Devil in the Hole by Charles Salzberg

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...not a finished portrait but an intriguing collage of impressions and personal perspectives for the reader to ponder.
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In the ballroom of a sparsely furnished Connecticut mansion, police find a shocking sight: four bodies lined up next to each other, three teenagers and a middle-aged woman, each lying on a blanket, each shot once in the head. In an upstairs bedroom: an elderly woman and the family dog, both of them shot as well. The only person missing is the husband, father, son, and prime suspect, John Hartman, who's got a three-week jump on the police.

Through the eyes of almost two dozen characters, including the neighbor who reports the crime, Hartman's mistress, a dogged state investigator, the family minister, and some of the characters Hartman meets on his escape route, we piece together not only what happened and how these shocking murders affect the community, but how John Hartman evades capture, where he's headed, and maybe even why he committed this gruesome crime in the first place.

Based on the notorious John List murders and already compared to works by Norman Mailer and Russell Banks, Devil in the Hole is gripping, literate, and haunting.
 

About Charles Salzberg

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He has written fifteen books, including From Set Shot to Slam Dunk, an oral history of the NBA & Missy Hyatt, First Lady of Wrestling. He lives in New York City.
 
Published July 17, 2013 by Five Star. 254 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 20 2013

...not a finished portrait but an intriguing collage of impressions and personal perspectives for the reader to ponder.

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