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  • Posted August 27, 2012

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    Ariel S. Winter in his new book, ¿The Twenty-Year Death¿ publish

    Ariel S. Winter in his new book, “The Twenty-Year Death” published by
    Titan Books gives us a mystery that takes twenty years and three
    detectives to figure out. From the back cover: THERE’S NEVER BEEN A
    BOOK LIKE THE TWENTY-YEAR DEATH A breathtaking first novel written in
    the form of three separate crime novels, each set in a different decade
    and penned in the style of a different giant of the mystery genre.
    1931—The body found in the gutter in France led the police inspector to
    the dead man’s beautiful daughter—and to her hot-tempered American
    husband. 1941—A hardboiled private eye hired to keep a movie studio’s
    leading lady happy uncovers the truth behind the brutal slaying of a
    Hollywood starlet. 1951—A desperate man pursuing his last chance at
    redemption finds himself with blood on his hands and the police on his
    trail… Three compete novels that, taken together, tell a single epic
    story, about an author whose life is shattered when violence and tragedy
    consume the people closest to him. It is an ingenious and emotionally
    powerful debut performance from literary detective and former bookseller
    Ariel S. Winter, one that establishes this talented newcomer as a
    storyteller of the highest caliber. Back in the Sixties, every so often
    there would be a crossover on various television shows. The story might
    start on a detective show and then end on a medical show. Those shows
    were a lot of fun because the characters from the one show had to
    interact with the characters from the other as well as resolve the
    storyline. It wasn’t done frequently which made it all the more
    enjoyable. I don’t think I have ever read a story line similar to that
    until now. When I was growing up I read the classics like Ellery Queen,
    Sherlock Holmes and Inspector Maigret by Georges Simenon. As I got a
    little older I read Raymond Chandler’s P.I. Phillip Marlowe. In “The
    Twenty-Year Death” Mr. Winter has written three stories, the first one,
    set in 1931, written in the style of Georges Simenon with an Inspector
    Maigret investigator. The second, set in 1941, is written in the style
    of Raymond Chandler with a Phillip Marlowe investigator. The third, set
    in 1951, is written in the style of Jim Thompson which, unfortunately I
    cannot talk much about because I never read anything by him. “The
    Twenty-Year Death” is a crossover Heaven. It begins in France, heads
    over to Hollywood and concludes in Calvert, Md.. Twenty years, three
    different writing styles all Ariel S. Winter. This is one mystery that
    keeps you guessing as you read frantically and keep flipping pages as
    fast as you can. Mr. Winter has done a fantastic job in writing this
    book and deserves a great deal of credit. I am so impressed, the
    classics aren’t dead. Ariel S. Winter is helping keep them alive. I
    recommend it highly! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this
    book for free from Hard Case Crime for this review. I was not required
    to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I
    am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16
    CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and
    Testimonials in Advertising.”

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    A great read. Nothing like anything  I'd read before! Terrific i

    A great read. Nothing like anything  I'd read before! Terrific imagery!

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

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    The Twenty-Year Death is an outstanding and thrilling crime nove

    The Twenty-Year Death is an outstanding and thrilling crime novel from start to finish! Winter pulls you in from the very beginning. It is a book that you will not want to put down!

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