Devil in the Hole
by Charles Salzberg
on Tour September 1 - October 31, 2013
Book Details:Genre: Literary psychological crime fiction Published by: Five Star/Cengage Publication Date: July 19, 2013 Number of Pages: 253 ISBN: 978-1-4328-2696-3 Purchase Links:
Synopsis:Devil in the Hole is based on a true crime that occurred over 40 years ago in New Jersey, wherein a man murdered his entire family, wife, three children, mother and the family dog, and disappeared. My novel uses that event and takes off from there, following the murderer on his escape route. Using the voices of people he meets along the way, and people who are affected by his crime, the reader starts to build a portrait of the man and why he did what he did, in addition to following those who are searching for him.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 5-17-2013 This title publishes JULY 2013 “In this smartly constructed crime novel, Salzberg uses multiple viewpoints to portray an unlikely killer who methodically slaughters his family . . . an intriguing collage of impressions and personal perspectives for the reader to ponder.” **************************************** Devil in the Hole by Charles Salzberg. Five Star, $25.95 (254p) ISBN 978-1-4328-2696-3 In this smartly constructed crime novel, Salzberg (Swann Dives In) uses multiple viewpoints to portray an unlikely killer who methodically slaughters his family. When James Kirkland, a neighbor, notices something odd going on at the Sedgewick, Conn., home of the Hartmans, he calls the police. Inside the Georgian-style mansion, police find the neatly executed bodies of Adele Hartman, her three teenage children, and her mother-in-law. John Hartman, Adele’s husband, is missing. Salzberg adroitly creates the voices of Hartman as he tries to establish a new life for himself; Charles Floyd, a senior police investigator who becomes obsessed with finding Hartman; and Kirkland, whose discovery changes his life. A slew of other characters who knew Hartman or who encounter him as he moves around provide snippets of information. The result is not a finished portrait but an intriguing collage of impressions and personal perspectives for the reader to ponder. Agent, Alex Glass, Trident Media Group. (July) Reviewed on 05/17/2013 | Details & Permalink (July)
Charles Salzberg has written one of the best novels I've read, this is an eerie look into the mind of a killer. We all wonder how can anyone be so evil, taking a life in such horrific ways? This is based on a true story and not only do we get a peek into the killer's mind but we see how it effects the victim's family and friends as well as people who just hear about it.
The talented author shows us how senseless these crimes are and how they don't accomplish for killers what they ultimately are looking for. A very interesting, not to mention perturbing, psychological thriller.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.