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The Dead Room by Robert Ellis

The Dead Room (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Robert Ellis

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Title:The Dead Room
Authors:Robert Ellis
Info:Pinnacle (2002), Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Collections:Kindle, Read in 2012
Tags:Crime novel

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The Dead Room by Robert Ellis (2002)



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Thoroughly enjoyed my first book by this author. The obvious suspect for the homicide appears to be totally guilty, but as the book progresses, facts come to light that at first cast doubt on that accusation. The revelation of the real murderer before halfway through adds to the tension, as do all the reasons that various people have for behaving in the way that they do. Skilfully written, pacy read.
  Alan1946 | Jun 25, 2016 |
Robert Ellis', The Dead Room is a riveting and intense crime mystery psycho thriller of a deranged serial killer, a politically driven prosecutor, an unethical justice system, and a conspiracy with twists and turns, which will leave you speechless. Be prepared for a scary, twisted, and gruesome roller coaster ride of your life.

In Philadelphia, a young teen girl, Darlene Lewis is getting ready for her boyfriend, while her parents are out of town and is murdered, in a horrific gruesome manner. She has been skinned and glued to a dining room table. The mailman, Oscar Holmes has been charged with the murder. She had been taunting him, and he has a past; his fingerprints and teeth marks are found on the body and a neighbor witnessed the mail carrier running away from the crime scene, drenched in blood, at the approximate time the crime was committed.

Next you have Teddy Mack, a young attorney, with a horrible past. His father was convicted of a murder he did not commit as was set up. Due to this, he does not want to get into criminal law, as is a real estate attorney with Barnett and Stokes Law Firm.

One of the partners in the firm, where he is an associate takes on a murder case and asks for Teddy's help. The partner claims that he has accepted the case as a favor to the alleged murderer's family, who are his friends. He wants Teddy to convince a local law professor with a national reputation to work with them on the case. Despite his issues with his father's death, he is told that all he will be asked to do, since the defendant obviously committed the heinous crime, is to eliminate the death penalty as an option and make sure that the accused is sentenced to life in an institution for the criminally insane, as opposed to the state penitentiary.

Teddy begins to believe despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Holmes is innocent and due to his background and wrongful conviction of his father, he is driven to help Holmes as he walks into a world of dirty politics, corruption, and lies, as deadly as the killer's twisted secrets

An intense and gripping crime thriller, of a serial killer, a political conspiracy and revenge. Cannot give away the twist at the end; however, will say, the book was intriguing and unpredictable, with a corrupt criminal justice system. Too good!

If you like a dose of shock, terror, complexity, demons, homicide, twisted, murder, ambition, betrayal, justice, courtroom drama, political, crime thrillers, suspense, action, and can stomach some gruesome acts of violence combined with some great writing, and a surprise ending, this book is for you.

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator, Jim McCance was quite chilling, which made it even more spooky and realistic. Looking forward to more by Ellis!
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  JudithDCollins | Nov 26, 2014 |
Well written,well developed characters,lots of suspense. I felt the ending didn't provide adequate closer, hence 1/2 star off. It was a good book but the ending was too abrupt. ( )
  dsdmd | Jul 4, 2013 |
Another freebie from Amazon. I really have to stop doing this to myself. I have gotten better and more discerning, but still I get stung now and then. Overall this was pretty flimsy and shocking for the sake of being shocking. Teddy tried to be a “character”, but didn’t quite get there. Same with the killer(s), they weren’t much different than any we’ve seen in 1,000 movies and crime TV shows. I guess it’s getting harder and harder to come up with something the least original. Also, the reason for one killer’s behavior is (of course) due to his mother, but other than some vague hints, we have no idea what she did to the kid. Probably nothing new there either, so maybe we were spared. Evil mothers abound in serial killer-land. Here are some of my notes while reading -

ATM machine - ugh. A peeve. I know it’s common usage, but it still clangs.

Shaved vagina - seriously, men are so dumb.

The modem began screeching - really? in a nice law firm in 2002? Seems off. Other things, too like some big hair on a woman. I can’t remember anyone having big hair in 2002. Things like those and the smoking lead me to believe that it was written a lot earlier, then revised in 2002.

“You’re looking for an animal.” Really? Animals don’t do this to each other. No, it takes a human for this level of outrageous destruction. Animals are not psychotic. Animals are not deliberately cruel. Animals aren’t serial killers. Ugh. This kind of phraseology just makes me squiggle-eyed.

“Smiled like a snake.” Snakes don't have lips.

Phased does not equal fazed. Later, he got it right so someone knows the difference, but one instance slipped by.

“Vega had emptied the clip...” Sigh. Another peeve. Clips don’t have springs. Magazines have springs. Handguns use magazines.

“...the gun … had fired at him.” Why so round-about? The guy shot him. This implies he missed or was erratic in some way. Careless.

The limp...and Nash’s general weirdness gave it away and I guessed his level of participation before the big reveal.

“The crime scene at the Lewis house flashed before Teddy’s eyes.” This seems to happen a lot to Teddy during the first part of the novel, before his transformation into John McClean. Yippie-ki-ay.

“Together … they’d become the world’s next three lepers in a city that didn’t really want any.” Ugh. I don’t mean to keep picking on the guy, but damn this is an awful sentence.

Anyway, I did finish it which is more than I can say for other freebie thrillers I’ve tried and abandoned. I guess that’s something. ( )
  Bookmarque | Jul 1, 2013 |
The book is an interesting read, with vivid characters and landscapes. However, there were several big plot holes and outlandish behavior that was distracted me and tainted the story. ( )
  dougcornelius | Nov 18, 2012 |
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A young woman is found, brutally murdered and left on gruesome display in the "safety" of her own home. The atrocity kicks off an investigation into a bizarre string of increasingly disturbing murders, all believed to be perpetrated by someone of unprecedented savagery and cunning. As the city's panic rises, civil attorney Teddy Mack is thrown headlong into the grisly homicide case--and into a world of dirty politics and corrupt justice, where deceptions are as deadly as the killer's twisted secrets. Now, another woman is about to meet the same horrific fate as the others. To end a madman's reign, Teddy must enter his maze--a place of unimaginable terror and shocking revelations.
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