Act of Darkness

Act of Darkness Stephen Fox may be a moron but he may also be America s next president The dimwitted legislator is just smart enough to know when to smile for the camera But two women stand in the way of his campaig

  • Title: Act of Darkness
  • Author: Jane Haddam
  • ISBN: 9780553290868
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • Stephen Fox may be a moron, but he may also be America s next president The dimwitted legislator is just smart enough to know when to smile for the camera But two women stand in the way of his campaign his mistress and his wife, who has never recovered from the death of their daughter, a pain she manages by devoting herself to fundraising for children with Down syndromeStephen Fox may be a moron, but he may also be America s next president The dimwitted legislator is just smart enough to know when to smile for the camera But two women stand in the way of his campaign his mistress and his wife, who has never recovered from the death of their daughter, a pain she manages by devoting herself to fundraising for children with Down syndrome During a weekend long charity extravaganza on Long Island Sound, Fox s candidacy goes off the rails in a spectacularly bloody fashion Ex FBI investigator Gregor Demarkian is the first on the scene Fox s entourage of political handlers may lie for a living, but Demarkian has a way of ferreting out the truth, and he will nab the killer before the last firework sounds.

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    1. Act of Darkness by Jane Haddam. This book has been sitting in my real, physical To Be Read pile. There is a virtual pile in my head that doesn't bear thinking about, but the physical pile is, if not exactly manageable, at least not mind-boggling. But I've been putting off reading it because I do love the Gregor Demarkian mysteries and I know they grow deeper and more thoughtful as time goes along so I have a great deal of good reading ahead of me, but not enough. Jane Haddam, whose real name is [...]

    2. The third in the Gregor Demarkian series. Out of Philadelphia once more and in Oyster Bay, NY, Demarkian is asked to investigate why potential Presidential candidate Senator Stephen Fox is suddenly experiencing paralytic episodes; both his political manager and Fox himself are concerned about dirty tricks from the opposition. Demarkian starts his investigation at a political seminar held during the long 4th of July weekend at the bizarre, ostentatious home of a former actress, Victoria Harte, mo [...]

    3. Revisiting and catching up with an author I enjoyed many years ago. Recently read one of her newer books, enjoyed it, and wondered why I didn't continue following her books. Guess I got distracted by the many other authors and mysteries out there. Haddam's books are very thoughtful, very intricate and at times hard to follow. This is a very welcome difference from many cozy mysteries; where you can usually predict what will happen next. I had no clue who the murderer was (though I'm not good at [...]

    4. For years, I had a heck of a time finding a copy of this book, and it wasn't until Team Otto released it in ebook form that I was able to get my grubby paws on it and read it. And like the books before it in the series and the ones after it (that I have read so far), this one was solid. A good mystery, some interesting (if not particularly likable) suspects, and, of course, Gregor. And Bennis. As in her other books in the series, Jane does a good job of mixing in some topical/social commentary a [...]

    5. I chose this book to read because I was intrigued by the detective, Gregor Demarkian, being Armenian. Apart from the Armenian names and the sense of a closely connected Armenian community involved only peripherally, he actually reminded me more of Agatha Christie's Poirot and this perhaps spoiled my enjoyment of the story somewhat. I would echo another review of this book here, which comments that it was hard to connect or sympathise with or care about any of the murder victims and suspects as t [...]

    6. 3.5 STARS | The very literate Gregor Demarkian mysteries continue to intrigue me. I love how Haddam introduces her suspects in vignettes at the beginning of each novel so we have a good, if incomplete, picture of them as the action begins. I found this one a little slow on the uptake though with some of the humor missing. Perhaps it was the political topic of which I'm weary, though this was written long before today's political climate. Because of the quality of the writing, these are not novel [...]

    7. I am just a sucker for these--couldn't put it down.This time we learn a bit about politics and lobbying. Again, we have the quirky characters, and dwindling list of suspects. What is causing the politician to seize up at functions? Is it a breakdown, or is it drugs? If it is some sort of sabotage, how and why?Bennis is along on this one, and the Cavanaugh Street residents also get a little bit of play.

    8. Another enjoyable read featuring the former FBI agent, Gregor Demarkian. Bennis Hannaford also appears in this one. The two of them make an interesting team. I like the lead character a lot. I did not guess the ending either. This author writes well and holds my attention. I will read more in this series. All the characters in this Armenian-American community are people you want to know more about.

    9. Not my favorite Demarkian tale. I just didn't care who murdered who or why. I didn't feel like I had any insights into Gregor or Bennis, either. Since it takes place away from Cavanugh Street, there's little of that quirkiness either.

    10. A rather depressing read for the political season. Haddam has a cast of suspects and victims that one loves to hate.

    11. This is the 3rd book in a series. Maybe I should have read the other 2 books first, because I just could not get interested in the story or the characters.

    12. This is one of Jane Haddam's early Demarkian mysteries that I had not read until now. I have never found one I did not like. I will be looking for more I missed.

    13. Spot on! As always, Ms Haddam pens a fast moving. intelligent story with really interesting (and sometimes bizarre characters). I always enjoy the ride.

    14. Well doneIt's always refreshing to r read a story set in a time before the ubiquitous cell phone, where people used their minds and applied logic to the facts.

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