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From Publishers Weekly

Saving Private Ryan meets Alien in Delaney's tense and involving first novel, a hybrid that transcends its several genres. In the deadly jungles of the Pacific Theatre in 1943, young Private Eric Davis sees something "long and squirming" burst out of the stomach of a dead soldier. Davis is picked up by a ship, the Gallo, which is promptly shelled and sent to the bottom. Flash forward to the year 2007: Pierre Devereaux, a Jacques Cousteau type, is directing an undersea documentary when he discovers the wreck of the Gallo. Not surprisingly, Devereaux's assistants are horrified when they see Davis's corpse banging its head insistently against the window of their sub. A year after the Gallo is brought back to Boston, a series of murders begins to plague the city. In their hunt for the killer, Det. Will Jefferson and his partners Brogan and Watson gradually realize they are up against something both inhuman and amazingly old, with incredible will and enormous power. Delaney knows how to generate chills and suspense like few other new authors in recent memory. A page-turner if ever there was one, this mystery-horror thriller (with a soupcon of SF) achieves a wholly convincing aura of terrifying antiquity.
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Someone--or something--is terrorizing Boston, leaving a trail of horribly mutilated bodies and cryptic epigrams in its wake. The first victim is the scion of Joseph Lyerman, an eccentric philanthropist who is strangely unmoved by his son's brutal death. Detectives Jefferson and Brogan are at first stymied by the gruesome murder spree, but as the body count rises, so do some pressing questions. Why is Lyerman so obsessed with excavating a sunken World War II submarine? What is his connection with the notorious Blade Prison? And why have Jefferson and Brogan started having flashbacks to their military service in Bosnia? Delaney's pace is breathless. If there are a few holes--would the Boston Police Department really send a detective to Russia as part of a homicide investigation? Shouldn't Brogan and Jefferson occasionally report to headquarters?--they don't amount to much when the story is this engrossing. Macabre touches and canny plot twists will gratify horror fans, and the whodunit element will attract mystery readers as well. Movie rights sold to Touchstone. Meredith Parets
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312327056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312327057
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This novel is great; well-written, tight, intelligent, and creepy in the best sense. It is a terrible shame that it is also one of the most poorly edited books I've run across. In addition to the missing articles, hanging sentences, dropped plots, and poor spelling, there are content errors as well. A small example comes in the opening pages: chimpanzees are apes, not monkeys. And this point is moot anyway, since they live only in Africa, and not Southeast Asia. It's as jarring as describing polar bears roaming freely around Arizona. I do not hold Mr. Delaney responsible; the onus for professional editing rests squarely with St. Martin's Press. Delaney's fine work deserved better than it got, and here's hoping these errors are corrected by the time the paperback comes out. Grit your teeth and read this book anyway, it's well worth it.
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Format: Hardcover
As a rule, novelists are a generous breed.
We tend to welcome, with open arms, any new author who emerges in our midst -- especially when he's young and good looking, fresh from an Ivy League college, in possession of a multi-book, major-house publishing contract, has had a glowing review in People Magazine, and already has inked a profitable movie deal.
In such cases, we graciously stand aside, smiling and nodding and adding our applause to that of the literary/cultural world at large.
Uh-huh. Of course we do. And did I mention that what we write is fiction?
Well, in JINN, his debut novel, Matthew B. J. Delaney is sure to infuriate a great number of us suddenly-aging authors; though uneven in parts, JINN is that good.
JINN is a hybrid, an ambitious blending of several genres. It incorporates elements of science fiction, suspense and police-procedural into a sprawling story of an ancient horror arising to stalk the modern world.
In his writing, Delaney skillfully utilizes imagery that has become ingrained into popular culture. His opening scenes --of a bloody World War II amphibious landing by Marines in the face of withering fire from Japanese defenders-- will be particularly horrific and vivid in the mind's-eye of many readers, in part because it draws so effectively upon Steven Spielberg's similar opening in the film Saving Private Ryan.
In much the same way, Delaney crafts the post-invasion sequences so as to chillingly lead the reader to superimpose the jungle-manhunt scenes from the movie Predator, though Delaney delivers here in a far more effective way.
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Format: Hardcover
A Great Read, combination of Straub, Cannell and King. poignant and forceful narrative gives a strong urgency to the narrative. I finished the novel in two pleasant sittings. Mr Delaney's salient observations and strong story line leaves me eagerly awaiting his next tome. I felt the chapterless format a bold leap forward from such a young author. May this be e pluribus unum.
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Format: Hardcover
As a rule, novelists are a generous breed.
We tend to welcome, with open arms, any new author who emerges in our midst -- especially when he's young and good looking, fresh from an Ivy League college, in possession of a multi-book, major-house publishing contract, has had a glowing review in People Magazine, and already has inked a profitable movie deal.
In such cases, we graciously stand aside, smiling and nodding and adding our applause to that of the literary/cultural world at large.
Uh-huh. Of course we do. And did I mention that what we write is fiction?
Well, in JINN, his debut novel, Matthew B. J. Delaney is sure to infuriate a great number of us suddenly-aging authors; though uneven in parts, JINN is that good.
JINN is a hybrid, an ambitious blending of several genres. It incorporates elements of science fiction, suspense and police-procedural into a sprawling story of an ancient horror arising to stalk the modern world.
In his writing, Delaney skillfully utilizes imagery that has become ingrained into popular culture. His opening scenes --of a bloody World War II amphibious landing by Marines in the face of withering fire from Japanese defenders-- will be particularly horrific and vivid in the mind's-eye of many readers, in part because it draws so effectively upon Steven Spielberg's similar opening in the film Saving Private Ryan.
In much the same way, Delaney crafts the post-invasion sequences so as to chillingly lead the reader to superimpose the jungle-manhunt scenes from the movie Predator, though Delaney delivers here in a far more effective way.
Read more ›
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Format: Paperback
I read this book when it was first published and I am surprised by some of the negative feedback written here. Sure, one does not know what to expect when initially delving into this novel; but, when horrifying things start to happen, that's what makes it all the more mysterious. Bottom line, for the author's first novel, I found this book to be both terrifying and engrossing. There are many twists and turns throughout to keep the pages turning! There were areas of the book that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up! I recommended this book to several other people and they, too, found this book to be very scary. I admit that the ending of it fell a little flat. It was almost like the author could have gone on and on with the story, but, figured he had to end it because it is sort of lengthy already at almost 500 pages. However, this novel is terrifying enough to induce nightmares and is a great addition to anyone's horror library collection. "Jinn" still sits on my shelf and I would put the creep factor about equal to F. Paul Wilson's "The Keep". Definitely worth reading; entertaining and chilling!
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