by David Carnoy
on Tour February 1-28, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Published by: Overlook Press
Publication Date: February 7th 2017
Number of Pages: 288
ISBN: 1468310879 (ISBN13: 9781468310870)
Series: Detective Hank Madden (Each is a Stand Alone Mystery)
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Dreams and deception collide in David Carnoy's page-turning tale of murder, manipulation, and mistaken identity.
After his “gripping thriller debut” (Kirkus) Knife Music and sophomore “page turner” (Examiner.com) The Big Exit, David Carnoy’s Detective Hank Madden returns in this bicoastal caper that pits dreams against reality, where nothing can be taken at face value.
Twenty years after the unsolved case of Stacey Walker’s disappearance went cold, a Silicone Valley executive hires the retired Menlo Park Police Detective Hank Madden to find her body and track down her missing husband, the prime suspect in her unsolved murder. Four months later, author Candace Epstein is pushed in front of a car near Central Park. Her editor Max Fremmer becomes entangled into the investigation of her attempted murder, though he is adamant that he is uninvolved. As he digs into Candace’s background to clear his own name, Fremmer grows suspicious of his client’s connection to a nefarious institute for lucid dreaming on the Upper East Side and its staff whose stories never seem to add up―all while an unexpected link emerges to Detective Madden’s investigation in California.
As similarities arise between the cases on each coast, Detective Madden and Fremmer forge an unlikely partnership to expose what misconduct lurks beneath the façade of the Lucidity Center―but can they unravel the secret that links their investigations together in time, or are they only dreaming? Carnoy’s Lucidity stuns with complex detail that will keep readers guessing until the final, satisfying jolt.
This is my first time to read a David Carnoy.
I think the story started slowly. Then, it picked up speed on the 2/3rd part of the story. The action and events became fast-paced as it neared its conclusion. Until the very last part of the story, it wasn't very clear if all the assumptions and theories of both Madden and Fremmer, were any closer to the truth. Not until a confession came to light. It was so unexpected that I did not see it coming. Not in any way. There were no hints or anything that might have led me to believe or theorize. It was so unforeseen. Also, all my theories and conjectures as to the individuals, the case and all the other characters involved in this finely-entangled plot were all wrong. Not even close.
I am a big mystery and suspense fan. Especially, crime thrillers and mysteries and I would like to believe that I am quite an avid reader who read between the lines and can spot nuances and unsuspecting characters that are going to be essential to the whole story but for this book, I was put to shame. My years of reading thrillers have not been good enough for this book. I was like a blind bat. I did not see how the story would end or who really committed the crime. Wow! I was so flummoxed which means that the writer really did a great job of making sure that I am in for the surprise of my life.
My only observation was how the start of the story was paced. I think it was slow for a book of this caliber. I wished it was faster. I think the most interesting parts of the story started right in the middle. If the start were as engrossing as the rest, then we won't have to talk about anything here but how I was rendered an amateur in the whole crime and thriller reading.
I have two questions that were not answered in this story. First, is what happened to the teenage daughter of Candace Epstein. It was never mentioned in the book what happened to her after her mother died. Fremmer was concerned about the child's future and since everything turned out better for everyone, I guess it was just fair that the future of the child was guaranteed also. Second, is who was Shelby? What was really his interest in the whole affair? Why would he spend millions if he wasn't emotionally or for whatever reason he was into the whole thing? Was he related to the victim? What were really his motives? I think there was more to it than just being so disturbed by the death that he lost sleep. It was never clear what Shelby was or who was he in relation to the crime, the victims and the dead. I think there was more to Shelby than just a rich man wanting for a cold case to be solved and have nothing else to do with his money.
One more thing, I agree with Fremmer, that an "iPhone or an Android for Guns" would make a good program for keeping guns off the streets of New York or for any city. Yes, our police chief, commissioner, or the mayor should get creative.
I give the book 4/5 shovels. This book was finely-crafted and way out of my league. I never figured out any of the things that happened here. All my theories, for the life of me, were wrong. I loved that this book had shoved me to a corner where I am at a lost as to who killed who. I am amazed to be confused this way. The writer is truthfully a master of this game and I am but a novice claiming to be proficient in it. Congratulations David Carnoy. You've fooled me and I was happy for it. This has been an experience.
When you got no favorites, you bet the long shot.
- David Carnoy, Lucidity -
While David Carnoy lives in New York City with his wife and children, his novels take place in Silicon Valley, where he grew up and went to high school (Palo Alto). His debut novel, Knife Music (2010), was a Top-10 bestseller on the Kindle and also a bestseller on the Nook. More medical thriller than high-tech thriller, to research the novel Carnoy spent a lot of time talking with doctors, visiting trauma centers, and trailed a surgeon at a hospital in Northern California to help create the book's protagonist, Dr. Ted Cogan.
The Big Exit (2012) isn't a sequel to Knife Music per se. However, a few of the characters from Knife Music figure prominently in the story. His second novel has more of a high-tech slant and reflects Carnoy's experiences as an executive editor at CNET.com, where he currently works and is trying resolve his obsession with consumer electronics products. He went to college at Wesleyan University and has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.
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