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The List (Collective) Mass Market Paperback – May 29, 2018
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About the Author
Joe Konrath has sold more than two million books in twenty countries. He’s written over thirty novels and over a hundred short stories in the mystery, thriller, horror, and sci-fi genres. He’s twice won the Love is Murder Award for best thriller, and has also won the Derringer Award, and the Ellery Queen Readers Choice Award, and has been nominated for many others including the Anthony, Macavity, and Gumshoe. Konrath edited the collection These Guns for Hire, and his fiction has appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies including Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock, Cemetery Dance, The Strand, Thriller edited by James Patterson, and Wolfsbane & Mistletoe edited by Charlaine Harris (True Blood). He’s considered a pioneer in self-publishing. His blog, A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing, gets several million hits per year, and Konrath has been featured in Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Playboy, USA Today, Time, Woman's World, the LA Times, and the New York Times among many other periodicals. He also blogs for the Huffington Post. Find out more at www.jakonrath.com.
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I charged my kindle two weeks ago and saw that I had downloaded a book. I don't remember when I downloaded it or from where I downloaded it. Originally, I thought that I might have requested to review the book from NetGalley - but it's not listed on the site. I figured I would read the first couple of pages and figure out why I would have downloaded it.
I read the first line:
"I found the head."
With a great first line like that how could I not continue reading? So, I continued reading. And I found myself going back to read it when I had time. I even took my kindle with me to Atlanta when I attended a conference earlier this week.
The List, written by J.A. Konrath is a labelled as a "techno thriller". It's a who done it with a scientific twist. It also happens to be a book I would not pull off the shelves and read, so the mystery remains: what was I thinking when I downloaded this book?
The story revolves around several individuals who have one thing in common: a mysterious blue number tattoo on the bottom of their left foot. The book opens with one of these individuals found dead in his apartment which starts the lead detective's investigation, who also has a tattoo on the bottom of his foot.
The reader discovers the connection rather quickly but Konrath doesn't divulge the whole plot until the very end of the book, which leaves for a great opening for a sequel. However, as far as I can tell, there is no direct sequel to this book. It's a real shame, though. It leaves a few loose ends to tie up that never get tied up. (According to Amazon, Konrath has written 11 books in the collective as stand-alone novels.) As I said, it's a real shame because this could have easily become a series of two, if not three, books.
The book is rather graphic. The head from the opening line is the head of the first victim which has comically rolled under a chair. The language is rough at points but the dialogue is strong through most of the book. Some parts of laugh-out-loud funny while others are groan worthy. There are some rough patches that don't quite "flow" as smoothly as they could and the ending felt pretty rushed. It was presented to the reader in rapid-fire, which considering it was the ultimate climax, would have been okay. But it didn't seem to flow with the rest of the book. The additional story toward the end was good and was a complete surprise to this reader but felt thrown together like the author was nearing a word limit or a deadline.
However, overall, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Will I read it again? No. But to be fair, I rarely read books for a second time. But I would definitely recommend this read to anyone who likes thrillers/mysteries. I'd also recommend this book to anyone who doesn't. I am this reader. I read this, completely out of my comfort zone, and I liked it.
Sex - 1
Violence - 10
Gore - 10
Language - 10
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Yes, the science seemed a little too far fetched. (But, Hey! I'm not a scientist. I read romance novels that allow for people to not communicate in relationships-this is fiction.)
Yes, much grief was dealt with in a short period of time, and yes it seemed totally unbelievable that any part of this book could actually happen! (Unlike vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches, wizards....)
Yes, there was inappropriate humour. (Such a sin)
& YES, this book did exactly what I wanted. IT GAVE ME A VERY ENTERTAINING READ!! A few spelling errors, but not as many as many books I have read. I will be reading more by J. A . Konrath and I already like Ann Voss Peterson so I may try the books cowritten by these two. I will try Jack Kilborn at some point as well.
I know who the character of Tom is, most recently from his game playing with poor not good at games Herb, in Rum Runner, but this gave really good background.
This is a humdinger of a story, all the more so as the premise is all too real. Just looking, actually looking, at the cover, gave me the creeps after finishing the book.
The thrills are intense, and I dare you to put it down once you've started. I have decided to do as suggested by the author and get his books in order. I will read them that way. Finally.