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Mystery (Blue Rose Trilogy) (original 1990; edition 2010)

by Peter Straub

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Title:Mystery (Blue Rose Trilogy)
Authors:Peter Straub
Info:Anchor (2010), Edition: 1, Paperback, 560 pages
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Mystery by Peter Straub (1990)

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Went totally to hell at the end , but started off great ( )
  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
To put it mildly, this is a book I must have read a dozen times since I was a teenager, and I still feel the same fascination with the plot now as the first time I read it in French. There is a deep sense of 'uncanny' ('unheimlich'), as the modern day storyline is mixed with strange elements and past history ghosts/murders. Everything is connected between the past and the present and Straub's skill is fully developped as he plays with readers with clues and connections, daring us to understand the full story right up til the end.

The narrative is on the third person, but you feel close to the main character, Tom, as you read his thoughts and perceive his reasonning along the plot. I enjoyed the first part most, Tom's childhood, as it is a key element for the whole storyline. This book cannot be put down, because you feel you have to know what happens and you have to know the reasons behind so many murders. It is a good stand-alone book, the one that initiated me to the 'Blue Rose' murders series and I have read the rest of the books - this book is highly recommended as a first approach to Straub's 'thriller' genre writing (well apart from his 'horror' genre). ( )
  soniaandree | Oct 4, 2012 |
The small Caribbean island of Mill Walk is run by an elite group of rich islanders who live in an enclave on the East shore and spend their summers together 'up north', in Eagle Lake Wisconsin. They are an insular group, who pretend not to notice the corruption that supports their priviledged lifestyle, so when Tom Pasmore, the teenage grandson of one of the most powerful men on the islanders develops an interest in murders past and present, it really causes waves!

Unexpectedly good! I didn't realise that Peter Straub wrote murder mysteries as well as horror stories. ( )
  isabelx | Mar 8, 2011 |
Reasl tough going. Interesting most of the time but too much detail ( )
  Tommie1 | Feb 27, 2011 |
The best Holmes pastiche I’ve read—and yes, I know the character’s name isn’t Holmes, and he’s not English, and it’s half a century too late for a pastiche…but still. ( )
  LaurieRKing | Mar 10, 2010 |
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I need, therefore I imagine. - Carlos Fuentes
All human society is constructed on complicity in a great crime. - Freud, Peter Gay
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For Lila Kalinich and For Ann Lauterbach
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Mill Walk does not exist on any map - let us acknowledge that at the beginning.
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The world is half night.
In the end, music did explain everything.
Sometimes life is like a book.
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A young boy passed beyond the pale of death and returned with no answers - except chilling clues to the ultimate mystery...

An old man spent his life solving mysteries until he wanted to know nothing more of the terror or life and the horror of death...

A beautiful girl - for whom sex held no mystery but whose fate was a question mark - was caught in a whirlpool of forces beyond her control ...

Each was prey to the intrigue that shadowed them, and all the others in their trendy world of wealth, power and pleasure - an evil that reached out from the abyss of the past to haunt the present and claim the living ...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451168690, Mass Market Paperback)

In this chilling novel in Peter Straub's Blue Rose trilogy, characters in a world of wealth, power, and pleasure fall prey to an evil that reaches out from the abyss of the past to haunt the present and claim the living.

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A near-fatal traffic accident and a resulting obsession with death drive Tom Pasmore to join his neighbor, famous retired detective Lamont von Heilitz, in investigating two very different murders.

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