Said the Spider

Said the Spider

by Earle E. Van Gilder


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Sophisticated crime syndicate parasites invade the normally solid foundation of Midwestern banking and generations of established manufacturing. Executives and management usually in control suddenly find they are masterfully manipulated into a web of irreconcilable personal and financial seduction.

From the traumatic discovery at the river's edge to the eventual confrontational conclusion Said The Spider seduces greedy, gullible and unsuspecting prey into a deadly and graphic whirlwind of corporate disaster leading to murder, suicide and revenge.

The early exploits of the juvenile crime spree by a youthful mastermind who cleverly manipulates his prey leads the reader to the ruthless genius manipulating the city. This drama of cause and effect with no escape from the temptations of lust, greed, and ignorance has been cleverly baited.

The corporate investigative agency and police sources enter almost too late to stop this whirlpool of turbulence as the bank Vice President's realize their own failure and the investors and corporation officers panic and retreat from the coming Armageddon.

As murder, suicide and monumental financial losses are exposed, the crime syndicate learns of an investigation which might interrupt their lucrative operation. Crime bosses will stop at nothing to successfully complete their artistic looting of a major bank and manufacturing complex.

Time is running out. Investigators are pulling pieces of the puzzle together. Corrupt and greedy bank executives are running for their lives. The syndicate is charging ahead in their goal of complete domination and eventual departure culminating in a surprise and conclusive end to fraud and murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432754334
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 06/21/2010
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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Said the Spider 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
roses7184 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I found Said the Spider a little difficult to get into at first. It jumps around from past events to present day quite often and I was rather confused in the beginning. However I soon realized that it was being used as a way to introduce all the key players in the mystery. Once I figured that out, it was easier for me to go with the flow and appreciate the different points of view that appeared in each chapter. As mystery/suspense books go, this story definitely has a great pace to it. The author continuously reveals just enough information to keep you intrigued, and then leads you on to the next big event. I'd liken it to being lead along on a string. Each new piece of information keeps you moving in a straight line to the inevitable uncovering of what is amiss. Still I was a little disappointed about half way through because I figured out what was going on early on. The rest of the story just wasn't as interesting once I discovered the vile plot and realized who would ultimately be taken in. What definitely saved this book in my eyes in its main character, Dan Jamieson. He is a family man who has fallen so deeply into this work as a private detective that it all but consumes him. A fabulous PI, Dan takes his work very seriously and always works hard to get his man. Rising above the greed and temptation that the people he hunts down, Dan shows us how strong a person he can be. Add in the witty banter between him and his partner, and you have my attention. Those two characters were definitely my favorite part of the book! Overall I'd say that Said the Spider was a good mystery/suspense read. For those of you out there who choose this genre as your main one, I'm sure you'll find a lot to love. I think that because this isn't my usual genre I wasn't as invested as I would be normally. I did enjoy the story though, and I definitely recommend you give it a read!
reading_crystal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At first I found it a little hard to get into, Said the Spider jumps around a bit in the beginning introducing the various players in the book. However as I continued reading I found the jumping around to be much more interesting. It would go from present day to back in the past a little to show motivation or background behind why certain decisions were made. By one-quarter of the way through the book, I was thoroughly into how the book was written.The plot moves at an interesting pace. I found myself sucked into the book and not realizing over an hour had past and I had not moved. At times the language is a little stilted and sometimes there are a few too many exclamation marks, but the story shows through these minor mistakes. One of my favorite things about the book is the fact that one character shines through above all the rest, he's not perfect but Dan Jamieson, the private detective has a much more spotless character than most of the rest of the characters. Setting him against greedy bankers, shifty businessmen and a con-man above all con-men makes this book very interesting.Said the Spider is a truly enjoyable book, I' m not sure the ending makes complete sense to me, but it made enough sense that I felt the story was tied up. It is full of creepy twists and turns and characters who are everyday people, but because of their greed they get sucked into things they never should have been a part of. Mr. Van Gilder seems to have a very good understanding of this world and really brings it alive. The setting was new to me as well. I don't think I have read too many books that take place in Milwaukee so that made it different to me as well.If you enjoy suspense/mystery books that uses the everyday man involved in crime that is way over his head then this is a book for you. It is hard to put down and enjoyable. Frightening in ways as well. But overall an enjoyable book with just a few minor editing type problems to marr it. But the execution of the story is well-done in a different way from most books, almost circular in fashion, but not confusing or overwhelming.
DocLdy More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed me right away and I could not put it down. Van Gilder really knows how to drag the reader into the book. He does an excellent job of making sure the reader knows the characters and his attention to detail is unique. I understand Van Gilder is also an artist and it shows in his book. He is able to "paint" each scene in his book so the reader can easily picture the action and environment around the characters. His vast experience and knowledge of crime and investigation is obvious. Before I had even finished reading this book, I was convinced it would make a very successful movie. I can not wait for his next book which will be coming out soon!!
tweezle More than 1 year ago
"Said the Spider" is a brilliantly written thriller that should make your "must read" list for this year!! I found myself captivated from the beginning and devoured the book within a matter of hours. I couldn't put it down because I HAD to know what happened next. Then ending is memorable (I LOVED IT!!) and the characters and storyline a very realistic. I'm very excited that Mr. Van Gilder is making this a series. He has completed two more books in the series that I MUST get my hands on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading two great, similar books: "Said the Spider" and "True Grit". Both books are simply told crime stories. "Said the Spider" set in present day, "True Grit" set a century ago. Things haven't changed much. Most criminals, current and former, are still not the sharpest tools in the shed! Though completely different stories. . .white collar crime vs. cowboy crime, both readings were uncomplicated, nicely paced, the right number of interesting characters. I was compelled to continue reading both novels to find out how they ended. I understand "Spider" author Earle Van Gilder, has written two more novels, continuing his private-eye story line, ready to be published. Can't wait to continue reading Mr. Van Gilder's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Van Gilder made the characters real. Even the "bad guys" were very interesting. The settings were detailed and very clear. I want to read more about the characters and I hope Van Gilder brings them back in his next book. Never thought I would like a mystery novel so much.
JenSmith More than 1 year ago
I think a book is good when I feel like I am in the story and know the characters. This is that book. The building of the characters was fantastic. This was an easy read and I couldn't stop! Each page gripped me more than the one before. Wonderful, wonderful book. I can't wait for the next one to hit the shelves!
MrsRowdy More than 1 year ago
Said the Spider reaches out and captivates its audience from the very opening sentences! It's the kind of book you can't put down because you are dying to find out what happens next. VanGilder does a superb job of building believable characters and weaves a tangled web of tales that will keep readers guessing all the way through. Said the Spider makes an excellent book club choice, as it will foster deep and lively discussion! The book is not the genre I usually read, but I was thoroughly engaged and thrilled by its fully developed characters and action! It is a must read! I can't wait to read VanGilder's next book, Gumshoe Diary! Mrs. Rowdy