Great, great great. I absolutely loved it. Can't wait to read more of his.
This is a non-stop, edge of your seat, thriller. Couldn't put it down so lost lots of sleep because of it.
"Eleven Days" is the first is a series featuring Carl Houseman, a police detective in a small town in north eastern Iowa. Overall, the book a good police procedural but like many first time novelists, Harstad could not resist the temptation to throw everything AND the kitchen sink into this one. If one dead body is good, a dozen must be brilliant. If Satan worship is good, Satan worship with human sacrifice and group sex is even better. This book is a very fast read and for the most part, the writing is solid. There is a lot of violence and gore so if that bothers you, don't attempt this book. Otherwise, fasten your seatbelt for a fast and furious ride and be prepared to add Harstad's second book to your list as soon as you finish the first. That's exactly what I did.
I esp liked the setting of the story is a very small town in Iowa, somewhere different than LA, MIami, or NYC. A very interesting and unique suspense novel.
I really enjoyed this book. It held my interest from the very first. This is the first book by this author so I have requested his second...see if I like it as well.
"Life in Maitland, Iowa, is usually predictable, even for a cop. But all that changes the day Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman's dispatcher receives a terrifying 911 call. The day cops find the mutilated bodies at a remote farmhouse. The first of eleven days Carl will never forget."
I loved this book partly because it was based on true events, and partly because of Carl. I can't wait to read Donald Harstad's next book!
I have to agree with Michael Connelly,"A hell of a first novel...gripping and unsettling."
From the first page to the last, I was on the edge of my seat. I rarely get a chance to sit and read for hours at a time, but once I opened this book, I took the time. Being a retired 911 Dispatcher in Iowa for many years, I am always critical of the writing when it pertains to procedure. Donald Harstad gave me nothing to complain about.
Carl Houseman is an ordinary Deputy doing an extraordinary job. He puts on his ballistic vest, straps on his gun and hits the streets. We all know that in a small town not much happens most of the time. But when a satanic cult begins to gain a huge presence in town, Deputy Houseman and his brothers and sisters in law enforcement gear up and get the bad guy.
I was off track a couple of times in solving this crime, but by the end I had figured it out. There were a few really good plot twists, strong and interesting characters and a whole lot of drama! I can not wait to start on "Known Dead", the next book in this series.
In hindsight I would read this book if I had a children's book and this as my only reading source if I were snowbound in a house. Ok it wasn't that bad but not in my top 30 books.
Eleven Days is a mystery tied into Satanism and murder. Carl Houseman has difficulty extracting information from the Satanic cult. The members are more concerned of hiding their sexual perversities than solving the murder of one of their own. This is a fast-paced criminal investigative novel.
A life in Mitlend, Iowa is usually predictable even for a cop. All changes the day deputy sheriff Carl Houseman's dispacher receives the terrifying 911 call. The day cops find the mutilate bodies at a remote farm house. The first of eleven days that Carl will never forget.