The Man from Primrose Lane
A mind-bending, genre-twisting debut novelIn 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.... show more
A mind-bending, genre-twisting debut novelIn 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.
Publish date: February 28th 2012
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Widowed writer David Neff is at rock bottom when his agent drops the tale of The Man From Primrose Lane into his lap. Will a new book to work on bring him out of the funk he's been in since his wife's death or will his obsession kill him?Before I get down to business, let's all be honest with one a...
Genres are good. They narrow down the field and help us find the things we love. I support genres as an aid, not as a rule: it's good to not grow stagnant, become so enveloped in one area that we ignore the rest. But genres can be limiting. How do you classify some works which cross genres? And what...
Ok, but allows itself to get too complicated. My full review: http://mwgerard.com/review-the-man-from-primrose-lane-by-james-renner/
I've puzzled over a review, not wanting to unwittingly cue or clue potential readers about the tricks up Renner's sleeves. Of course, maybe I shouldn't fret about the way a space alien is revealed to be more fecal than froggy. Because there's much more than sleight of hand going on here. It's alw...
This book started off so strong and then the author took it in a way that I couldn't figure out the purpose for doing it. The original premise of the book, finding out who a mysterious man was would have been an excellent storyline. Then the author took the storyline into some really goofy areas. I ...