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From Publishers Weekly
Teasingly erotic, Brooks' first novel is that rarest of sexual thrillers, in which the sex isn't gratuitous but a convincing means to an end. What begins as a way for Seattle stockbroker Dillon Masters to live out his sexual fetishes turns into a high-stakes game of strategy and deceit, in which the prize is life. The players in this game are few, including Masters, his wife, his mysterious lover (whom he calls the ""Dark Lady""), her husband, a detective, a psychiatrist and a lawyer friend of Masters, but the many extremes each takes to destroy the others are shocking. Midnight phone calls, secret dalliances and dangerous play-acting ensue until Masters realizes he's caught in a complex scam and could be pegged for murder. The novel's final scenes burst with the intensity of a first-rate horror film, and it's difficult to detect a loophole in the intricate plot.
""An absolute must read, Deadly Faux is guaranteed entertainment. In Wolfgang Schmitt, Larry Brooks has created a wise-cracking protagonist who is witty, resourceful, intelligent, and, most surprisingly, vulnerable. Brooks plunges Wolf into a seemingly unwinnable caldron involving Las Vegas casinos, the mob, and femme fatales, then turns the heat up high. I finished Deadly Faux in one sitting, couldn’t put it down, and can’t wait to read the next book. Step aside Nelson DeMille and Stuart Woods—Schmitt happens!"" —Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of The Jury Master, for Deadly Faux
“Crime novelist Raymond Chandler was widely acknowledged in his day as the Poet Laureate of The Dark Side (he looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food cake). He died in 1959 and ever since there have been many pretenders to his throne. Among the best are James M. Cain, Elmore Leonard, Robert B. Parker, James Lee Burke—all masters of the craft, all wordsmiths of the first order, but none of them had Chandler’s gifts. After half a century of being on the lookout for a crime fiction writer with a voice that rivals Chandler’s, one has finally appeared, quietly chugging his way up the bestseller lists with Darkness Bound, Whisper of the Seventh Thunder, Serpent’s Dance, and Bait and Switch. His name is Larry Brooks. The guy has a slick tone and a crackling, cynical wit with lots of vivid descriptions (of both interior and exterior landscapes), and the sparkling figures of speech dance off the page and explode in your inner ear. Though as modern as an iPad 5S, he is truly and remarkably Chandleresque. He’s dazzling. Check out his new one, Deadly Faux—it’s sexy, complex, intelligent; a truly delightful novel with more plot twists than a plate of linguine swimming in olive oil.” —James N. Frey, author of How to Write a Damn Good Novel, for Deadly Faux
She sat very still in her husband’s favorite chair, sipping an exquisite Pinot Noir as she watched him die. That there could be pleasure in the taking of a life was something she hadn’t considered. For all her meticulous planning and diabolical patience, the notion of experiencing some dark shiver of satisfaction had never entered her mind. But here on the threshold of commitment, fully invested and completely immersed in the moment, she understood it instinctively. Whether it was death or power or simply the sweet venom of revenge made no difference, really. Perhaps it was just the intoxicating whiff of impending freedom. For her these things had become a sum in excess of their parts, melting and melding, changing everything.
At first it felt comfortable, like slipping into an expensive designer gown before a full mirror, the moment encasing you and making you understand your feminine power. It didn’t take her long to realize, however, that this, like so many fantasies spun into flesh, wasn’t the enduring entertainment it had started out to be.
The idea had been born four months earlier while she was scanning a travel magazine at her hair salon. It was a pictorial on the island of Capri in Italy, a place she’d always wanted to see, a place her husband said they’d never go. He’d been there in another life, and he took some ridiculous masculine pride in never covering the same ground twice. She could go herself, he informed her quite seriously, when he was dead and buried. He’d said it with that mean little smile of his, and in that instant the dark idea became an intention that breathed. From that point on, every thought, every agenda, had related to this moment.
Posted March 22, 2005
This novel kept me interested the entire length of the book. If you're looking for a book full of sex and erotica, this isnt for you. Although a few scenes with the Dark Lady and Dillon Masters hit did the spot. Overall an excellent book and is reccommended to all who love twists at the end of every chapter, keeping you into the whole thing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 10, 2003
Posted January 20, 2003
Very good read. The book kept me comming back for more. Very well put together and one of the best books i have read in a wile. Cant wait to read more of larry brooks's books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2002
If you want another 'Topping from Below', you may be disappointed, however, if you want an EXCELLENT story with plots and twists then this is the book for you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 2001
Two generations ago I would enjoy the stories of the master storyteller, Alfred Hitchcock. Be it Psycho, or Vertigo, or Rear Window, or The Birds, each story kept me on the edge of my seat. Now comes author Larry Brooks. And while, Larry, is not yet in Mr Hitchcock's class, I found myself enjoying Darkness Bound in the same way I'd enjoyed my Hitchcock thrillers, two generations ago. As a best-selling writer of thrillers and mystery, I do understand the amount of skill required and the amount of talent that it takes to bring a great story from manuscript to print. And for those reasons I admire Larry Brooks, and what he has created in his Darkness Bound. Darkness Bound is the tale of a man, who is caught up in a game of murder. He lured there by a fatally beautiful psycho babe . Bad turns to worse, for the man, as the people he most trusts fall into his morass of lies and deception and then turn against him. If you are looking for an excellent psychological murder mystery/thriller, go out and buy, Darkness Bound. Read it. This story is bound to lead you from the darkness of bad fiction and into the light of good plot. I look forward to his next book, Pressure Points. Good job Larry. Norm HarrisWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 21, 2001
Darkness Bound, Larry Brooks' first novel, starts off very strong and maintains its strength through the first two-thirds of the book. I'd rate the book '4 stars' up to this point. However, the last third only gets a '2 star' rating, as it didn't sustain my interest and all I wanted to do was finish the book so I could move on to my next one. The basic problem for me is that Brooks introduced so many plot twists -- most of which I was able to anticipate --that the story became too far-fetched and I found myself not caring about any of the characters. As for the book being promoted as an erotic thriller, the erotism is tepid, at best. Overall, Brooks has a writing style that makes Darkness Bound a fast read, and he definitely does have potential. Hopefully, his next book will be stronger on credible character and plot development.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 9, 2001
I picked up the book on recommendation of a friend, climbed into bed, and didn't leave until I had finished. I have lived in Seattle and so it was a delight to revisit to all places Brooks exactingly places his characters. The story is a familiar one but Brooks' spices it with his own special brand of intrigue. I went out and bought my first pair of black spiked heels afterward. I hear from a very good source Brooks' second book is due out soon. I'm sure I won't be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2001
Posted January 9, 2001
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good psychological suspence thriller. It is only inhanced by the dark sexual desires of its characters. I had a hard time putting the book down and didn't want it to end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Although it appeared that the man just died when his heart stopped, Detective Tim Rubin has doubts about the natural cause findings. Perhaps, it is his divorce in which his former wife has that same know-it-all smile as the grieving widow squeezing every drop of juice from a certain part of the male anatomy. Everything about this case reads too perfect, but that is Tim¿s quandary because perfect means no evidence. Still, he vows that one-day, no matter how long it takes, he will insure justice occurs. <P>Four years later, Seattle stockbroker Dillon Masters¿ wife Karen separates from him. Stunned, Dillon accommodates her, but warns her that he could find someone else. She tells him not to cross the line or else. However, Dillon¿s DARKNESS BOUND descent starts when he sees the beautiful dark lady in black leather at Nordstrom. Mentally, he screwed her and made a purchase just to linger longer, staring at her. The mysterious lady haunting his sex dreams calls Dillon, who rapidly is descending rather quickly into a sexual game where the outcome could be anything, including murder, just ask Detective Rubin. <P>DARKNESS BOUND is an exciting thriller in which sex plays a critical role and is not a sensation-gathering by-product. The plot seems so believable and very frightening with the key players in the game raising the ante to extremes that they hope destroys the competition. Although some readers will want to avoid the darkness and profanity that are intricate to the cleverly crafted and exciting tale, most fans of thrillers will enjoy the book and want more novels like this one from debut author Larry Brooks. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2000
Larry Brooks is a new author on the scene, and his debut novel, DARKNESS BOUNDS, is an excellent beginning. The story deals with Dillon Masters, a young stockbroker who has just separated from his lovely wife, Karen. One day, while killing time in an upscale department store, he encounters a breathtaking, leather-clad vixen (or perhaps I should say black widow). This woman is everything Dillon has ever dreamed of in the darkest corners of his mind, and he wants her as he has never wanted another woman. The chance encounter at the department store leads to a game of cat and mouth between the Dark Lady and our stockbroker as she slowly seduces him with her black magic. It isn¿t long before Dillon is completely under her spell and just about willing to do anything in order to have sex with her, but all is not what it seems. The men in the Dark Lady¿s life have the nasty habit of dying, and the emotional and physical price Dillon is willing to pay to be with this woman may be more than he can afford. DARKNESS BOUNDS is sensuous, erotic, and utterly suspenseful with enough psychological twists and turns to surprise even the most jaded reader. If a woman wants to know how to seduce a man, then this is the book to read. As the Dark Lady says, once she knows what buttons to push on a man, she can make him do whatever she desires...that it¿s all a mental game, and a smart woman will win every time. Larry Brooks definitely hits the nail right on the head with the psychology employed by his femme fatale. It certainly enabled me to see more clearly the mind games played on me by women in my past, not to mention the constant interaction flowing between men and women. In fact, I loaned this novel to a female friend of mine at work several days ago. After she finished reading it, I heard her tell her boyfriend over the telephone that she planned on visiting him at the restaurant where he works, and that she¿d be dressed in a black leather trench coat and spiked heels. She started laughing at his reaction, and then winked at me. Needless to say, DARKNESS BOUNDS is as much fun for the female reader, as it is for the male. Buy it now and see what kind of deadly mischief you can get up to.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 27, 2000
This book was an excellent purchase and read. Although it does get a little 'corny' towards the end (thus the reason for a 4-star review as opposed to a 5-star), there are many (unexpected) twists and turns throughout out the novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 7, 2000
I just finished Darkness Bound within the first 24 hours I began it...and all I can say is WOW! If you are a fan of suspense then order this book right now...stop reading this and proceed to checkout. Larry Brooks has succeeded in crafting a story of sheer brilliance. As soon as I thought I knew what turn was coming next in this roller-coaster ride, the tracks would spin off in a new direction and my whole psyche felt the G-forces of a new plot development and twist. I just can't say enough about how much fun this book is. Once the ride starts, you will not want it to end. I agree with one of the other reviewers...I wish Larry had a whole stack of books already written that I could dig into right now!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2000
This page turner sucks you in immediately. Darkness Bound has an intoxicating combination of sex and suspense that will keep you enthralled till the end. There are tons of twists and turns that keep you guessing, right down to the last page. I was totally bummed when I actually finished the book...simply because I wanted more. The other bummer, this is this guys first book...hurry up Larry Brooks and write another.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2000
I was fortunate enough to get my haands on a pre-publication copy of DARKNESS BOUND. This book is a love story with a twist which turns into a psychological thriller. I really enjoyed this book because of it's quick pacing. Just when you think you figured it out, something new is thrown into the plot. Besides being a fun ride, there's a lot to think about here. This book is very appealing to both men and women, but for different reasons. Couples who read this book will have a lot to talk about. This is a fun read and it reminded me of the movies Fatal Atrraction and Basic Instinct. I couldn't put the book down and read it in a 24 hour time period.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 20, 2011
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