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Life Sentence   By: (1925-1990)

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In "Life Sentence" by James V. McConnell, readers are invited into a gripping psychological thriller that keeps them on the edge of their seats until the very last page. This heart-stopping novel delves into the mind of a criminal mastermind, showcasing the intricate cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between the protagonist and antagonist.

The story follows the life of Alex Turner, a brilliant detective battling his own inner demons while trying to solve a series of mysterious and brutal murders in a small town. As the case progresses, Alex becomes entangled in an intense relationship with the elusive killer, pushing both the detective and his own sanity to the limits.

One of the novel's standout features is McConnell's exceptional ability to craft complex and believable characters. Alex Turner is a deeply flawed yet incredibly relatable protagonist, whose struggle with personal demons adds depth and humanity to his character. The antagonist, whose identity remains shrouded in secrecy until the final chapters, is portrayed with eerie perfection, leaving readers gasping for breath as they witness the dark depths of the criminal mind.

McConnell's writing style is captivating, with a seamless blend of suspense and intricate plot development. The pacing of the story is flawless, with twists and turns that constantly keep readers guessing. The vivid descriptions and attention to detail paint a vivid picture of both the crime scenes and the inner turmoil of the characters, immersing the reader in a world of darkness and intrigue.

What makes "Life Sentence" truly outstanding is its exploration of the human psyche and the fine line between good and evil. As Alex delves deeper into the mind of the killer, readers are confronted with chilling questions about the nature of justice, revenge, and the consequences of our actions. The moral ambiguity of the story challenges readers to question their own preconceived notions of right and wrong, leaving a lasting impact long after the final page is turned.

However, it is important to note that "Life Sentence" contains graphic and disturbing content, which may not be suitable for all readers. The brutal descriptions of violence might be too intense for some, and those sensitive to explicit language should approach this novel with caution.

In conclusion, "Life Sentence" by James V. McConnell is an electrifying page-turner that will leave readers guessing until the very end. With its complex characters, gripping plot, and thought-provoking themes, this psychological thriller is a must-read for fans of the genre. McConnell's masterful storytelling keeps readers glued to the pages, making this novel a true tour de force that will linger in the minds of readers long after they have finished reading.

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Life Sentence


Illustrated by DICK FRANCIS

"Happy New Year!" she cried. But how often should one hear it said in a single lifetime?

Outside, bells were ringing. "Happy New Year!"

The mad sound of people crazed for the moment, shouting, echoed the bells.

"Happy New Year!"

A sound of music, waxing, waning, now joined in wild symphony by the voices, now left alone to counterpoint the noise of human celebration....

For a while, Oliver Symmes heard the raucous music of the crowd. It became a part of him, seemed to come from somewhere inside him, gave him life. And then, as always, it passed on, leaving him empty.


The door to his room opened and a young looking woman, dressed in a pleasant green uniform, came in and turned up the light. On her sleeve she wore the badge of geriatrician, with the motto, "To Care for the Aged."

"Happy New Year, Mr. Symmes," she said, and went over to stand by the window. In the mild light, the sheen of her hair attracted attention away from the slight imperfections of her face.

She watched the crowd outside, wishing she could be a part of it. There seemed so little life inside the prison where the only function of living was the awaiting of death. "To Care for the Aged." That meant to like and love them as well as to take physical care of them... Continue reading book >>

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