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The Man from Primrose Lane: A Novel Hardcover
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“A thriller and a detective story, plus science fiction and romance with a little near-future dystopia thrown in…A superbly crazy and imaginative story.” ―Associated Press
“Well written…Ambitious and innovative…If you like your fiction tidy and predictable, look elsewhere.” ―The Washington Post
“Fascinating and unpredictable, with shades of Stephen King and HP Lovecraft as well as Douglas Adams, [The Man from Primrose Lane] never loses touch with the human story of loss, guilt and fate that is at its core.” ―Laura Wilson, The Guardian (UK)
“The Man from Primrose Lane barrels along, fueled by Renner's addictive storytelling….It's quite the interesting ride.” ―The Denver Post
“A well-told story filled with darkness, horror, humor, and surprising tenderness. And that's just the first part. There is a moment in this novel when the story moves in a way so unexpected I actually had to put it down and catch my breath. Go ahead, see what I mean. I'll wait here for you.” ―Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
“Features superbly drawn characters and escalates into a genre-bending narrative (noir, sci-fi, and more) of thrills and twists. A great choice for readers who enjoyed Tana French's In the Woods or any work by Philip K. Dick.” ―Library Journal
“Brilliantly intricate… [with] a fantastic finish [and] compelling, interesting characters… I couldn't put The Man From Primrose Lane down.” ―SF Signal--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
James Renner is the author of two books of nonfiction that detail his adventures in investigative journalism: Amy: My Search for Her Killer and The Serial Killer's Apprentice. His work has been featured in Best American Crime Reporting and Best Creative Nonfiction. He lives in Ohio.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Before I get down to business, let's all be honest with one another. Most of the books we read are of average or less quality and are just an entertaining way to pass the time. This book is not one of those. This one grabs you by the genitals and infects your thoughts while you aren't reading it.
The Man From Primrose Lane is one hell of a crazy read. The titular character is a local eccentric who was known as The Man with a Thousand Mittens to the cop who found his corpse, complete with fingers in a blender. In life, he was always seen wearing mittens and had a closet full of them when he died? Interested yet? What if I told you the MFPL had a painting of David's dead wife in his basement? Or that he has a notebook about another woman's daily habits that just happens to resemble David's wife?
This is one of those books that I cannot divulge the plot of without ruining it. Suffice to say, it is a cleverly written mind bender. Part detective story, part bat s*** crazy. Your brain might fold in on itself like a black hole before it's finished.
What the hell else can I say without spoiling things? I like how Renner uses David going through the withdrawals for his depression meds as a good way to reveal his back story using flashbacks. I had a feeling who The Man From Primrose Lane was about 30% into the story but I had no idea how complex things really were.
That's about all I'm prepared to reveal at this time. If you like genre-bending, thought provoking reads, you could do a lot worse than this. This is in the top two or three books I've read so far in 2016. Perfect score.
But then it goes in a completely different direction. To say more of the first of many twists will be to spoil all the fun, if you can use the word "fun" when talking about a book that deals with darkness in people, fate, obsessions, serial killers...
Minor spoiler though: it reads like a blend of Ken Grimwood's "Replay", Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five", and a certain Heinlein's story (revealing which would be a major spoiler)... and/or certain Koontz's novel (spoiler again).
One reservation though. It really should be four and a half star. You see, the premise of the book is so grandiose and the mystery so deep, you are expecting an equally groundbreaking revelation at the end. And you sort of get it... but not in a way you may expect and it is not an answer to one of these big mysteries, but, instead, to a question that never gets asked.
I will say no more. Really, due to its twists and turns, you have to experience it first hand.
(If you're thinking of reading this and _True Crime Addict_... I'd advise read this one first.)
It is what it is... a good piece of fiction!
James Renner is an amazing author who transports you from your world and leaves you behind in his. I found his writing intense, emotional, passionate and honest. I couldn't ask for anything more from an author, and I thank him for taking me on this journey.
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