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Locked Doors (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series Book 2) by [Crouch, Blake]
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Book 2 of 3 in Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series (3 Book Series)
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Andrew Thomas was a successful suspense writer until he was framed for a series of murders by his insane brother, Orson (Desert Places, 2004). Orson is dead now, but Thomas, with no way to clear himself, has adopted a new identity--Vincent Carmichael, a recluse living in the Yukon. Unfortunately, Orson's psychotic partner, Luther Pike, is very much alive, and he's after Thomas. Pike kidnaps Thomas' former girlfriend in North Carolina, hoping to bring his prey out of hiding. It works. Thomas is determined to find Pike and kill him before more innocents die. Once one accepts the Fugitive-like premise--innocent man chases a killer the cops can't catch--this tautly written, very scary thriller quickly grabs the reader by the throat. Luther Pike is the most interesting character in the mix. He's so gleefully coldhearted and inventive it's almost difficult not to root for him against the self-absorbed, somewhat whiny protagonist. Leave the lights on; Luther may be out there. Wes Lukowsky
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"Cliffhangers and nail-biting twists. Blunt but expertly paced and viscerally effective, with many surprises and genuine chills."
- Kirkus Reviews

"This tautly written, very scary thriller quickly grabs the reader by the throat. Luther Pike is the most interesting character in the mix. He's so gleefully coldhearted and inventive it's almost difficult not to root for him. . . . Leave the lights on; Luther may be out there."
- Booklist

"Lurid . . . the action is nonstop."
- Publishers Weekly

"Wild and furious . . . engaging and compelling . . . page after page of stunning suspense. [T]his is an exhilirating and stirring tale of terror with just enough redemption to make it all worth it."
- New Mystery Reader

"Crouch quite simply is a marvel. Locked Doors is a stay-up-all-night thriller that will have you chewing your fingers down to the nub even as you're reading its last paragraph. Highest possible recommendation."
- Bookreporter.com

"One of the best and most realistic sequels in several years. . . .With twists that will shock readers, Blake Crouch writes a chilling thriller in which readers will consistently check to ensure they Locked Doors."
- Blether book review


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  • File Size: 2183 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00452V72O
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Format: Hardcover
Locked Doors picks up seven years after the conclusion of Crouch's debut novel, the compulsively readable Desert Places. Having barely survived the events related in that harrowing thriller, famous writer Andrew Thomas, now one of America's most wanted criminals, has settled in the Yukon after many years on the run. Believing his ordeal over, Thomas is stunned to learn of the murder of a friend's wife and the kidnapping of a former flame. Apparently, someone is trying to send him a message that the trials that commenced seven years prior are not over, and that a reckoning must occur. Thomas travels to North Carolina and the Outerbanks island of Ocracoke to confront his adversary, setting the stage for an epic battle between the author and a man who can only be described as a relentless killing machine.

Crouch's sophomore effort, a tense, violent, fast paced work of suspense, proves the author has not lost his ability to enthrall and surprise his audience-Locked Doors is just as slick and twisted and entertaining as Desert Places, perhaps even more so. What distinguishes it from that novel is Crouch's focus on ancillary characters like homicide detective Violet King and would be true crime writer Horace Boone, which, rather than diverting readers' attention from the main battle, actually intensifies the experience once the blood starts to fly.

Crouch's chief talent lies in dropping his characters into untenable, sanity threatening situations, and then letting all hell break loose. This affinity for mayhem wreaks havoc with the reader's expectations, as neither the heroes nor the villains ever act predictably. The relentless pace of the narrative and Crouch's clean, taut prose allows for a certain suspension of disbelief, making for a book that readers will be loathe to put down once they've begun.
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This was a great book. My husband and I read Crouch's first book "Desert Places" and could hardly wait for "Locked Doors" to come out. The day it came out, my husband read it in about 5 hours. I began the next day and life around you just stops while you're reading a Blake Crouch book. Awesome book! I have already re-read "Desert Places" and "Locked Doors" a few times each and I can't wait to read the next one.
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LOCKED DOORS is Blake Crouch's second novel; his first, DESERT PLACES, somehow got by me, an error that I will begin correcting later this afternoon. In doing my homework for this review, I noticed that the reviews of his debut novel were mixed. Don't let that keep you from reading this sophomore effort.

I began reading LOCKED DOORS at 10:00 p.m. on a Monday evening, and kept reading until I was too tired to hold the book properly. Crouch quite simply is a marvel. He changes perspective, points of view, and tense at whim, challenging you to hang on and ride with him. And it's easy to do. He's so good you'll want to hug him because you love him or smack him because you're jealous; sometimes you want to do both, simultaneously.

I'll give you an example. LOCKED DOORS involves, among other things, a gentleman named Luther Kite who is as dangerous and fearsome as anyone you could meet. One of the best passages in the book concerns a visit Kite pays to a Waffle House, where he orders pancakes. You know that either it'll turn out okay or he'll be painting the walls, but you're not sure which. I guarantee you though that if you read LOCKED DOORS you'll visit a Waffle House, just once, to see if Luther Kite is there. You won't be able to resist; Crouch's descriptive powers are that finely honed. Then there's another scene, darn near perfect, where Kite goes into a Wal-Mart...

But I'm getting ahead of myself here. LOCKED DOORS nicely summarizes DESERT PLACES, telling the story of bestselling thriller writer Andrew Thomas. Thomas's idyllic existence, consisting of money, a modicum of fame, and a comfortable residence in Davidson, North Carolina, is shattered when he's framed for multiple murders by his fraternal twin brother Orson and the aforementioned Mr.
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Luther Kite is back and you'd be hard pressed to find a more vicious, inhuman serial killer between the covers of a book today, well taught by his mentor Orson, twin brother of Andrew Thomas.

But one thing that author Blake Crouch is excellent at showing in his writing is the inhumanity of all of us, given the right incentives. Sometimes that insight can be scarier than the actual serial killers.

Crouch is a superb wordsmith, finding just the right phrases to draw you into his story world, describing everything so you are seeing it way too plainly and concocting characters that have you looking over your shoulder and triple checking the window and door locks, even during the daytime.

I was impressed by Blake's first book DESERT PLACES: A Novel of Terror (Andrew Z. Thomas Thriller), his first in this series, but enjoyed "Locked Doors" even more. I liked the intoduction of character Viking very much; she adds a lot to the storyline. I will think of the Walmart scenes every time I go to that store from now on. And I thought my family was dysfunctional? Crouch has redefined that word with two examples in this series.

The next book in the series (actually novella) is BREAK YOU(Andrew Z. Thomas Thriller). Then the final book in the series is a collaborative effort by Blake Crouch and J.A. Konrath called "Stirred" and due out sometime in 2011. It will also finish Konrath's Detective Jack Daniels series.
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