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Spencerville by Nelson DeMille

Spencerville (1994)

by Nelson DeMille

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Another Demille novel that kept my rapt interest. It had spies, crime, a big fat sheriff, love, and was set in the nation's heartland. Great listen from Audible.com. ( )
  buffalogr | Aug 12, 2011 |
Keith Landry is such a charecter! Non stop excitement and suspense ( )
  Tommie1 | Jul 2, 2011 |
I got through about 15% of this book before putting it down. I love Nelson DeMille's John Corey books, but most everything else I've tried of his reads like a bad Lifetime movie. (Which is to say, any Lifetime movie!)

His antagonist, Cliff Baxter, is a stereotypical evil bully chief of police in a small town. He lords over everyone, including his wife, who makes a half-hearted attempt to kill him early on. Ironically, her former lover, Keith Landry, moves back to town from his career as a national intelligence officer. He still has feelings for her, although he knows she’s married. Think Keith and Cliff will do battle later on? I’m assuming so, but I’m not sticking around to find out.

DeMille seems more interested in describing every acre of Spencerville and its politics than in telling a good story. Which is unfortunate, because most of the Cory novels (except “Up Country”) are great. ( )
  Jarratt | Feb 15, 2011 |
This is undoubtedly his worst work. It is unnecessarily violent and cruel. I would miss this one./ ( )
  MichieB | Apr 11, 2009 |
This is not the kind of book Nelson DeMille usually writes, so I wasn't expecting to read what amounts to a fairy tale with explicit sex and violence.

Keith Landry has spent his adult life working for the government fighting the cold war. When that part of history ends, he is released from his job into an early retirement. He decides to go back to Spencerville, Ohio, the small agricultural town where he was born and grew up. This is also the place where the love of his life, Annie Prentis, still lives, although now she's married to the town's Chief Of Police who is a sadistic bully. Annie and Keith have maintained a platonic correspondence over the years, but both of them have thoughts of being together some day if and when they meet again. With Keith's return to Spencerville, the stage is set for the couple to reunite. Annie is ready to leave her husband, and Keith would like nothing more than to assist her so she'll be with him.

While the situations faced by the people in this story are very adult, the whole mood of the developing situations is adolescent. The one part that rings true is the sense of nostalgia DeMille infuses into the story. Anyone who has grown up in a small town will recognize the sense of unity; of people looking out for one another, and of the notion that everyone knows who you are and who you belong to. Whether DeMille is writing about the bar in the center of town or the general store visited by most of the towns' people, that feeling of pleasant past memories comes through to the reader.

While I wouldn't recommend this book as one of DeMille's best, it is an interesting story and a worthwhile read. ( )
  sloepoque | Feb 17, 2009 |
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The cold war is over, and Keith Landry, one of the nation's top intelligence officers, is forced into early and unwanted retirement. Restless, Landry returns to Spencerville, the small Midwestern town where he grew up. The place has changed in the quarter century since Landry stepped off his front porch into the world, but two important people from his past are still there: Annie Prentis, his first love, and Cliff Baxter, the high school bully who became the police chief of Spencerville and Annie's possessive husband. They're all about to come together again-and rip Spencerville apart with violence, vengeance, and renewed passion.

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Twenty-five years after he left for a career in cloak-and-dagger work, Keith Landry returns to his hometown in Ohio and starts seeing a former sweetheart. A dangerous liaison because her husband is chief of police. By the author of The General's Daughter.… (more)

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