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Purgatory Chasm (Conway Sax Series #1)

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

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    Loaded with twists and spins, Purgatory Chasm is an exciting action-packed amateur sleuth mystery

    In Framingham, Massachusetts auto mechanic Conway Sax detests insufferable Tander Phigg, but the man belongs to the Alcoholics Anonymous Barnburner group. The Barnburners saved his life by sobering him up so Conway vowed to repay them whenever he can.

    Thus when the pig Phigg asks Conway to retrieve his 1980 Mercedes from New Hampshire Das Motorenwerk garage that has possessed his vintage auto for eighteen months, Sax reluctantly agrees. However, the seemingly simple request turns convoluted when someone at the garage knocks him out and later he learns someone killed Tander. The police suspect Sax of the murder as he is an ex con who has been fingered for being the last person seen with the deceased. Conway has two missions to resolve: first prove his innocence and second get the vehicle.

    Loaded with twists and spins, Purgatory Chasm is an exciting action-packed amateur sleuth mystery starring a fascinating flawed individual. Conway makes the tale work as a person in trouble who investigates the murder while also planning to repo the car. His past is nicely interwoven into the strong plot so that readers understand why he feels obligated to the Barnburner group.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Decent Read

    Not the typical book I read, however I did enjoy it. Its a different paced murder mystery lite. The main character is atypical and refreshing and this kept me reading it at a nightly pace. The book had no real highs but no real lows either.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Not great

    The protagonist is an ex con, reformed alcoholic, not-exactly-reformed thug, doing favors for a bunch of other thugs and losers associated with a branch of AA. Not a terribly appealing premise or "hero."

    The plot is also neither original nor plausible. Why doesn't this genius give the cops pertinent info? Why does he pursue inquiries after the instigator, who he didn't like, dies? No good reason. Guy's a mechanic, not a sleuth, as he demonstrates repeatedly. This is not his fight, and with no good reason for his behavior, the story is pointless. Not that this is unusual in fiction featuring amateur detectives, but with each additional nosy parker like that I read about, I become increasingly unwilling to suspend my disbelief in the character's actions.

    Bottom line, book is implausible and the characters unlikeable.

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    Promising

    An interesting read with some very nice character development but somewhat flawed by an overly complex plot that stretches the realms of probability a litle too far at times.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    A Revved Up Thriller

    Thriller does not begin to describe this break a neck pace of this whodunit story. The author had me belted in from the first word and kept me stuck in the seat until the shocking end of the ride. Mr. Ulfelder is poised to become one the hottest new mystery writers this year. Thank you to Early Readers for bring this awesome author to my attention!

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