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This crime thriller is probably Lehane's best book to date. Off the coast of Massachusetts is rather grim, gray, and forbidding Shutter Island, a penal colony for the criminally insane. Federal marshals Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule are sent there to find a woman prisoner who has apparently disappeared. But how and where did she go? The island is heavily guarded, as is the twice-weekly supply ferry. Teddy also has another agenda: he seeks the man who killed his wife two years ago. Things are not what they seem as Chuck and Teddy, plagued by migraines and nightmares, dig deeper into the secrets that the island holds. Things reach such a pitch that you don't know whom to believe, which all leads to an ending worthy of Agatha Christie or O. Henry. [A film version, directed by Martin Scorsese, is being released in February 2010 -Ed.] Highly recommended for all public libraries. [LJ 5/1/03] Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Boston-area novelist Lehane has written a terrific suspense novel, an impressive follow-up to 2001's Mystic River. Shutter Island is off Massachusetts's coast, an army facility turned hospital for the criminally insane. When a beautiful-and certifiably crazy-patient escapes, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner, Chuck Aule, are called in to investigate. Embroiled in uncertainties and mystery, the two soon learn there's much more at stake than simply finding one missing woman. Stechschulte gives a stirring performance. His portrayal of Daniels is convincing, and he reads the role with equal parts poignancy and toughness. Stechschulte is particularly adept at reading dialogue. For example, one stormy night at the hospital, Teddy and Chuck are playing cards with two of the hospital's workers. The quartet banters, calling each other's bluffs and having a grand old time, yet tones of racism underlie the conversation. Stechschulte handles the dialogue well, distinguishing between each voice and varying the pace between rapid back-and-forth and thoughtful, drawn out remarks. Simultaneous release with the Morrow hardcover (Forecasts, Apr. 7). (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"Nightmarish.it's not a book to start before bedtime. Even if you finish before dawn, Shutter Island will trouble your sleep." -- Orlando Sentinel
"A lollapalooza of a corkscrew thriller.sure to be the most talked-about thriller of the year." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"There is no mystery.about how good this book is; like Mystic River, it's a tour de force." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Startlingly original.instantly cinematic. unfolds with increasing urgency until it delivers a visceral shock in its final moments." -- New York Times
"Combines the claustrophobia of . . . Agatha Christie . . . with the creepiness of a good Stephen King yarn. . . . Good luck putting this one down.--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Fasten your seat belts for a bumpy, breakneck ride...utterly absorbing... is an express train with no local stops...engrossing."--Boston Globe
"There is no mystery...about how good this book is; like Mystic River, it's a tour de force."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Startlingly original...instantly cinematic... unfolds with increasing urgency until it delivers a visceral shock in its final moments."--New York Times
"A lollapalooza of a corkscrew thriller...sure to be the most talked-about thriller of the year."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"The ride this novel provides is as good as entertainment gets."--Miami Herald
"Nightmarish...it's not a book to start before bedtime. Even if you finish before dawn, Shutter Island will trouble your sleep."--Orlando Sentinel
There is no mystery about how good this book is; like Mystic River, it s a tour de force. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Nightmarish it s not a book to start before bedtime. Even if you finish before dawn, Shutter Island will trouble your sleep. --Orlando Sentinel"
The ride this novel provides is as good as entertainment gets. --Miami Herald"
Combines the claustrophobia of . . . Agatha Christie . . . with the creepiness of a good Stephen King yarn. . . . Good luck putting this one down.--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review"
Startlingly original instantly cinematic unfolds with increasing urgency until it delivers a visceral shock in its final moments. --New York Times"
A lollapalooza of a corkscrew thriller sure to be the most talkedabout thriller of the year. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review"
Fasten your seat belts for a bumpy, breakneck ride utterly absorbing is an express train with no local stops engrossing. --Boston Globe"

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