The Man from Primrose Lane

The Man from Primrose Lane

by James Renner
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The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner

A mind-bending, genre-twisting debut novel

In West Akron, Ohio, there lived a reclusive elderly man who always wore mittens, even in July. He had no friends and no family; all over town, he was known as the Man from Primrose Lane. And on a summer day, someone murdered him.

Fast-forward four years. David Neff, the bestselling author of a true-crime book about an Ohio serial killer, is a broken man after his wife's inexplicable suicide. When an unexpected visit from an old friend introduces him to the strange mystery of "the man with a thousand mittens," David decides to investigate. What he finds draws him back into a world he thought he had left behind forever. And the closer David gets to uncovering the true identity of the Man from Primrose Lane, the more he begins to understand the dangerous power of his own obsessions and how they may be connected to the deaths of both the old hermit and his beloved wife.

Deviously plotted and full of dark wit, James Renner's The Man from Primrose Lane is an audacious debut that boasts as many twists as a roller coaster. But beneath its turns, it's a spellbinding story about our obsessions: the dangerous sway they have over us and the fates of those we love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374200954
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.24(d)

About the Author

James Renner is the author of two books of nonfiction that detail his adventures in investigative journalism: Amy: My Search for Her Killer and The Serial Killer's Apprentice. His work has been featured in Best American Crime Reporting and Best Creative Nonfiction. He lives in Ohio.

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The Man from Primrose Lane: A Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
The Man From Primrose Lane by James Renner starts off with the gruesome murder of a recluse that had the odd habit of always wearing mittens. For years after the murder, David Neff, author of a best selling true-crime book, is asked to look into the man from Primrose Lane's mysterious death. Neff agrees and then the mystery begins to unfold. Neff is aghast to find that his deceased wife is somehow mixed up in the murder. Furthermore the clues are leading back to the horrific case he thought was closed years ago. Neff is driven by obsession, determination and compulsion to put all the pieces together before it's too late. The Man From Primrose Lane is a hauntingly good read. The story consists of a few disturbing details, such as the crimes of pedophiles and murderers, that are at times hard to read but it also makes the story line more dramatic. Renner doesn't go into too much detail concerning these crimes but enough to make your skin crawl. The story is told through flashbacks and real time. This method adds to building suspense in the novel. This is definitely one of the more interesting books I've read in some time. The ending wasn't at all as I expected. It has a twist that will leave your mind whirling. Renner will leave you speculating and gauging not only how the book would end but also as to who the real criminal in this book is. The Man From Primrose Lane is more for older audiences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very hard to put down. Loved the intertwining stories.
PeteAS More than 1 year ago
A solitary individual inhabits a house at the end of Primrose Lane. The author takes the reader on an intriguing pathway to identify this individual using the main character to lead the reader in his attempts to determine the factors about his wife's traumatic death.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is a book that will be hard for you to sit down. The author really has a way with keeping you on the edge of your seat. It is a book that I will read again for sure.
kochc09 More than 1 year ago
This is by far the most bizarre book I have ever read. And I mean that in the best way possible! The Man From Primrose Lane is written in a very unique way that keeps you on your toes. Each chapter skips around in time and between people (and worlds!), yet as a reader you are still able to keep up and stay engaged in the story with minimum confusion. For the longest time there are portions of the story that leave you absolutely baffled as to how they will all somehow connect in the end. But they do! And it is so worth the read to find out how. When you finally realize the true premise of the story it almost seems unreal. This is definitely one of my favorite books of all time. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started as one of the most engrossing stories I had read in some time. Then the plot got implausible and then really came off the rails. Feels like author painted himself into a corner so to speak. Then came the deus ex machina moment and the book lost all interest. I did finish it because I had to see how the train wreck would end. Honestly, its ending is basically no ending given the devolution of the plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. Entertaining murder mystery with a twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent loved the plot and the storyline
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read about 200 pages and thought it was pretty good but then it went to scientific unrealistic zone and I did not know what was going on...could not finish.
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Am not going to finish it. Are these alternate universes or what? Doesnt matter. I am done with it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This apparently adds sci fi fantasy to confusion of ending dangling endings are not mystery stories which should follow the convebtion of start middle end the present style of overwriting confuses
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if you are looking for something different, then give this a try
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I liked the beginning and then it gets weird. I finished it because i had to know"who done it." I skipped to the end and was disappointed. It was more science fiction than mystery. I don't like science fiction and if you don't either, don't waste your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Start with a writer's quest to solve a crime that another man was executed for and the writer feels he can prove his innocence and show that the crimes were committed by someone els. So many other details emerge in his obsession with a series of crimes that I became completely absorbed in the story until part three started. I felt that I was transported into a Stephen King novel and the author did not have a good ending for the first part. I just could not wait to finish it at this point and it completed lost my interest. I just did not think it was appealing. I wouldn't be anxious to read anything else by this author and will not recommend this to my book club members.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow is all I can say, waiting for more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started off so good, really drawing me in. Then the author started taking it off into directions that made it more of a science fiction read which honestly is not my thing. This could have maintained a great story line without having to go that direction. The only reason I finished the book was to see who "did it" - unfortunately, I'm still not sure.