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MOURNING MANSION by [Mosiman, Billie Sue]
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  • File Size: 268 KB
  • Print Length: 86 pages
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  • Publisher: DM Publishing (July 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PF5LSI
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I've said it before and I'll say it again. I've never read a story by Billie Sue Mosiman that I didn't like. (Heck, Love actually). She has the most inventive mind for the strange. And a wonderful sense of character development.

To me, characters make any story. Sure you have to have a plot. But, the action doesn't mean a thing if you don't care about the people in the story. Billie Sue knows how to make each and every one of the characters she creates LIVE in your imagination.

"Mourning Mansion" is an excellent story of quiet Desperation on the parts of both the good guy and the bad boys. I was blown away by the realism and detail. But it always comes back to the characters. I have known these street kids, and since my brother and father were both in law enforcement, I also identify with the law in the character of Jack DeShane. I first met Jack in Billie Sue's excellent novel "Wireman". I thought that Wireman was the most intricate and real book I had ever read till I read this.

If you like Dean Koontz and Stephen King, with a little old fashioned murder mystery mixed in, Go get this story. You will love it.
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Mourning Mansion is a gritty story, and maybe some people would find it too much. But, as always when reading Billie Sue Mosiman, I got so caught up in the story, so convinced by Mosiman's realistic and in-depth development of her characters, that I WANT to see the gritty side of life. I want to know all about these people, from the runaway boys slinking along the edges of the night and selling their bodies, to the broken-hearted Jack DeShane, a cop who can't look the other way. Ever.

It's hard to pick a moment of this story, or even a character that particularly made me enjoy Mourning Mansion. It's a pure joy from start to finish, and I loved finding out what happened to Jack DeShane after Wireman, Mosiman's wonderful novel about a serial killer and the cops who hunt him.

All in all, Mourning Mansion is a sad tale, set in motion by a sick pedophile who builds himself a mansion where he can take advantage of the boys from the streets. He draws them to the house with drugs and food and fun and they pay with their young bodies. It's a very good metaphor for all the evil possibilities behind wealth. Not all rich people are evil, of course, but money can provide the evil with the means to their wicked ends. As the evil spirals on and on, it of course flies out of control, creating a house filled with such horrors, such evil, that Jack DeShane's intervention is the only solution.

Mosiman never disappoints. Her writing is tight, her words are perfectly placed and her stories are enthralling.
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I have to admit I am a fan of Ms. Mosiman's particular brand of horror, thriller and macabre novels so I always look forward to a new one or finding one I haven't read. I find her writing tight, well paced, which keeps me coming back for more.

In "Mourning Mansion" the protagonist decides to build an edifice to his wealth and talent along the gulf coast. So enamored is he of his own self-worth he builds a home fit for a minor royal. Huge, elegant and stately, at least in his own mind, he builds it with no lack of attention to detail and in absolute perfection. His party house now complete he adds bars to all the windows and a safe room. Assured of his privacy he can now go about his life in the manner to which his newly acquired wealth has allowed him to become accustomed.

But bars to keep people out can also be a prison those within as he and his young companion are about to discover. As he slips further into his own madness how many will take the downward spiral with him?

Another winner for Ms. Mosiman as she takes us on a journey into madness, murder and mayhem.

Karen Bryant Doering
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This novella is a sequel of sorts to Wireman. We meet up with Jack DeShane in the twilight of his career as a cop. This story is part crime suspense and part Texas gothic.

As in Wireman, we venture into the heads of some not-so-nice characters.

Bill Turk is a filthy rich guy who has built an elaborate mansion in a seaside town near Houston, Texas. Bill's got special plans for his custom mansion. He plans to use it as a kill house. See, Bill likes killing young boys. The mansion is right on the Gulf of Mexico, so he's got a great dumping ground. All Bill Turk needs is a partner in crime. Then, he finds Tyler.

Tyler is a young male runaway turned prostitute. He has done it all and is pretty jaded about the whole thing. All he really wants is to find a sugar daddy on the streets of Houston. Then, he meets Bill. Like most things that seem too good to be true, this one turns to crap sooner rather than later. And Tyler doesn't handle it so well.

Jack DeShane knows something is amiss in the huge mansion by the sea. He just can't quite figure out what it is. But Jack is a determined sort, and what he finds will stick with him a good, long time.

Again, in Mourning Mansion, Ms. Mosiman's talent of getting the reader into her characters' heads shines through. I found myself unable to put down this story, even when I felt absolutely horrified by the goings-on.
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