by Jeff Richards
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Pub Date 09 Jun 2020 | Archive Date 06 Oct 2020
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Set in Takoma Park among a group of college friends now raising families together, Lady Killer explores spousal abuse and the ways that both long-standing friendships and marriages can unravel when put to the test. Mitch Lovett, a recently divorced father of two, is in love with Gail Strickland. Ed, Gail’s jealous, abusive husband just happens to have received a new gun for his birthday. Dee Wynn decides she loves Mitch as well and that nothing is going to stand in her way.
According to Matthew Norman (Domestic Violets), “this quick burst of a book” reminded him of “some of John Updike’s famous suburban romps”. An explosive novel that sets in motion a series of events with tragic consequences for all involved.
A Note From the Publisher
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''Lady Killer by Jeff Richards is a quick burst of a book, with action and insight on every page. In all the best ways, it reminded me of some of John Updike's famous suburban romps. However, make no mistake, this is a thoroughly modern story.''
—Matthew Norman, Domestic Violets
''Jeff Richards' Lady Killer is fast-paced, assured storytelling that dramatically brings us into the intimate lives of couples, now at the edge of their forties, who have been friends since high school in Takoma Park, Maryland, a town at the edge of Washington, D.C. Richards' fluid sentences and evocatively-written dialogue reveal men and women contending with the pressures of marriage and parenthood, with jealousy, anger, and infidelity, and—not least—murder.''
—Merrill Leffler, Mark the Music
''It s hard to put Lady Killer down. The characters are original yet all too familiar. We recognize friends and spouses, neighbors whom we like and don't, and we shudder at their actions and frailties. Written with empathy, Lady Killer is exquisitely human, fragile, vicious at times, and kind at others. Jeff Richards' latest work is a compulsively readable look into our own seamy behaviors and joyous willingness to engage in destructive yet irresistible behavior.''
—Thierry Sagnier, Montparnasse
Average rating from 8 members
The excerpt I listen to revealed a lot in less. Than 5 minutes. Dan and his wife are separated. He is returning the kids to their mother after can overnight visit when his wife asks him to stay for discussion. While she grabs coffee, he mentally reminisces about the life they had together in the home and the life he has now as a man enjoying the single life. Just when his wife Tray and bring her talk,the excerpt ends. I’d like to learn more about these characters and their story.
It was the characters rather than the plot which made this book for me. I felt I knew them and that I was invested in what happened to them. There was something about this which made me think of those 1970s novels about couples with intertwined and complicated relationships. The writing style was direct and did not try to overshadow the core appeal of the book - the characters.
Well written. Actually creepy though. Enjoyed reading it but the chill factors are high. This story will stay with you long after the last page. Happy reading!
Lady Killer is set in a small town where we get to know a group of old friends, most of them married with kids. It explores different types of relationships and therefore deals with topics such as love, adultery, abuse or revenge. I did enjoy the book and got through it quite fast, however I personally don’t think it is very memorable. I also found it to be written in a somewhat unusual way, but it fits the story well.
This book is about a group of married with kids friends who live in a small town environment. It's involves their relationships and troubles along the way It's a well written book, but I found the storyline quite poor, but had solid characters. Wouldn't recommend it to a friend probably though Thank you Netgalley and Publishers for the Arc