The Poison Artist Lib/E Audio CD – Unabridged, 26 January 2016
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- Publisher : HighBridge Audio; Unabridged edition (26 January 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1665151641
- ISBN-13 : 978-1665151641
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About the Author
Jonathan Moore is the author of several dark suspense thrillers. He has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and an Edgar Award. He completed law school in New Orleans and has worked as an English teacher, a bar owner, a raft guide, and an investigator for a criminal defense attorney in Washington, DC.
Luke Daniels, winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration, is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction. His background is in classical theater and film, and he has performed at repertory theaters around the country.
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For what it's worth, I thought this was very well done. Moore's writing was smooth, the descriptions and the settings were very well done.
I've received this novel from the publishers, Hachette Australia, in exchange for an honest review.
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I knew I had chosen wisely when just a few pages in I was already fully immersed. Here was a character drowning the evening away in classy bars before inevitably meeting the aforementioned femme fatale, where we are introduced to her drink of choice; Berthe de Joux, the absinthe drink for a select few, I imagine. The way in which this drink is prepared is not too unlike the way I prepare my coffee; a Chemex slow drip over ice. And so, naturally, I was pleasantly intrigued and fascinated with this little detail.But the true allure here is the manner in which this author describes it all, in a descriptive manner all his own. A prose so beautiful and elegant, but stopping short of turning too flowery in style. It instead sets the mood perfectly for this neo-noir upper-class mystery thriller.From then on, I was properly hooked and enjoyed the unravelling of mysteries that followed up until the end.A very satisfying read.
San Francisco toxicologist Caleb Maddox has just had a bruising break-up with his girlfriend when he meets a glamorous 'lady in red' in a late-nite bar. Emmeline is from another era, beautiful but damaged, with an edge of mystery and danger about her. Caleb is himself damaged by an episode in his past that continues to haunt him. Called in to examine the bodies of men fished out of the bay, he finds evidence of poison and hideous torture. There's gruesome stuff here: one victim's body has turned to soap in the water ('saponification' - look it up).
At times I wasn't sure if this was meant to be a medical/psychological horror story or an erotic thriller. A long scene in a period mansion lit by candles and a hurricane lamp is quasi-Victorian, with some highly-charged sex. Jonathan Moore's writing is accomplished and often vividly original. The mansion has a secret room with "the heavy scent of dust and dead memories." For me the metaphysical denouement was hard to swallow, shifting the tone from Victorian gothic to Hollywood gothic (Brian De Palma territory), but this is an impressive debut novel, dark and deeply disturbing.
[Reviewer is the author of THE BEXHILL MISSILE CRISIS]
But still, my sailor's heart belongs to Close Reach - I hope he'll write another great sailing story again some day.