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»Over time, Death of the Black-Haired Girl will probably rank on a tier below the mastery of Stone’s classics — Dog Soldiers, A Hall of Mirrors and Outerbridge Reach. But it is still a trenchant, engaging read from a literary giant who, at 76, is once again operating near the top of his considerable skills.«

Larry Lebowitz

The death of a college student who was carrying on with her advisor is loaded with moral issues and questions. Larry Lebowitz about the novel Death of the Black-Haired Girl by Robert Stone. His review at the Miami Herald.

»It’s in a book such as this, at least while we’re immersed in its reverberant pages, that we can find the only place where meaning, as dark as it might be, emerges as a balm against nothingness. Anyone who loves fine fiction has no choice but to read this novel now.«

Alan Cheuse

A place quite dangerous for writers: Alan Cheuse about the novel Death of the Black-Haired Girl by Robert Stone. His review at SFGAte.

»Even as Death of the Black-Haired Girl barrels along toward its melancholy conclusion, it explicates its characters’ hope that life is not completely random — «people always want their suffering to mean something,» as one character puts it — and their contradictory awareness of the dangers of religious certainty; their understanding that choices have moral consequences and that innocents frequently are tangled and hurt in the crossfire. The result is at once a Hawthorne-like allegory and a sure-footed psychological thriller.«

Michiko Kakutani

A messy affair: Michiko Kakutani about the novel Death of the Black-Haired Girl by Robert Stone. Her review at The New York Times.