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Dylan's Monster (English Edition) di [Faustman, Tom]
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Philadelphia, P.A. 1972. Dylan Frazier has returned from the Vietnam War and finds himself employed in the only unlikely job that will have him—an insurance investigator. His hysterical on-the-job antics are challenged when he pokes around what appears to be a related series of unexplained deaths. With the help of his neighborhood pals that love nothing better than to find new ways to torment each other, Dylan is pulled deeper into the workings of a sinister mind. And the monster is watching.


TOM FAUSTMAN is a retired Senior Vice President from a Fortune 100 company. As a graduate of West Chester University, PA with a degree in English Literature, Tom authors a monthly wine newsletter “WineLore” and pursues his career as a novelist. A Vietnam Veteran, Tom spent his childhood on the courts of Drexill Hill, PA playing basketball. He lives with his wife on a farm and orchard in South Glastonbury, Connecticut, where they are surrounded by their three children and six astounding grandkids.

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  • Editore: Blue Sky Ventures (17 luglio 2013)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00E02257A
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HASH(0x9f661198) su 5 stelle Good plot; good scene descriptions; great interior dialogue; and hilarious Philly banter 30 gennaio 2014
Di jon orourke - Pubblicato su
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What a fun read!! My brother told me about this book and then mailed it last week with the comment ... "a gripping page-turner that you won't be able to put down".

"Dylan's Monster" turned out to be all that and more. I was delighted to find that that many of the novel's characters have a depth not normally associated with crime novels and scene descriptions that evoke the authentic Philadelphia of my youth. In addition, the clever organization of the novel -- each section is headed by a character's name -- propels the narrative and plot forward while allowing digressions to describe some very amusing fraud schemes that Faustman no doubt experienced while working for the insurance industry.

Most striking for me, however, is Faustman's uniquely 'clean & concise' narrative style. The ultra-lean prose seems to have its own strict grammar rules that enable the author to pack lots of substance into each page. Dylan's own clipped interior dialogue sound like (I imagine) real crime investigators think.

I've been told that it often takes many tries before an author finds his own authentic "voice", but I sense Faustman got it right his first time out of the gate. At least I hope it's his first book; I'm looking forward to Dylan's next adventure. Move over D. Hammett and Raymond Chandler!!

Full disclosure: For about 20 years our family lived right next to the Faustman family in Drexel Hill, a western suburb of Philadelphia. I clearly recall watching the younger "Tommy" practice his jump shot for hours after school on our backyard driveway basketball court. I also grew up with many of the people upon which the novel's characters are based. But I haven't seen or spoken to Tom Faustman or many of those characters in nearly half a century because I went off to the Peace Corps (Africa) and then to Vietnam, and never really returned to the Philadelphia area. Until I read his book I didn't even know that Tom Faustman was an MP in Vietnam; for all I know we served there at the same time [I was in the Mekong Delta working for the US Consulate]. So it was a delight to read his novel and become re-acquainted with the Tom Faustman/Dylan character and some of the other familiar characters in the story -- "The Jimmer", "Gator", "Tony Sol" and many others from the old neighborhood.

Some say that if the plot is good enough it will make for good scenes and for good dialogue. Dylan's Monster has a good plot, good scene descriptions, and great, fully-drawn characters. Oh yeh, and there's that authentic, hard-boiled, Philly repartee that many reviewers, including me, found very amusing. That type of tough-love, New Jersey Soprano's, 'bustin' balls' banter must be hardwired into my genes because it all seemed very familiar and natural to me.
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HASH(0x9fa83b78) su 5 stelle Great story...couldn't put it down! 27 agosto 2013
Di John Hartnett - Pubblicato su
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I admit to having a penchant for reading about serial killers. I find them fascinating from a psychological standpoint. However, I rarely read a book with this topic that had me laughing out loud and so absorbed with the other characters!

Faustman's writing is similar to James Patterson's from the suspense angle, but much more humorous with its fleshing out of the various characters. His irreverence is refreshing and totally realistic. I only hope he writes more books. "Dylan's Monster" is a true joy to recommend to anyone...get this book!

John Hartnett (Arizona)
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HASH(0x9fd17ed0) su 5 stelle A Real Page Turner 13 settembre 2013
Di frances hopson - Pubblicato su
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Dylan's Monster is a masterful mix of suspense and humor. Dylan returns from Viet Nam and secures a job as a claim investigator and that is where the fun and terror begin. From the psychopathic shopkeeper to the entertaining neighborhood characters, Dylan's Monster will keep you spellbound. This is one of those books that you don't want to put down, you can't wait to turn the page and you never want to end.
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HASH(0x9f5d86c0) su 5 stelle An excellent thriller 22 agosto 2013
Di Donald Breeden - Pubblicato su
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Toms' second book is an excellent thriller involving a monster serial killer who preys on elderly women. The title character
is the Monster. Its fast moving with lots of action and suspense. For me, even better are the characters we find along the .
way. I've read four or five other mystery novels this year, all best sellers and aside from the lead investigator, they all have a female law officer who is part Eva Mendez, part navy seal ,and part Wonder Woman. There are many female characters in
this book many attractive young ladies, but his best character are the elderly as Dylan , an insurance investigator , checks out
claims by the elderly for increased benefits and finds many are now dead none of natural cuases. Our serial killer has murdered them and then filled insurance claims for medical benefits in their name,but what charachters they are, the Cat lady and Crina Barbu
and Bsata Wozniak- (who could have thought of thoses names). Many other great character , old Vietnam buddies, college froends
co-workers on and on ,even some attractive young chicks just to show Dylans not only in the oldies-but goodies. These character are not only fasinating but realiistic. Great stuff. The story takes place in Philadelphia and there is lots of color and charm of the city of brotherly Do you know what Philly used the heavest bat ?, Who was the Owl with no vowel ? The significants of Overbrooke high school in Phila. sports lure ? But there is so much more, the character are rich, the story fasinating and allways enjoyable

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HASH(0x9fa83cd4) su 5 stelle Great Read 20 agosto 2013
Di Dan Mac - Pubblicato su
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This book has it all... a great read. I was most surprised by how many times I laughed out loud given the subject matter. I guess that's what good authors do. Dylan's Monster gets my highest recommendation!!!
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