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Salvation Boulevard: A Novel epub

by Larry Beinhart


Salvation Boulevard: A Novel epub

ISBN: 1568584326

ISBN13: 978-1568584324

Author: Larry Beinhart

Category: Thriller and Mystery

Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense

Language: English

Publisher: Nation Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 2009)

Pages: 368 pages

ePUB book: 1656 kb

FB2 book: 1576 kb

Rating: 4.9

Votes: 630

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I enjoyed Larry Beinhart's "Salvation Boulevard" more than any book I've read in a while, dropped everything and stayed up to 1 . to finish it. The first person protagonist is an evangelical Christian, member of a Texas megachurch, ex-cop and ex-alcoholic private detective.

I enjoyed Larry Beinhart's "Salvation Boulevard" more than any book I've read in a while, dropped everything and stayed up to 1 . He's working for a Jewish liberal lawyer, who is defending an American Muslim student accused of murdering an atheist college professor who was about to publish a book on the human need to cling to religious illusions.

Salvation Boulevard: A Novel. F~ Author-provocateur Beinhart (Wag the Dog) manages to offend everyone a little bit in this timely page-turner that will generate.

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Larry Beinhart’s Salvation Boulevard, like his Wag the Dog and The Librarian, is a wild ride indeed. Intelligent, provocative, often outrageous, it pits a tough excop turned born-again Pl against what only looks like innocence, covering a dark world of power and treachery and deceit. It will grip you, first page to last. A gripping, page-turning tale that takes one through bad lawyers and good ones, treachery and faith, pornography and preaching, torture and Homeland Security. Salvation Boulevard is a great and memorable read.

Larry Beinhart is an American author. He is best known as the author of the political and detective novel American Hero, which was adapted into the political-parody film Wag the Dog. An early inspiration was the works of George Bernard Shaw, who besides his writing skills and wit, "created dramas out of ideas"

Salvation Boulevard: A Novel. Some cases test a private investigator’s wits, others test his courage, and still others, his character. In Salvation Boulevard, . Carl Van Wagener has found a case that tests them all, and then goes on to test his soul. A professor is dead and a suspectwho has confessedis in custody. But nothing is what it seems.

Too top-heavy with unassimilated questions to work as a novel of ideas, with a mystery whose solution is too obvious for a genre piece, Beinhart’s overheated curiosity still delivers many pleasures from both genres. ISBN: 978-1-56858-411-9. Publisher: Nation Books. More Mystery Thriller . More by larry beinhart.

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Some cases test a private investigator's wits, others test his courage, and still others, his character. In Salvation Boulevard, P.I. Carl Van Wagener has found a case that tests them all, and then goes on to test his soul. A professor is dead and a suspect—who has confessed—is in custody. But nothing is what it seems. After all, the dead man is an atheist professor, the accused an Islamic foreign student, the defense attorney a Jew, and the detective a Born Again Christian. As Carl gets deeper and deeper into the investigation of the death of professor Nathaniel MacLeod, his most basic beliefs and relationships are tried and his world is turned upside down. The mega-church, the pastor, and his new wife who have redeemed Carl from a life of grim debauchery insist on his dropping the case. But he can't stop searching for the real killer and the truth—no matter what the personal cost.

Salvation Boulevard is a page-turning thriller in the tradition of John Grisham and Richard Condon that grapples with the ecstatic and entropic nature of religious faith in contemporary America.

First, I must acknowledge that I've never had any contact with evangelical Christians. So I can't judge whether the author's portrayal of their beliefs is accurate and fair. I intend to check out the discussion he encouraged at his website, but I haven't found time to do it yet.

Given that...in a story of murder and mayhem, I hope for surprises. Here, I was only truly surprised by one plot development, which takes place less than midway through the book. I'm not saying I anticipated all the specifics. But the characters I expected (from the way they'd been portrayed all along) to be guilty of wrongdoing were in fact guilty of wrongdoing.

Early on, we're told a minor character has insisted on something's being worded in a certain way, rejecting another possibility. I kept waiting for that to have some plot relevance, but it never does.

Finally, while I can understand the author's wanting to end the story the way he did, the denouement was too long and dragged-out for my taste.
I enjoyed this book so much so that once I started reading it I didn't put it down for 2 days I found myself bringing the book to the table and reading it while I was eating I rarely if ever do that but this is a well written book and just when I thought I could put the book down for a bit something else surprising happened and I had to keep reading. Of course, being a freethinker might have made me more interested in the outcome and the dialog but the main story was excellent on it's own. It doesn't surprise me that they made this into a movie.
Really enjoyed his book, The Librarian which I rate 4.5 stars, but whilst this was reasonably enjoyable
not a must read .
I wanted to like this book . . . it is an interesting, thoughtful premise. But the plot wobbled all over the place, the initial plot mechanic got lost . . .and I didn't like the protagonist . . .and most of the other characters. It will be interesting to see what he projected movie does with this unfortunate mish-mash . . . RHB
Yep. This is one of those can't put it down once you start it novels. The author, who wrote the book the movie Wag The Dog, was adapted from, has come out with a sure winner that kept me up waaay past my bedtime.

Beinhart is a very savvy political observer in the real world, writing for huffingtonpost, opednews and other political sites. But he is brilliant when it comes to weaving stories that are built upon the politics, the characters and issues of the day.

Salvation Boulevard is a mystery and a.... not a thriller, though it has plenty of thrilling moments, not an adventure, though the story takes you on quite a ride... I'm not sure exactly how you'd categorize it. A theopolitical action story?

Beinhart walks you into the world of the evangelical right wing megachurch, into the mind of its members and its leaders and he creates a very believable collection of characters who learn to love, hate or despise.

Even if you're not interested in politics, there's a great story here. I understand it's been optioned to be made into a movie and that's not at all surprising. It should be put on the screen and when it is, it will be a hit I'll be sure to watch.
I enjoyed Larry Beinhart's "Salvation Boulevard" more than any book I've read in a while, dropped everything and stayed up to 1 a.m. to finish it. The first person protagonist is an evangelical Christian, member of a Texas megachurch, ex-cop and ex-alcoholic private detective. He's working for a Jewish liberal lawyer, who is defending an American Muslim student accused of murdering an atheist college professor who was about to publish a book on the human need to cling to religious illusions.

I'm an atheist raised as a fundamentalist Christian, so I was uncomfortable at first finding myself inside the mind of an evangelical Christian. But that's the protagonist, of course, not the author. Anyway, I was already hooked. The story unfolds over the wreckage of our legal system left after eight years of Bush's "war on terror" and the Bill of Rights. Using the Muslim student's arrest - he's already being called a terrorist - as the case in point, the detective's charismatic superstar minister paints a picture of holy war between "them and us," and the church brings every kind of pressure on the detective to drop the case. The detective, who believes the student innocent, is having trouble with his faith. And I'll leave the rest of the story for you to enjoy, while I read the author's other two books, "Wag the Dog" and "The Librarian."
You probably won't find Larry Beinhart signing copies of his new novel, SALVATION BOULEVARD, at a mega-church near you. That's because Beinhart takes American right-wing Christianity by the scruff of the neck and shakes the tar out of it in this rip-roaring, disturbing post-9/11 tale of deception, greed, xenophobia, faith, doubt, apostasy and murder.
Carl, a former cop, his wife, Gwen, and his adolescent daughter from a previous marriage, Angie, belong to the Cathedral of the Third Millennium, a 6,400-member fundamentalist mega-church built of glass and steel and shepherded by the Rev. Paul Plowright. (Give you one guess who the bad guy is.)
Renouncing drugs, alcohol, casual sex and thinking for himself, Carl gives Plowright credit for saving his life and Jesus the glory for saving his soul. Harboring nary a doubt (uncertainty is for the faithless), Carl abides, for a time, in the love of God, family and the flock at CTM.
But abiding time starts ticking down when Carl is hired to investigate a murder that leads him into temptations of the flesh and the spirit. Here's how Carl describes his situation, "Look, I'm a Christian working for a Jewish lawyer who's working for an Islamic kid to find out who really killed the atheist. It's America, right?"
Beinhart, whose previous novels include WAG THE DOG and THE LIBRARIAN, both must-read page-turners for political junkies, takes aim this time at scoundrels behind stained glass windows who've had it coming.
For a high-speed excursion of America's search for meaning in these strange times, take SALVATION BOULEVARD. Beinhart will have you hollering "Amen!"