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Book Title: The Anderson Tapes|
The author of the book: Lawrence Sanders
Date of issue: March 15th 1987
ISBN 13: 9780425103647
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.83 MB
Read full description of the books The Anderson Tapes:John Anderson, ex-con, plans and executes a masterful heist of a multi-unit apartment complex in New York City. That’s the basis of the plot for this book but that’s certainly not what makes it unique. There is an “author” who describes what we are about to read as his summation of a wide variety of transcriptions of various tape recordings, witness statements, court records, concealed wiretap evidence, etc. that relate to the crime in question. This forms a framework for the entire story but we readers are left to act as voyeurs, reading and sifting through all the various documents, etc. to form the essence of what actually happened during the robbery and subsequent police actions. Most of the recordings in the first two thirds of the book involve John Anderson himself as he meets with other criminals, mob bosses, etc. and puts together his master plan. The final third of the book shifts to the witness statements, police accounts, and perpetrator statements from the robbery itself.
This is certainly one of the more unusual books I’ve ever read. It reads like a play with the name of the speaker identified on each line followed by what they said on the tape recording. At first I was concerned that this wouldn’t be any fun at all. The first several chapters of transcriptions were heavy on legal procedural stuff like identifying the time and location of the recording and even details like the make and model of the recording equipment. But I soon fell into the rhythm of it and it wasn’t a problem at all. When the robbery itself kicks off, the narrative pace really kicks off and comes across not only as realistic but also with heart-pounding suspense.
This was Lawrence Sanders first published novel and it won the Edgar award for best first novel back in 1971. Goodreads lists it as the first in the “Deadly Sins” series but I would categorize it as more of a prequel and only because it does introduce Captain Edward X. Delaney in the final 50 pages or so (via his final report on the case as on-scene commander). Subsequent novels in the series follow a traditional novel format, not this recording/transcription technique.
So, in the end, I enjoyed the book quite a lot. All those transcripts were woven together effectively to form a comprehensive and complete story. There was also a bit of unexpected humor from time to time, especially among some of the witness statements, some of whom tended to stray from the facts or embellish their tales, often to the police officer’s frustration. It’s been a while since I read the first two “Deadly Sins” novels but this experience has spurred me to go for the rest of them now, and catch up with one of my favorite police characters, Edward X. Delaney.
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Lawrence Sanders was the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty mystery and suspense novels. The Anderson Tapes, completed when he was fifty years old, received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for best first novel. His prodigious oeuvre encompasses the Edward X. Delaney, Archy McNally, and Timothy Cone series, along with his acclaimed Commandment books. Stand-alone novels include Sullivan's Sting and Caper. Sanders remains one of America’s most popular novelists, with more than fifty million copies of his books in print.
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