Death of the Black-Haired Girl by Robert Stone

73%

7 Critic Reviews

Death of the Black Haired Girl, like all good crime noir stories, has it all: love, hate, lust, betrayal, cover-ups, and revenge. It is also teeming with memorable characters...
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

“Fast-paced [and] riveting . . . Stone is one of our transcendently great American novelists.” — Madison Smartt Bell

“Brilliant.” — Washington Post

At an elite college in a once-decaying New England city, Steven Brookman has come to a decision. A brilliant but careless professor, he has determined that for the sake of his marriage, and his soul, he must end his relationship with Maud Stack, his electrifying student, whose papers are always late yet always incandescent. But Maud is a young woman whose passions are not easily curtailed, and their union will quickly yield tragic and far-reaching consequences.

Death of the Black-Haired Girl is an irresistible tale of infidelity, accountability, the allure of youth, the promise of absolution, and the notion that madness is everywhere, in plain sight.

“At once unsparing and generous in its vision of humanity, by turns propulsive and poetic, Death of the Black-Haired Girl is wise, brave, and beautifully just.” — Boston Globe

“Unsettling and tightly wrought—and a worthy cautionary tale about capital-C consequences.” — Entertainment Weekly

“A taut, forceful, lacerating novel, full of beautifully crafted language.” — Los Angeles Review of Books
 

About Robert Stone

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Robert Stone is a Professor in the Biology Department at Suffolk County Community College and is also a co-author of the successful Coloring Guide to Anatomy and Physiology and Atlas of Skeletal Muscles. Robert, and his wife, Judith, have combined teaching experience of over 30 years.
 
Published November 5, 2013 by Mariner Books. 293 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Death of the Black-Haired Girl
All: 7 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on Aug 04 2013

An unusual but poised mix of noir and town-and-gown novel, bolstered by Stone’s well-honed observational skills.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Nov 25 2013

...his gift for orchestrating suspense and dramatic scenes — so vividly on display in “Damascus Gate,”...is deployed here with efficiency and élan. As is his talent for charting his characters’ psychological and spiritual longings.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Claire Messud on Nov 15 2013

Stone turns his considerable powers of concrete evocation to describing Amesbury’s almost mythically dystopian landscape, populated by the indigent and the mentally unstable.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 20 2013

...imbues his characters with a rare depth that makes each one worthy of his or her own novel. With its atmosphere of dread starting on page one, this story will haunt readers for some time.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Sam Millar on Oct 17 2013

Death of the Black Haired Girl, like all good crime noir stories, has it all: love, hate, lust, betrayal, cover-ups, and revenge. It is also teeming with memorable characters...

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NPR

Below average
Reviewed by Rosecrans Baldwin on Nov 16 2013

There are problems with Stone's dialogue — at times, it's too fabricated — and, by the end, the story doesn't build to much. But along the way, the characters who stock the novel are richly drawn...

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Star Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Bob Hoover on Dec 10 2013

There’s much here to tease readers to expect a bigger payoff that never materializes. For those who recall the powerful moments from Stone’s magisterial early novels, “Death of the Black-Haired Girl” is a shadow of those thrilling books.

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