A Beautiful Madness

A Beautiful Madness A Texas Senator and his wife go missing On the same day their son is slaughtered by an enigmatic killer on the lawn of ex Governor Edward Wood s residence Sammy Wood s drug dealing son suspects his

  • Title: A Beautiful Madness
  • Author: LeeThompson
  • ISBN: 9781940544298
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A Texas Senator and his wife go missing On the same day, their son is slaughtered by an enigmatic killer on the lawn of ex Governor Edward Wood s residence Sammy, Wood s drug dealing son, suspects his father of the crime After all, his old man snapped once before and crippled his wife with a lead pipe But there s something to these events something deeper and fesA Texas Senator and his wife go missing On the same day, their son is slaughtered by an enigmatic killer on the lawn of ex Governor Edward Wood s residence Sammy, Wood s drug dealing son, suspects his father of the crime After all, his old man snapped once before and crippled his wife with a lead pipe But there s something to these events something deeper and festering just beneath the surface In direct opposition to Homicide Detective Jim Thompson, Sammy begins an investigation of his own, searching for the truth in a labyrinth of lies, deception, depravity and violence that drags him deeper into darkness and mayhem with each step And in doing so, brings them all into the sights of an elusive and horrifying killer who may not be what he seems.A brutal killer on a rampage of carnage a hardened detective on the brink an antihero from the shadows a terrifying mystery that could destroy them all A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS, the harrowing new novel of dark crime and suspense from Lee Thompson.

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    1. When a mystery man dumps a mutilated and near-dead senator's son on the lawn of a former governor, the former governor's life, and that of his children, spins out of control. Who is the mystery man and why did he leave the dying man on the governor's lawn? And is it connected to the governor's sons? That's what detective Jim Thompson means to find outI got this from DarkFuse via Netgalley.When I saw the detective's name was Jim Thompson, my first thought was "Yeah, they're all fucked."A Beautifu [...]

    2. The story starts out with a senator's son collapsing on a former governor's lawn. The killer looks on as the man takes his dying breath. Then we learn the former governor has a pretty interesting history. He had taken a lead pipe to his beloved wife and stepped out of the limelight. The story is told by one of his children, Sammy. A drug dealer that I could not help but like. His daughter Dee now? I didn't like her spoiled ass all the way through the book.The book was good and it kept me interes [...]

    3. If second-person narration is the red-headed stepchild of style, then first-person omniscient is the creepy uncle whom no one trusts. You don't see him often, and when you do, you don't quite know what to make of him. Even though there's nothing technically wrong with him, he's jarring, and can be hard to get along with. A close first-person narrative does raise some questions, like: how does the narrator, who's also a character in the story, know what the hell everyone else is thinking and doin [...]

    4. Thanks, Lee Thompson, for giving me the most difficult book in the world to review. Everything I liked about the book was also the things I didn't like about the book. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times I know.Without trying to be wishy-washy, let me explain:1. The book is written in first person omniscient, meaning its from the point of view of one character who knows everything. It takes a lot of balls/lady balls to write a novel in this point of view successfully, and Thompso [...]

    5. I am a big Lee Thompson fan. The dude knows how to write some powerfully emotional dark fiction and now he has turned his skills to crime fiction! Nice!Extremely well drawn characters that grew throughout the duration of the story and kept me engaged until the very end. It actually started a bit choppy for me, but I have read enough Thompson to know that it must have been me - trying to read a bit here and there over a holiday weekend. When I was able to hunker down and get some quality reading [...]

    6. A Beautiful Madness sees one of my favourite authors Lee Thompson delve into crime fiction in a riveting, character driven mystery and easily up there with his best to date.The story centres on the Woods family, Eddie is the disgraced former Governor of Texas and the Father, while sitting with a beer one night on the porch, a neighbour’s 17 year old son and friend of his daughter, badly beaten stumbles on to his yard with his killer behind him. Eddie’s lawn will be the last place he sees, ne [...]

    7. 3.5 stars.This was a pretty compelling thriller novel. The characters were pleasantly complex and the background stories injected throughout made the entire book stand out. There were multiple layers upon the main storyline that all interconnected at some point, adding to the drama.There were only a couple of things that I felt detracted from my overall enjoyment. The first was that the entire story was told through one son, Sammy's, point of view. While this has never been my favorite style to [...]

    8. Edward Wood is a disgraced former governor who broke up his family with one horrifying act of violence. Edward witnesses the death of a teenage boy in his yard and sees the killer leaving the scene. His eldest son, Sammy, believes that his father may be responsible but he soon changes his mind when more bodies begin to pile up. This story is told completely from Sammy's pov, first person narration might not work for everyone but I thought it suited this story well. There's a lot going on in this [...]

    9. This was an eARC from Netgalley.Lee Thompson tosses his hat into the thriller ring, bringing all the strengths that make him one of the most compelling horror authors around, producing a powerful work of dark fiction, blending the gritty edge of noir with his trademark ability to form an empathic connection between his characters and the reader. The good, the bad, and the mad, Lee brings them all to life with emotional depth and humanity.Highly recommended.

    10. The strength of this novel lies in its characters. Believable and realistically drawn, with flaws and strengths in equal measure, and empathetic. Although not personally a fan of crime/noir stories, I try never to let my own preferences impact how I rate a book. This is a strong novel with a good twist. It has a gritty quality. It has a strange first-person omniscient POV, which takes a little getting used to, but I'd definitely recommended it to fans of this genre.

    11. 4 of 5 StarsLee Thompson writes Dark Fantasy and Noir fiction under his own name, Coming-of-Age Suspense as Thomas Morgan, and Spernatural Thrillers as Julian Vaughn. The dominating threads weaved throughout his work are love, loss, and learning how to live again. All three of those threads are present in his new Crime Noir novel, A Beautiful Madness.Although, I wasn't entirely comfortable with the author's first-person narrative, by the end of the story I have to admit it was an enjoyable exper [...]

    12. In Lee Thompson's latest work, he moves away from his comfort zone and tries his hand in the crime/thriller genre. While I had some trepidation about this one due to him trying something new, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it worked for me.  The storyline is narrated by the main character, Sammy.  While first person omniscient rarely works well in stories, it worked quite nicely here and I had no issues with it at all. The story flowed nicely, aided by Thompson's skill as an author in [...]

    13. This novel is remarkable to me. Lee Thompson sets a course early on and he will lead and mislead those who expect a standard thriller novel. Why? Because Lee Thompson shows himself to be a tremendously humane author who writes about his characters with great empathy for their suffering. I felt the profound tragedy of their lives and it reached me. This is unusual in this type of novels. A beautiful tribute to the downtrodden in this world and those who have grown up with heavily dysfunctional fa [...]

    14. I have enjoyed reading Lee's books over the years first being (As I Embrace My Jagged Edges) and will continue to read his work in the future. The main character in the story is Sammy the son of ex governor Edward Wood who lives in Wargrove Estates. The story starts with a teenage boy(Shawn Garrett) covered in blood and badly beaten falls into the yard of the ex governor. Nearby is a short person in a black rain slicker named Wolverine watching. Also that same day the Texas senator and his wife [...]

    15. I received this book through my Darkfuse Book Club membership, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I am also one of Mr. Thompson’s pre-readers. First off, you have an experiment with a unique narrative voice that some have called “first person omniscient.” Whether that truly is the case or whether our narrator pieced it all together from what others told him or, mostly likely, he made up some of it up from what he knew, it works in this novel. Thompson clearly wanted to tell the novel entirel [...]

    16. A Beautiful Madness by Lee ThomasOpened sometime prior to August 4, closed August 8, 2014Dark Fuse novelI read on Lee's web site, I think, that his books have an underlying theme of love including family love. What would you do for the love of family. This book certainly deals with family love, hate and how to take advantage when terrible things happen to your family.A well written story. The characters were believable and each certainly had their own priorities in life. I liked the way the auth [...]

    17. This story is filled with a lot of real people, meaning there are no clear lines of "good guys" and "bad guys", which is often the case in real life. They do things that are decent at times, and other times do things that are completely reprehensible, but in most cases, we eventually come to realize there are reasons for their feelings and actions, with most of the characters having had a LOT of hardship in their past. Most seem really unlikable early in the story, but as you read on you at leas [...]

    18. A Beautiful Madness by Lee Thompson is a crime/noir novel that is a bit of a departure for the author. His previous books (at least those that I have read) tended to fall into the horror/dark fantasy camp and I have enjoyed them tremendously. I appreciate dark mysteries as well, so I was looking forward to my read of A Beautiful Madness. I was not disappointed – this is a gritty piece of work for two reasons. One is the smoothness of the writing. The narrative is crisp and plot lines are addic [...]

    19. My first Lee Thompson and I thoroughly enjoyed this crime noir thriller. Lee really knocked this one out of the park. Written in short, quick chapters and full of interesting characters that are both good and evil this book pulls you along a plot line that begs you to just sit and read a little bit more. Mr. Thompson has another crime noir scheduled for later this year and I can't wait to visit more of his creations. Highly recommended.

    20. Procured via: NetGalleyBook Title and Author: “A Beautiful Madness” Lee ThompsonRating: 3 Stars Worthy of a library check outRelease Date: August 5, 2014Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Dark NoirAudience: Fans of previous Thompson novels will enjoy “A Beautiful Madness”Series: StandaloneSummary: From the book jacket: “A Texas Senator and his wife go missing…On the same day, their son is slaughtered by an enigmatic killer on the lawn of ex-Governor Edward Wood's residence. Sammy, Wood's [...]

    21. Essentially all of my exposure to the works of Lee Thompson have been the novellas he's put out with Delirium and DarkFuse, all of which have had a kind of nightmarish feeling to them (that is, reading them feels like reading about a particularly nasty dream). His latest novel is not like that - it's a fairly straightforward thriller - so it took some getting used to.A Beautiful Madness tells the story of the Woods family, formerly members of the Texas elite but, after the horrific actions of Ed [...]

    22. Violence and wasted lives, privilege, power games and the pressures they bring, sets the dark backdrop for A Beautiful Madness by Lee Thompson. Unlikely and questionable heroes, unsolved mysteries, senseless murders and an old ring all mesh together in a twisted collage of dark mystery, murder and intrigue in this riveting character-driven drama. When a bloody and battered Senator’s son takes his dying breaths on the lawn of a disgraced former Texas governor, it is further discovered that the [...]

    23. (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)A Texas Senator and his wife go missing…On the same day, their son is slaughtered by an enigmatic killer on the lawn of ex-Governor Edward Wood's residence. Sammy, Wood's drug dealing son, suspects his father of the crime. After all, his old man snapped once before and crippled his wife with a lead pipe. But there's something more to these events…something deeper and festering just beneath the surface…In [...]

    24. This psychological noir thriller kept me nose in book - or iPad as it were - and the three times I was forced to stop reading I didn't want to stop. So a strong pull-through on multiple story lines right from the start with the murder and the investigation and the family drama. The back story(s) and character development is teased out so that I found myself becoming more invested the deeper into the book I got. Ultimately, a sad and tragic story line hidden within a crime-noir shell, and Thompso [...]

    25. Book Review originally published here: iheartreading/reviews/When I read the blurb for A Beautiful Madness, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. It didn’t scream horror at me. Until I started reading, that is. Lee Thompson creates characters that speak to a reader’s imagination, characters who sound realistic, who have real life issues and troubles.The book starts out with boy getting slaughtered on the lawn of ex-governor Edward Wood’s home. On the same day, the boy’s parents – a T [...]

    26. Ok, this is a problem with NetGalley! My problem Firstly this is Darkfuse, secondly I'm auto approved for Darkfuse. Excuse? ProbablyI started reading this very exciting synopsis and I just thought that I HAD to read this. It sounds exciting! And really the cover is pretty cool too. And as I said above, Darkfuse! I love them!What I didn't realize until I was about 20% in was that this is a thriller. THRILLER. My most hated genre. I mean other than military and politics. I just cannot deal with th [...]

    27. This is the story of a family racked with tragedy. Eddie Woods is an ex-governor who has fallen into disgrace after bashing his wife's head in with an iron pipe after having a breakdown. Now a Senators son has been murdered on Eddie's lawn and he is suspected of being involved. It is up to his drug dealing son to oppose the police and get to the bottom of things himself, and how his druggie sister fits in to the jigsaw.I sat down to read this and I read a quarter of it and thought 'OK I will rea [...]

    28. “A Beautiful madness” is a compelling crime thriller novel by DarkFuse. It is a multi-layered tale with inter connecting stories –that all come together brilliantly. It is exceptionally written with vivid details and edgy dialogue.Lee Thompson creates a gritty noir mystery with three dimensional characters that will keep you hooked until the end. The interjection of horror with a crime thriller, makes “A Beautiful madness” an unforgettable novel and a must read.

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