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For E. Robert Pendleton, a professor clinging to tenure and living in the shambles of his once-bright literary career, death seems to be the only remaining option. But his suicide attempt fails, and during his long convalescence, a novel is discovered hidden in his basement: a brilliant, semi-autobiographical story with a gruesome child murder at its core.
The publication of Scream causes a storm of publicity and raises questions about its content-in particular, about the uncanny resemblance between Pendleton's fictional crime and a real-life, unresolved local murder. How did Pendleton know the case so well? And why did he bury Scream in his basement? A rare blend of suspense, humor and insight, Death of a Writer is "dark, disturbing and damnably good" (Baltimore Sun).

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Death of a Writer
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A novel that would've been good in the 1990s
May 2nd, 2015
Had huge expectations with this book. The author spent a lot of time creating background stories for practically all of the characters, the longest of which were for the 3 main characters, and a 4th main character that arrived late in the book. All these back story development was good, but it dragged the story flow and slowed it down immensely. Halfway through the book I already had an inkling who the killer was, but all these other superfluous material derailed the long awaited climax and the swift denouement that followed. This book would've been at home with mysteries in the 1990s when this type of writing was typical. In this day and age (2015), it's dragging, slow paced, and the type you'd gladly go to the last 2 or 3 chapters to read the ending without sacrificing anything at all in the story because there's nothing in the middle that you would've missed by just jumping to the end.
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