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Spencerville by Nelson DeMille

Spencerville (1994)

by Nelson DeMille

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Great characters, very deeply drawn...both the heroes and villains. I felt I got to know them all. The plot is straight forward, but the journey to its conclusion is fast paced, tense, filled with twists and turns and makes you turn the pages rapidly.

There is enough wry humor, sarcasm and cynicism from the protagonist (Keith Landry) and his allies to allow the reader a chance to relax from the nonstop action...refreshing and almost necessary in a book this lengthy. The major bad guy (Cliff Baxter) is truly despicable, but devious, dangerous, deadly and cunning (and he wears a badge). It is quite easy hoping he gets what's due him. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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 |
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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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