A Crooked Man: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, 1995 - Fiction - 351 pages
2 Reviews
As Senator Nick Schlafer fishes alone in a stream that runs through his private country compound in northern Virginia, he reels in a ventriloquist's dummy that looks very much like a little boy. He knows immediately that this is neither accident nor coincidence. For the senator, who lost his daughter only a year before, an apparent victim of a drug overdose, the veiled threat that something might happen to his son is more than he can bear. It is also bewildering. He has no enemies, at least none he knows of. True, the legislation he plans to introduce, laws that would decriminalize many of the common street drugs, will doubtless infuriate many and touch off a contentious debate. But could someone feel so personally threatened as to bring harm to a young child? Moving from Washington's corridors of power - the Senate and the White House itself - to the small town in Pennsylvania where Schlafer grew up and where his teenage daughter died under what Nick feels were mysterious circumstances, A Crooked Man is a complex and thoughtful suspense novel, fast paced yet yielding up new twists and revelations at each turn, to the very end. Filled with perfectly realized characters - Nick's estranged but still-loved wife; a curiously literate organized crime chief; Nick's rival, both in politics and for his family's affection, the enigmatic and powerful Emery - A Crooked Man is about a family haunted by its own secrets, and about the way in which these secrets, never faced or discussed, emerge into the larger world of public affairs, with deadly results.

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User Review  - sonyainf - LibraryThing

This book was ok, but a bit complicated. A senator trying to legalize drugs finds out a trusted family friend is involved in the senator's daughter's death and his son's kidnapping. Was a slow-moving book, not very intense. Read full review

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User Review  - Erich Sysak - Goodreads

The first 150 pages were promising although I was concerned about the ridiculous nature of the clues left behind. When I got to 195 the book completely fell apart and I had to put it down. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
13
Section 3
28
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About the author (1995)

Lehmann-Haupt, Daily Book Reviewer for The New York Times, lives in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York.

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