- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,081 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Serpent Gowanus: Glue Pit Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I easily immersed myself in the small town atmosphere, laughed with hints of Dean Koontz humor and marveled in the mystery like I do with a Preston and Child's novel. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Linda Dennis
Fun to read and try to figure out who each character is, looking forward to the next onePublished 17 months ago by melissa peters
I would highly recommend this book and hope that the author will write another book to follow this one. A great setting and lots of twists in the story. Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by Nikole K.
I read this book in less than a week because I couldn't put it down!! I must find out how the story continues...hoping the sequel doesn't take too long! Read morePublished on March 22, 2014 by Morgan Shawn
I am from Gowanda and enjoyed the local references to places I had visited. I loved the story and had a hard time putting it down, and was surprised at the ending. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Elaine72
Larry's book is a page turner. To be brutally honest, it is one of the best books that I have read in a very long time. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Carol Badurek
Having been born and raised in Gowanda, NY I have to say the this novel was great on some many levels. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Susanne L. Sprague
Glue Pit is well structured with a strong, complex plot and a mob of quirky, loveable and very dark characters (Twisted John, The Duchess of Debt, The Ink Stained Crack Whore,... Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by carol rader
The book is very well written and reminded me of a Stephen King mystery. The characters were compelling, and I especially enjoyed the way Mr. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Susan Coates