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"Historically accurate, sardonically observant.... Monahan keeps the pace brisk and Le Brun's wit up front as he weaves a clever and socially conscious yarn." - Providence Journal-Bulletin

"Utterly satisfying.... A charming period mystery." - The Wall Street Journal

"An old-fashioned page turner of the best sort." - Indianapolis Star & News

"Monahan keeps a perfect feeling of the period...Altogether entertaining." - Gahan Wilson,Playboy

"Monahan's rich attention to detail and his genuinely unique character, the quietly annoying and tenacious Le Brun, make this novel an interesting read." - Rapport

"Combines a compelling mystery with fascinating characters from the very top levels of society in 1899 America. Readers will find themselves enjoying the rich period atmosphere at least as much as the crime solving. A first-class yarn." - Booklist

"Vastly entertaining, with surprises and reverses at every turn." - Tampa Tribune Times

"...a fascinating peek into the past.... A spirited hero, a clever killer, and rich period detail all add to the entertainment." - Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

" In his mystery debut, horror novelist Monahan offers a stalwart hero, an interesting tale, and generally efficient storytelling." -Kirkus Reviews

"...a leisurely intertwining of historical figures and events with fictional characters in what proves to be an entertaining whodunit." - Chicago Sun-Times

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Brent Monahan is the author of half a dozen previous novels, including The Book of Common Dread. He lives in Yardley, Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (June 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312276982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312276980
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Tilelli MD on April 16, 2004
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I am not a Southern native, but I have had the great pleasure of a weekend at the Jekyll Island Club. There, over oysters and champagne you can can easily imagine a long forgotten patrician America, who spent their weekends "roughing it" in unmatched splendor. One can still have brunch there, served by starched, tuxedo-clad waiters, after whcih play croquet on the lawn or golf on a pretty good course once the property of the Goodyears and the Morgans.
This is the wonderful setting for a period mystery by experienced author Brent Moynahan, who deftly crafts a tale of murder, revenge, avarice and envy set in a prestigious capitalist resort. One of the members, limited by invitation only to the 100 richest men in the US, Erastus Springer, has been found dead, apparantly shot during his morning constitutional. John LeBrun, Brunswick sherriff has been called almost as an afterthought to solve the case, presumably with the least fuss possible to the powerful members. LeBrun, who is above corruption, is thwarted by the members, especially J.P. Morgan and Joseph Pulizer, arch captialist and arch populist rivals in everything except their rabid dedication to the Club.
If flawed, this novel is not the nail-biting suspenseful mystery that leads us along with crumbs of evidence to the great "aha" at the end. It does though admirably succeed in its characterization of the people, especially of the very rich and vary poor, who made fin-de-siecle America, and lived bathed in the resntments and ignorance of the War of Northern Agression. It beautifully paints Georgia of the era and tells a story as much tension and grit as charm and wit. By the satisfying end we care less about the plot reaching its logical conclusion as we do seeing a good man prevail. Heartily recommeended, and and admirable Summer read, especially if you are poolside at one of the Barrier Island resorts.
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The Jekyl Island Club was my first exposure to Monahan and probably not my last. Monahan's book, set in the late 18oo's pits a crafty, columbo-like cop against an overconfident crew of money men to solve a murder on Jekyl Island. This is a page-turning "historical murder mystery" you shouldn't miss.
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The Jeyll Island Club by Brent Monahan was a geat read. Moody, mysterious, filled with fascinating historical detail, and introducing a new hero in retired sheriff John Le Brun. The book has all everything you need to spend an evening in a comfortable chair with your mind wandering into the strange past of Jekyll Island. Definitely a thinking-man's thriller.
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I enjoyed the characterization, the historical facts woven into the story, the obsticles which had to be addressed, the subtle back story, and the "who dun it?" suspense throughout the book. I also liked being able to visualize the places I read about in the book since I have spent parts of several summers on Jekyl Island.
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I have visited Jekyll all my life and worked there for six summers. Before the clubhouse was renovated, we used to swim in the pool. Even with all this exposure to the historic district, I can't wait to go back and revisit the homes and enjoy the atmosphere, sights and sounds of the historic district - all the imagery found in this novel. The book does indeed make you wonder if in fact the author knows of things kept hidden from the public by the secretive elite members of the Jekyll Island Club.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing is very good, creating a visual texture of the places and times. Set in 1899 we get to see the ruling elites (J.P. Morgan, Vanderbilt, etc.) vacationing on Jekyll Island, previous to the 1913 meeting to create the Federal Reserve. Brent Monahan has created an easy to read but enthralling mystery when a body is discovered on the grounds of the island. A sheriff from the mainland is brought over to the island to conduct the investigation, a sort of funky but shrewd cop. He has to carefully negotiate the various upper class parties as he assembles the clues. The insight to these personalities was wonderfully scripted.
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I have bought at least a dozen copies of this book as gifts for friends over the last year. Amazon does gift wrap! After visiting Jekyll Island (with two "L"'s now) for 20 years, I finally bought a home there - and love it! This book will pique your interest in this picturesque and unusual island and provide you with a great historical background - and entertain at the same time.

Once you've read the book, book your vacation there. You can stay in J.P. Morgan's apartment and sit on the veranda of the club and enjoy the atmosphere and ambiance that entranced a generation of millionaires a century ago. It's all still there, and this book really brings it all to life.

The book rips right along, but the ending is a bit flat. But given the corner the author has written himself into, it is forgivable. All in all, a good read.
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This vovel took a while to read. It was very wordy, but I still enjoyed it. I was amazed to think that higher class people thought they could get away with devious plots. The location was meaningful to me since I vacationed in the club house in May. When you stay at the location of the story, I think it is easy to picture scenes in your mind. This novel is a mix of fiction with history.
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