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Now You See Him: A Novel

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting thriller

    In Manhattan, writer Rob Castor could have starred in one of his tales when he kills his girlfriend and himself in a murder suicide. The media goes manic with the deaths of two writers especially since Rob is a cult favorite for his dark tales and ¿experts¿ search for clues to this tragedy. His childhood best friend Nick Framingham is stunned when he hears the news and needs to know why over the objection of his wife. Nick visits Rob¿s sister Belinda to offer his condolences and to also learn more about Rob¿s final days especially his relationship with the woman he murdered. Seeing Belinda reminds Rob how much he desired her even as his own marriage is apparently tanking. Still he looks back at their childhood for clues and tries to track Rob¿s final days to seek an explanation as he like Belinda need closure instead he finds each step he takes seems to bring him deeper into an abyss. --- This is an exciting thriller as Nick struggles to learn why, but also begins to realize the roots of the tragedy lies in their childhoods. Readers will empathize with Nick and his need for closure his way. However the key to this superb suspense story is the slow revelations that ultimately tie together in an incredible ending. --- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    Rich literary prose with a riveting story line

    I was lucky enough to be passed an advanced reader's copy of Eli Gottlieb's 'Now You See Him.' I have not seen a literary novel of this caliber in quite some time. I was completely captivated by the layering of deft prose over such a compelling narrative and, though I wanted to slowly savor each pitch perfect sentence, ended up staying up half the night because I literally couldn't put the book down, another rarity for this reader (my literary friends had similar insomniac experiences). I found the characters, especially Nick, the protagonist, and his wife Lucy, sympathetic not for their affability, wholesomeness, or upstanding morals, but for the simple fact that they, unlike the characters of so many novels, are real. Their problems are not pretty but they are deeply, essentially human and as a result are all the more enthrallingly believable. It's so much easier to root for the character that does no wrong, but what impresses me is the novelist's courage in offering us people who aren't the biggest or the best, and who don't always do the right thing. The book is heartbreakingly steeped in reality with a capital R, fulfilling the immemorial mandate of literature: to bear witness and to offer us a mirror not in which to see an idealized version of ourselves but that reality which includes us in our often tragic entirety, warts and all. Though the plot is intensely gripping and fast-paced, this is not the sort of approach that every reader, especially those accustomed to packaged genre thrillers or escapist fiction, will necessarily be able to appreciate. Much like American cinema, American media, and Coca Cola, novels coming out of the U.S. tend to have no-stone-unturned endings, sugar coated with feel-good 'awakenings,' charismatic insights and perfectly knit finales designed to appease our unrefined palate. For me, the joy of literature, and I'm talking bona fide literature--is the way in which it exposes the wellsprings of motive, and in doing so, shows us just how authentically 'human' human is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Not bad

    Overall it was interesting and kept my interest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    A superb novel...

    Now You See Him exceeded my expectations. I saw this book at the store and just took a chance on it, not expecting too much. All I can say is that I am glad that I took that chance, because this book delivers the goods. Eli Gottlieb took his time on this one, each sentence seems to be perfectly constructed. The story itself was amazing, the revelation at the end of the book was brilliant. This book is comparable to the work of Douglas Coupland, which is a compliment to Gottlieb. I cannot say enough positive things about this book. Try it, you won¿t regret it. A+ for Now You See Him.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

    A Page Turner...

    The story moves quickly, and I found myself wanting to know what was happening next. The author skips between past and present with ease. The book certainly makes one look at human nature and all the influences that make us what we are. I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in "life as we know it".

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