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The Serpent's Bite Hardcover – September 4, 2012

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"Warren Adler has a remarkable ability to plumb the depths of human obsession.'' -- New York Times best-selling author Nelson DeMille

"Warren Adler's insight into people and women, plus his strong storytelling ability, make his book a smashing and suspenseful read.'' ---New York Times best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford

"Warren Adler delivers a dark, delectable look at lust, greed, betrayal, and redemption.'' -- Best-selling author Judith Kelman

''Adler's a dandy plot-weaver.'' -- Los Angeles Times

''Warren Adler writes with skill and a sense of scene.'' -- New York Times Book Review

''Warren Adler has a remarkable ability to plumb the depths of human obsession.'' ---New York Times best-selling author Nelson DeMille

''Warren Adler's insight into people and women, plus his strong storytelling ability, make his book a smashing and suspenseful read.'' ---New York Times best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford

''Warren Adler delivers a dark, delectable look at lust, greed, betrayal, and redemption.'' -Best-selling author Judith Kelman

''Adler's a dandy plot-weaver.'' -Los Angeles Times

''Warren Adler writes with skill and a sense of scene.'' ---New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Warren Adler is best known for The War of the Roses, his masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce turned into the Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated dark comedy hit starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito. In addition to the success of the stage adaptation of his iconic novel on the perils of divorce, Adler has optioned and sold film rights to more than a dozen of his novels and short stories to Hollywood and major television networks. Random Hears (starring Harrison Ford and Kirsten Scott Thomas), The Sunset Gang (starring Jerry Stiller, Uta Hagen, Harold Gould, and Doris Roberts), Private Lies, Funny Boys, Madeline's Miracles, Trans-Siberian Express, and his Fiona Fitzgerald mystery series are only a few titles that have forever left Adler's mark on contemporary American authorship from page to stage to screen.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Stonehouse Press; First Edition edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159006044X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590060445
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,561,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
First I have to say I enjoyed both The War of the Roses and The Tie That Binds, but the dark nature of the latter attracted me more. This book is dark and twisted like it, but in a different way.
I loved 99% of it.
It was the very last page I hated. Yup. Total WTF!!
So I will keep in my memory the 99% and make my own last page....
Suspense seekers that like little sick and demented twists, this is for you....

4.5/5
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This is a tense, atmospheric thriller which uncoils chapter by chapter and leaves us with a literal cliff-hanger at journey's end. As with the best of the author's work, The Serpent's Bite is at times intentionally uncomfortable reading, with acutely drawn characters it is difficult to sympathise with, so that we turn the pages awaiting an anticipated comeuppance. It does not disappoint, and in Courtney Temple, Warren Adler has created a female character as manipulative as Becky Sharp, as vindictive as Nurse Ratchet and, ultimately, as destructively wicked as Mrs Danvers.

Kevin Cowdall, author of Paper Gods and Iron Men
Paper Gods and Iron Men (with Flanagan's Mule)
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Sad story of a father trying to reestablish a relationship with adult children. The father dives into this proces with eyes closed. His desire to repair the relationship is driven by a significant other who only has one side of the story. Tragic story but well worth the read.
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Having been written by the author of "The War of the Roses" I was expecting a blockbuster, can't put it down, can't wait to see what happens next kind of book. This was none of those things.

The book started off very slow and didn't get much better.

Not one of the characters in this book was likable in any way (well, maybe the aging father's new girlfriend that you get small glimpses of). You just couldn't connect with any of them. They also weren't so detestable as to make the book interesting. The back of the book describes the lead female character as "one of the most evil women of contemporary fiction". She didn't even come close.

I understand that dysfunctional people is the author's schtick. However, the whiny, spoiled, narcissistic, incestuous adult children in this book were a disappointment. More time was spent delving into and describing their sexual exploits, both past and present, than on character development.

The blackmailing illegal alien's character was so sporadically developed that he was pretty much an also ran character even though the plot depended on this character toward the end.

The drunk outfitter was so predictable it was like his character didn't even count.

The aging father was just pathetic.

The culmination of the story was one page that was anti-climactic and seemed to be thrown in as an afterthought.
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George Temple is a widower, with money; lots and lots of money. For many years he enabled his daughter and son financially. As the years passed and their respective ventures were continually unsuccessful, he cut off the money causing a bitter rift.
Now in his seventies, with a possible future with a younger woman, he seeks to make this oh so dysfunctional family a unit again, not only amongst the three of them, but with his new lady and her two grown children. Although a very good diamond merchant, he does not see that his offspring will never make the cut.

Serpent's Bite is vividly set in the wildest areas of Yellowstone. Clouded judgment, trying to 'go home again' to an expedition with his wife and children many years ago, George hires again a trail guide who has not weathered well. Despite his vast knowledge of the environs's flora and fauna, Harry's intense addiction to Wild Turkey erupts in dangerous negligence of his role of guide and volcanic eruptions of defensive and irrational temper.

Thus, we have wilderness; dependency on a drunken guide who abuses his Mexican helper, Tomas, an illegal; an aged and ill father harboring a fantasy of family reconciliation, expansion, and bliss. Add to the campfire a psychopathic daughter with an obsession about Daddy's money and a guilt ridden brother torn with conflicting interests. If all that is not a full campfire's griddle's worth of trouble waiting to burst into flames add a deep and dark family secret, and a hungry grizzly.
Saddle up, you are in for an adventure into dysfunctional relations that will take you to high country your worst dinner party nightmares could never conjure. Great character development, and fast galloping adventure!
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Format: Kindle Edition
George Temple has invited his children, Courtney and Scott, to go on a 6-day outing in Yellowstone National Park. The children are grown now, but when they were younger, they went with their parents, George and Bea, and spent 10 days horseback riding and camping in the park. Their mother died four years ago, and since that time Courtney has been completely estranged from her father and Scott has been partially so. Their father wants them to go on this shortened version of their previous trip as a way for him to bond once again with his children while reliving happier times and memories. He even goes so far as to hire the same guide they had for the original trip in an effort to recreate a special memory.

Courtney is convinced she is destined to be a movie star. She needs her father's money to live on while she pursues her dream. Scott sees himself as a successful business owner and needs his father's money to finance his many schemes. But, even though George is loaded (he owns a diamond-selling business), he has cut off all funds to his daughter, and most funds to his son since the death of his wife, as he considers both his children failures who just keep wasting his money

The last time the topic of wills and inheritances came up both Courtney and Scott were assured by their mother their future fortunes were secure. Upon the demise of both parents, the siblings were to receive an equal share of the total assets, which would amount to several million dollars each. But since the death of their mother, after several years of non-communication and indifference from the siblings towards their father, the matter of inheritance is now in question. The trip is their father's way of re-establishing ties with his children.
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