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The Serpent Gowanus: Glue Pit by [Neumeister, Lawrence]
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  • File Size: 2107 KB
  • Print Length: 730 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482674092
  • Publisher: Lawrence Neumeister (December 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006K99DY4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,081 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I knew something awful would happen. I just knew it! But when? The author cleverly teased me with foreboding details and then did a masterful job of diverting my attention with rustic, rural descriptions and sweet, quirky old ladies so that the suspense, at times, drove me nuts. This author is adept at distracting the reader before he smacks you with the stark reality lurking in the shadows. Reading this book was like taking a walk in a dark but beautifully wooded forest and accidentally disturbing a patch of leaves hiding a rattlesnake about to strike.
The Serpent Gowanus is a mystery thriller that the author accurately touts as a "wild ride." For me it was a roller coaster. One moment I was touched with joy, the next I experienced chills of emotion and then sadness before I was violently thrown into a fear for the lives of the characters. A few chapters made me despair of what man is capable of doing to his fellow man. Others starkly reminded me that joy isn't the property of a privileged class, a caring soul can be found beneath a shell of anguish, romance can be expressed in the face of the cruelest desolation and love can survive as a purity within the walls of hell. Yes, this is a mystery thriller, but it is much, much more.
The author also frequently caught me off guard with the humorous, quirky, and the often-bizarre habits of the small town residents - to the point where I was laughing out loud. My husband was so intrigued with my outburst reactions that I was soon sharing possession of my tablet so he could discover the reasons behind my pleasure with the book. He tells me there is a bit of Dean Koontz and Stephen King lurking within the chapters. Perhaps, but what I saw was a clever new author with a voice all of his own. I highly recommend this book.
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This book holds the reader on a static emotional rollercoaster. From the frolicingly heart warming, to the look over your shoulder fear of darkness. The discriptives put the reader directly into an "on edge" state of being, while also on a thought provoking stroll through the good and bad of the human condition. The human condition that is, both as it is now and as it was long ago. This is a difficult book to put down once you've started.
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700+ pages? Seriously? That was my first reaction when I saw this. I thought there was no way someone could pull off a book of this length and make someone want to finish it. I was pleasantly WRONG. Not only did Neumeister carry multiple story lines with ease, he managed it with style!

As a former Upstate New Yorker, I could definitely tell Neumeister was from the area which he chose as the setting for his novel. Everything oozes the Southern Tier of WNY.

Don't hesitate! The cost of this book is WELL WORTH IT! Fabulous debut, Mr. Neumeister!
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Excellent read. I come from the area he loosely depicts, so I'm prejudiced and partial, but Neumeister writes a great story and I hope more are coming. I've recommended this book to several people and all have been enjoyed it as well.
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First-time author Lawrence Neumeister has a promising literary future. His first novel, "The Serpent Gowanus" is sure to be a big seller. Mr. Neumeister has developed his characters so well, it makes one wonder if the book is somewhat autobiographical.

Ben Preston's return to his mother's hometown of Gowanus Falls is the lead-in to multiple mysteries. Why did his mother leave? Why did she elicit his promise to never visit Gowanus Falls? Who is his father? Who murdered all the people in the pit at the old glue factory? And who and why is someone trying so hard to make him leave town?

The town is full of quaint, qirky characters who bring a lightness to the story. In spite of some rather graphic violence near the end, the book is humorous and draws the reader in like a member of the community.

After reading the book, I understand the title, but feel a more upbeat name and less graphic cover would appeal to a broader readership. Good luck, Mr. Neumeister. I'm anxiously awaiting your next story!
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Having grown up in Gowanus Falls NY (OK... it's really Gowanda), I was unsure what to expect from a book written by a local from this odd little town. As an avid mystery reader, I must admit to being very impressed with the author's first work. His descriptions of the town and surrounding areas are dead on accurate and give a true feel of the place, with only the street and occasional bar names changed (and one street added to the 5 corners). The primary character development was good... slowly reveling more about the main characters as the story progressed. The author also introduced us to some of the unusual denizens of this town (some clearly fictional and some very real despite the author's claim to the contrary). It was fun to see which locals I would recognize next. The plot and the action were very well paced to keep me involved, regardless of my obvious connection to the location. Definitely a page turner. My only complaint was that it seemed to end rather abruptly, without fully resolving the situations of two of the main characters. Also, the love interest was left up in the air, but that may be resolved in a sequel. I hope so... I'd like to read more. Perhaps a change of career from chemist to PI is in the offing for Ben?
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