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Date: 2009-03-04 22:06
Subject: Another reason why a necktie is a bad idea for a gift
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Tags:domenic_stansberry, mystery, usa
The Confession (2004)
by Domenic Stansberry
218 pages - Hard Case Crime

The narrator of this novel treats everything in it as his 'confession', which he is writing out, but how much he is actually confessing is, in the end, left up to the reader to determine. Jake Danser is a forensic psychologist living and working in the suburbs of San Francisco, married to a wealthy slightly older woman, and with the personality of a real jerk, complete with ponytail (I think it's a rule that any male urban professional sporting a ponytail is a grade-A ass). He acts as a witness for the defense in the case of a man accused of strangling his girlfriend, but soon the events move much closer to home when he is accused in the similar strangling death of his own mistress. The plot thickens when his estranged wife re-ignites her relationship with the prosecuting attorney in the case.

This novel is a lot different than many of the Hard Case Crime books, as much of the action is internal, dealing with the various thoughts and emotions and possible evasions in the narrator's account. Some people may find that indulgent, but I enjoyed it very much, and even with the occasional references to psychological theory or metaphysical and religious philosophy, I never thought it got too pretentious. Quite a good read, and I liked the writing style enough that I'll keep my eyes open for more of the author's work.

This was the winner of the 2005 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original.
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Talekyn
User: talekyn
Date: 2009-03-05 05:28 (UTC)
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I have about 21 Hard Case Crime books, and have only read 6. And this one is not among the 21 I own, so I'll have to seek it out. Sounds like something I'll enjoy, and sounds similar to "Fright" by Cornell Woolrich, also a Hard Case Crime book.
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