spirits and brews. As much as the details of the murders, Sanders creates Delaney's sandwiches with memorable strokes on the keyboard. In fact, put down Delaney's tomato sandwich as one of those famous scenes in literature.Read more ›
If you want a light read or a good suspense, go elsewhere.
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another great book by this author, some slow parts but great vacation bookPublished 1 month ago by Jen
Great READ! I read it a zillion years ago and fell in love with the character, Edward X. Delaney.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book has Detective Delany who is an awesome man, his mind is endless with ideas of catching the killerPublished 5 months ago by char e