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The End of the Pier by Martha Grimes

The End of the Pier (1992)

by Martha Grimes

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It's supposed to be a psychological thriller. I guess it was ok, not much of a who dunnit. It was more about characters in a small town. I enjoyed it sometimes. I think if you like Gabriel Garcia then you might like this book. ( )
  CassandraT | Oct 10, 2014 |
For fans of Grimes' Emma Graham series, this book is novel in that it gives a little bit of an adult perspective on the town and townspeople 12-year-old Emma describes. It's not a particularly strong mystery, but more of a blending with a dramatic, character-based story. It is dramatic and well written, but only one of the several plot threads is resolved. I imagine Grimes meant to revisit these characters, but moved on to Emma as a way to do that. ( )
  EmScape | Feb 11, 2011 |
What a disappointment after the "Lamora Wink." That book was magic. This one was lead. The heroine is a melodramatic game-player who mistakes nostalgia for romanticisim. After a hint of a plot, the book seques to a completely different story (which would be better if you weren't trying to figure out how it connects wth the fist part of the book), then, almost as an afterthought, suddenly reverts to a quick, neat, quiet tie-up of the original plot. ( )
  nepejwster | Sep 17, 2008 |
Not a Richard Jury novel. Set in a small American resort town by a lake. Maud Chadwick waits tables at the Rainbow Cafe, and watches her 20 year old son step out on his own. Her friend Sam DeGheyn, the town sheriff, is obsessed with the unsolved murders of three local women. Bittersweet, atmospheric, not funny like the classic Jury series. Okay, but I like Jury better. ( )
  tripleblessings | Feb 2, 2007 |
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In a sleepy resort town, Maud Chadwick waits tables at the Rainbow Cafe. Her confidant is Sheriff Sam DeGheyn and what they have in common is obsession. Maude doesn't want her son to leave home, and Sam cannot let go of the unsolved murders of three local women -- or his intuition that the killer is still out there. How these lives intertwine reveals a rich and startling story of parents and children and the pain they cause one another.

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Maud Chadwick sits at the end of the pier, watching the party across the water. Sometimes she is joined by Sheriff Sam DeGheyn, who finds her quiet company a refuge from the problems of his own marriage and from his increasing professional concerns. For the town's sleepy atmosphere is deceptive: three local women have been murderedand Sam suspects the wrong man has been convicted and that the real killer is readying himself to strike again.… (more)

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