Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley

Duplicate Keys

byJane Smiley

Kobo ebook | December 1, 2010

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Alice Ellis is a Midwestern refugee living in Manhattan. Still recovering from a painful divorce, she depends on the companionship and camaraderie of tightly knit circle of friends. At the center of this circle is a rock band struggling to navigate New York’s erratic music scene, and an apartment/practice space with approximately fifty key-holders. One sunny day, Alice enters the apartment and finds two of the band members shot dead. As the double-murder sends waves of shock through their lives, this group of friends begins to unravel, and dangerous secrets are revealed one by one. When Alice begins to notice things amiss in her own apartment, the tension breaks out as it occurs to her that she is not the only person with a key, and she may not get a chance to change the locks.

Jane Smiley applies her distinctive rendering of time, place, and the enigmatic intricacies of personal relationships to the twists and turns of suspense. The result is a brilliant literary thriller that will keep readers guessing up to its final, shocking conclusion.

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Title:Duplicate KeysFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 1, 2010Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:030775877X

ISBN - 13:9780307758774

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from O.k. Alice is watering plants for her friend Susan while Susan is away. When she comes into the apartment, she discovers Susan’s husband, Denny, and their friend, Craig, murdered. During the course of the book, there is an investigation into the murders, but the focus of the book is on the group of friends that they all belonged to, and their problems and issues. The book was o.k. I didn’t really like very many of the characters, though, and I found it moved a bit slowly. I did like one of the secondary characters, but there wasn’t much redeeming about anyone else (including Alice). Unfortunately, it’s been a few days since I finished reading the book (I usually review books the day I finish), so I don’t remember everything I was going to mention about it. I’m even 2nd guessing the star rating I wanted to give the book (could have been 3.25 or maybe 3.5); at this point, though, a 3 should do it.
Date published: 2010-09-25