Spencerville

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The cold war is over, and Keith Landry, one of the nation's top intelligence officers, is forced into early and unwanted retirement. Restless, Landry returns to Spencerville, the small Midwestern town where he grew up. The place has changed in the quarter century since Landry stepped off his front porch into the world, but two important people from his past are still there: Annie Prentis, his first love, and Cliff Baxter, the high school bully who became the police chief of Spencerville and Annie's possessive ...

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Overview

The cold war is over, and Keith Landry, one of the nation's top intelligence officers, is forced into early and unwanted retirement. Restless, Landry returns to Spencerville, the small Midwestern town where he grew up. The place has changed in the quarter century since Landry stepped off his front porch into the world, but two important people from his past are still there: Annie Prentis, his first love, and Cliff Baxter, the high school bully who became the police chief of Spencerville and Annie's possessive husband. They're all about to come together again-and rip Spencerville apart with violence, vengeance, and renewed passion.

Back from the Cold War, intelligence officer Keith Landry returns to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio. Twenty-five years after their last encounter, Keith runs into his first love, Annie, now unhappily married to the town's chief of police--an abusive alcoholic. In his efforts to reclaim Annie, Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446602457
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 227,073
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nelson DeMille is the author of fifteen acclaimed novels, including the #1New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, and The Gate Houseand New York Times betsellers Wild Fire, The Gold Coast, and The General's Daughter. For more information on the author, you can go towww.NelsonDeMille.net.

Biography

Nelson DeMille has a dozen bestselling novels to his name and over 30 million books in print worldwide, but his beginnings were not so illustrious. Writing police detective novels in the mid-1970s, DeMille created the pseudonym Jack Cannon: "I used the pen name because I knew I wanted to write better novels under my own name someday," DeMille told fans in a 2000 chat.

Between 1966 and 1969, Nelson DeMille served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. When he came home, he finished his undergraduate studies (in history and political science), then set out to become a novelist. "I wanted to write the great American war novel at the time," DeMille said in an interview with January magazine. "I never really wrote the book, but it got me into the writing process." A friend in the publishing industry suggested he write a series of police detective novels, which he did under a pen name for several years.

Finally DeMille decided to give up his day job as an insurance fraud investigator and commit himself to writing full time -- and under his own name. The result was By the Rivers of Babylon (1978), a thriller about terrorism in the Middle East. It was chosen as a Book of the Month Club main selection and helped launch his career. "It was like being knighted," said DeMille, who now serves as a Book of the Month Club judge. "It was a huge break."

DeMille followed it with a stream of bestsellers, including the post-Vietnam courtroom drama Word of Honor (1985) and the Cold War spy-thriller The Charm School (1988) Critics praised DeMille for his sophisticated plotting, meticulous research and compulsively readable style. For many readers, what made DeMille stand out was his sardonic sense of humor, which would eventually produce the wisecracking ex-NYPD officer John Corey, hero of Plum Island (1997) and The Lion's Game (2000).

In 1990 DeMille published The Gold Coast, a Tom Wolfe-style comic satire that was his attempt to write "a book that would be taken seriously." The attempt succeeded, in terms of the critics' response: "In his way, Mr. DeMille is as keen a social satirist as Edith Wharton," wrote The New York Times book reviewer. But he returned to more familiar thrills-and-chills territory in The General's Daughter, which hit no. 1 on The New York Times' Bestseller list and was made into a movie starring John Travolta. Its hero, army investigator Paul Brenner, returned in Up Country (2002), a book inspired in part by DeMille's journey to his old battlegrounds in Vietnam.

DeMille's position in the literary hierarchy may be ambiguous, but his talent is first-rate; there's no questioning his mastery of his chosen form. As a reviewer for the Denver Post put it, "In the rarefied world of the intelligent thriller, authors just don't get any better than Nelson DeMille."

Good To Know

DeMille composes his books in longhand, using soft-lead pencils on legal pads. He says he does this because he can't type, but adds, "I like the process of pencil and paper as opposed to a machine. I think the writing is better when it's done in handwriting."

In addition to his novels, DeMille has written a play for children based on the classic fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin."

DeMille says on his web site that he reads mostly dead authors -- "so if I like their books, I don't feel tempted or obligated to write to them." He mentions writing to a living author, Tom Wolfe, when The Bonfire of the Vanities came out; but Wolfe never responded. "I wouldn't expect Hemingway or Steinbeck to write back -- they're dead. But Tom Wolfe owes me a letter," DeMille writes.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jack Cannon; Kurt Ladner; Brad Matthews; Michael Weaver; Ellen Kay
    2. Hometown:
      Long Island, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974
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  • Posted March 8, 2010

    Something funny here!!!

    I have read most of Nelson DeMille's books, and I am not convinced that he wrote this book. The language is different. The punctuation is different and has uncharacteristic mistakes. The character development is different, the humor is missing, etc., etc.

    DeMille is a proud author, and it is inconceivable that he would accept a ghost-written novel.

    Puzzling, puzzling, puzzling.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    Not as good as DeMille's other books

    This book was definitely not as thrilling or suspenseful as the other books I've read by DeMille. I thought the characters were predictable as well as the ending. I could anticipate exactly how it would play out, I just kept reading to see if my guess was correct. There were a lot of scenes within the story that were completely irrelevant and instead of being diversions for the real outcome, they were merely page fillers. I was disappointed, but will continue to read DeMille's books based on the majority that were terrific!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    Loved it!

    I've always liked stories where high school sweethearts come back together years later. That's what happens in this story and, of course, she is now married to the town sheriff who is still a mean bully, just like he was in high school. Will they get back together? How? What's the husband going to do? It's obvious he will not willingly let her go. As I got closer to the end, I really found myself on the edge of my seat.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2009

    Very Enjoyable

    Though I wouldn't call this his best book, I enjoyed it. I agree with one reviewer that at times the you wanted the story to get moving - but after reading a while I think this was by design because as you got more into the book you wanted the pace to increase but the pace made the suspense build. Nelson Demille writes high quality stuff and this is no exception.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    The writing was very competent, the characterisation was excellent, but the story was lacking and so predictable. This was neither a romance, nor a thriller, nor an intrigue- it was just plain dull. The reader always knows what's going to happen there are no surprises and for over 400 pages it goes on way toooooooo long. Skip this one. There are plenty of other great reads out there.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2005

    Not His Best Work

    A true DeMille fan, I thought this was not his best work. Very predictable and sometimes got bogged down. Overall a good read, but not up to DeMille standards. Perhaps more enjoyable to someone reading their first DeMille book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    Makes you want to run away with someone

    This is the 3rd DeMille novel I've read and also the one I liked least (<i>LOVED</i> Lion's Game and really liked Plum Island). However, I did find it hard to put down and finished it within two days. Keith Landry's 'say-it-like-it-is' attitude made me laugh out loud more than once, while Cliff Baxter's brutal character made me want to take the next train to Spencerville and punch his lights out. I found myself almost cheering for Annie and Keith, hoping they'd just get in the car and <i>GO</i>! <p>This book does have some disturbing violence against women (and poor puppy dogs!) so if you're sensitive to those areas, beware! Overall, a good book...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2000

    This book was a complete distraction from my life

    My first Nelson Demille novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was totally engrossed while reading it, and couldn't get it out of my mind when I wasn't reading it. One night I brought the book to bed with me and the next thing I knew the alarm clock was sounding the next morning. I am now trying to decide which Nelson Demille novel to read next. I found the writing style to be direct and to the point written in everyday language. The setting and characters were very visual; like watching a movie with subtitles, instead of reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Love it!

    Great story!

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  • Posted August 22, 2010

    there's no joy in spencerville--it strikes out

    I've enjoyed DeMille's other novels very much, but Spencerville was a dog in every way. He's definitely not one for love stories. This was rife with bad writing, the same repetitive scenes and dialogue, high school thoughts and verbalizations coming from alleged adults. The main character was flat and both he and his love interest seemed trapped in high school, the villain was a one-dimensional caricature, and I found myself not caring whether the two ever reunited. The events at the end were gratutitous and predictable. The book, which shouldn't have been published, was 300-400 pages too long. I've never read a book with so many scenes that did not advance the plot or pace of a story. I'm sorry to be so negative, but after enjoying Night Fall, Wildfire, Up Country, and The General's Daughter so much, this was a dud of epic proportions. Mr. DeMille should stick with a smartass and verbal hero, as the strong and silent type who's void of emotion doesn't play well in a novel. I only finished the book out of repsect for the author but wished I hadn't for that's time in my life I'll never get back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2004

    Good Reading

    I enjoyed this book greatly. It kept my attention from page #1, unlike some books that take several chapters to peek one's interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2003

    Suspenseful

    The General's Daughter by Nelson DeMille is definitely one of my favorite books and I found Spencerville to be enjoyable. There was a beautiful love story as well as suspense. Looking forward to reading another work by this author to compare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2003

    'Suspense'erville!!

    This book was amazing. I was absoultely captivated by the characters Keith Landry and Annie Baxter and their beautiful love story. The psycho husband is wonderful to hate. The only problem was that I could not put the book down! If it's been awhile since a book took you anywhere, this is the one to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2002

    very good read

    An excellent read. A real page turner that keeps you wondering what will happen next. Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2001

    A modern day version of 'The Great Gatsby'

    A couple seperated by circumstance is reunited after 25 years and has to take a chance on whether they are really meant to be or just in love with the memory of someone they once knew. Insert a jealous husband in a small town and we have the setting for another DeMille classic. This book will appeal to the romantic, the dreamer and the believer in you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2000

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Realize going in that this is not the usual DeMille novel. It is actually a pretty good story and the fact that I even finished it is a tribute to his writing ability. In hindsight though I would have read another of his previous novels over again and avoided this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2000

    I tell all my friends about this book

    I don't read much fiction but I really enjoyed this book. I read the paper back several years ago and have loaned it to 3-4 friends and they all enjoyed it also. In my opinion you can't go wrong with this book.

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