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The Pandarus File

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Author: Kyle Keyes

Published: January 8th 2010 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Format: Paperback , 348 pages

Isbn: 9781449981556

Language: English


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Helena Hollister was a New York City gold digger who latched onto her father-in-law's fortune by seducing a Hobbs Creek 24 yr old who suffered from motor slowness. Helena got away with murder and the money, while two backwoods lawmen failed to unravel the mystery of who killed Elmer Kane. The case went unsolved from 1958 until early in the cyberspace age, when Helena Holli Helena Hollister was a New York City gold digger who latched onto her father-in-law's fortune by seducing a Hobbs Creek 24 yr old who suffered from motor slowness. Helena got away with murder and the money, while two backwoods lawmen failed to unravel the mystery of who killed Elmer Kane. The case went unsolved from 1958 until early in the cyberspace age, when Helena Hollister surfaced in Right Bank, Paris as Anna Ward.

30 review for The Pandarus File

  1. 4 out of 5

    Re:Views

    After discovering him by chance, I have become a huge fan of Kyle Keyes and his unusual writing style and completely unique plot lines. With 'The Pandarus File' I was expecting a thrilling mystery with Sci-Fi elements and a touch of humour, and that is just what I got...and more. 'The Pandarus File' is a murder mystery that spans generations and yet there is little mystery in who the killer is - eccentric Ms. Hollister - but there is oodles of mystery in how the crime was committed. I love how Ke After discovering him by chance, I have become a huge fan of Kyle Keyes and his unusual writing style and completely unique plot lines. With 'The Pandarus File' I was expecting a thrilling mystery with Sci-Fi elements and a touch of humour, and that is just what I got...and more. 'The Pandarus File' is a murder mystery that spans generations and yet there is little mystery in who the killer is - eccentric Ms. Hollister - but there is oodles of mystery in how the crime was committed. I love how Keyes can weave these very contemporary and futuristic time anomaly and time travel elements into the very traditional murder mystery. You always go on a real journey in a Kyle Keyes novel and in this one you will travel from USA in the 1950s to France in the modern day, with so many twists and turns on the way. Another brilliant book from Keyes.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lust for Lit

    The Pandarus File of the title refers to a murder investigation spanning decades. Pandarus is not however a character in this novel, but a clever literary reference to a renowned archer from Greek mythology. So there is a murder, a murder weapon and a suspect but things are more complex than that. Kyle Keyes takes readers on a journey, keeping essential details just out of reach for long enough to create intrigue and mistrust of characters. There are red herrings in the case that readers as trea The Pandarus File of the title refers to a murder investigation spanning decades. Pandarus is not however a character in this novel, but a clever literary reference to a renowned archer from Greek mythology. So there is a murder, a murder weapon and a suspect but things are more complex than that. Kyle Keyes takes readers on a journey, keeping essential details just out of reach for long enough to create intrigue and mistrust of characters. There are red herrings in the case that readers as treated to the inside knowledge of, as well as those we aren’t immediately privy to. The essential plot of the story takes place in the USA in the fifties, however the story reaches its denouement in France in the ‘noughties’. Secrets can be carried for a very long time…

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pegboard

    In The Pandarus File by Kyle Keyes the story rotates back and forth between the time Helena Hollister lived in New Jersey and the years later when the law caught up with her. Her devious mind sets up the perfect crime to frame her wealthy husband. She loves his money, just not him. The law knows something is off with the murder, but just can't seem to place what. Years later Helena is found in Paris by special agent Jeremy Wade. Wade is gifted in many areas, but it is always surprising when he c In The Pandarus File by Kyle Keyes the story rotates back and forth between the time Helena Hollister lived in New Jersey and the years later when the law caught up with her. Her devious mind sets up the perfect crime to frame her wealthy husband. She loves his money, just not him. The law knows something is off with the murder, but just can't seem to place what. Years later Helena is found in Paris by special agent Jeremy Wade. Wade is gifted in many areas, but it is always surprising when he catches his mark. I loved the mounded suspense woven within The Pandarus File. Kyle Keyes keeps his novels centered around similar characters and places, building a fan base of Jeremy Wade and Delaware Township. Through an intricate weaving of characters, circumstances, and unusual special agent; the author creates an enticing novel. I am looking forward to reading more about special agent Jeremy Wade.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Library Love

    I found The Pandarus File to be a quirky book that demanded my attention. The characters seem to jump out and shout from the pages, all jostling to tell their sides of the story (some more persuasively than others). By far the loudest character is Helena Hollister, who we learn the intentions of right at the very beginning of the story. This story has a lot going on – murder, motives, blackmail, clandestine liaisons, cover ups, secret identity, time period shifts, multiple perspectives and an ab I found The Pandarus File to be a quirky book that demanded my attention. The characters seem to jump out and shout from the pages, all jostling to tell their sides of the story (some more persuasively than others). By far the loudest character is Helena Hollister, who we learn the intentions of right at the very beginning of the story. This story has a lot going on – murder, motives, blackmail, clandestine liaisons, cover ups, secret identity, time period shifts, multiple perspectives and an absconding criminal. A rich mix of characters that don’t hold back on conversation, darting off into all manner of tangents and covering all manner of details, sets a very naturalistic and believable setting for this crime thriller.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Basket of Books

    Kyle Keyes has created a wholly immersive world as a backdrop for this book. We are transported back to ‘50s America, populated by wise-cracking, larger than life characters with shady intentions, then just as we get used to that, we are whisked to a more current timeline (described as post 9-11) and find ourselves in France. This is a murder mystery detective case that goes unresolved for generations. We see snippets of what happened at the time of the crime, but all is not what it at first see Kyle Keyes has created a wholly immersive world as a backdrop for this book. We are transported back to ‘50s America, populated by wise-cracking, larger than life characters with shady intentions, then just as we get used to that, we are whisked to a more current timeline (described as post 9-11) and find ourselves in France. This is a murder mystery detective case that goes unresolved for generations. We see snippets of what happened at the time of the crime, but all is not what it at first seems, as we gather from and piece together multiple character’s viewpoints. Kyle Keyes pays great attention to detail and his use of dialogue is superb. This could very well be made into a screenplay, with little adaptation required.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tara Phillips

    Am I really referencing a murder-mystery novel with words like 'expressive' and 'uplifting'? Not every murder comes with doom and not every author portrays the murder as the characters being scoundrels. Keyes has his own bravery and expression with the vision of murder mystery. Throwback to historical Pop Culture in 1958 - Rock & Roll, slavery, injustice, payolas to certain superstars and celebs. The world then was different and a learning curve to all we have today in 2019. Though this last sente Am I really referencing a murder-mystery novel with words like 'expressive' and 'uplifting'? Not every murder comes with doom and not every author portrays the murder as the characters being scoundrels. Keyes has his own bravery and expression with the vision of murder mystery. Throwback to historical Pop Culture in 1958 - Rock & Roll, slavery, injustice, payolas to certain superstars and celebs. The world then was different and a learning curve to all we have today in 2019. Though this last sentence is my interoperation of the progression of the world. Elmer Kane, murder mystery! Small town murder affects the outcome of policing. Found Keyes to be descriptive with how the murder play out and careful not to lend too many clues of who dunnit until absolutely necessary. Vengeance and spiteful detectives railroad the progression of the case until Thomas doesn't let anyone push him around! Purchase audiobook for clear comprehension and enjoyment especially while travelling. Just d o n ' t fall asleep. Happy Holidays.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Grady

    A masterful novel! Discovering Florida author Kyle Keyes is a rare pleasure. Having read and enjoyed his QUANTUM ROOTS diptych, the man’s gifts are a known treasure. His perfect blend of wry humor and vivid scene painting and character creating make his books addictive. Perhaps his experience as a journalist assists his reportage of events in such a credible and involving manner that his ‘novels’ seem real – very real. Having been fascinated with Kyle’s craft in molding historically suffused scien A masterful novel! Discovering Florida author Kyle Keyes is a rare pleasure. Having read and enjoyed his QUANTUM ROOTS diptych, the man’s gifts are a known treasure. His perfect blend of wry humor and vivid scene painting and character creating make his books addictive. Perhaps his experience as a journalist assists his reportage of events in such a credible and involving manner that his ‘novels’ seem real – very real. Having been fascinated with Kyle’s craft in molding historically suffused science fiction/fantasy aligned with science and fact, it is equally impressive to read his mystery works. Being a master storyteller, Kyle opens his book with a Prelude that hints at the action to come –‘She wanted to take the easy way out at first. She went to see a divorce lawyer whose hollow blue eyes come to life at the name, Hollister. The wavy haired attorney was the junior partner of Dawson, Dunn and Pierce, a highly touted New Jersey law firm. He scrutinized case related facts, heard probable causes and told Helena to forget it. Tapping a cardboard folder that contained her background data while staring at her pointy sweater, he said, ‘in a blood and guts court battle, I’m afraid your husband’s boyish flush will beat your one pair.” She left Camden City law office on angry heels, and jaywalking through car horns at Broad and Federal, the second Mrs. Rodney Hollister plotted an alternative course to grab the family fortune. The chaotic Labor Day adventure would lead to a Hobbs Creek homicide, destined to go unsolved from 1958 until early in the cyberspace age [aka The Pandarus File], when Helena Hollister surfaced in Right Bank, Paris as Anna Ward.’ Clues, seductive clues, and they suggest the plot as the author’s summary details: ‘The novel depicts a yesteryear murder that goes unsolved until post 911, when Helena Hollister shows up in Right Bank, Paris as Anna Ward. The story rolls back to 1958. They are not Happy Days. Russia beats Uncle Sam into space. Rock & Roll takes a hit as federal indictments levy payola charges against some big name disc jockeys. Across a troubled ocean, the U.S. 7th Fleet fights off a Communist invasion threat at the Quenoy Islands. Locally, the Hollisters of Delaware Township keep a date with death in Lower Elks County, where menfolk wear bib overalls and tell campfire tales of the Jersey Devil. Ms Hollister commits a cold blooded killing in front of her millionaire husband, Rodney Hollister - and gets away scot free, while two backwoods lawmen named Walker Thomas and Bo Brennan fail to solve the crime. Thomas is a county detective and all but cracks the case in 1958, but cannot locate the weapon. Hobbs Creek Police Chief, William Bo Brennan is more concerned with fishing poles and catfish. The victim is a 23-year-old boy who suffers from "motor slowness." His father is wealthy bank president, John Kane who can match Rodney Hollister, dollar for dollar. Thus, the unseen battle pits money against money. Eventually, a rookie agent named Jeremy Wade tracks down Ms Hollister's accomplice who holds the missing piece to the Elmer Kane, murder mystery.' Succinctly stated, this is a blisteringly fine novel – dark mystery related with a keen eye for humor. Kyle Keyes is an important author, hopefully producing more books of this caliber. Highly recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Only the Best Books

    Good all-round, fast-paced detective story. This book started as it meant to carry on. No pre-amble; straight to the nitty gritty of the story and into the heart of the scenes. Keyes is very good at writing conversation and observations on the minutiae of life, both in a great, entertaining way. I could totally imagine this book being read out aloud, narrated with a New Jersey or Bronx accent. The story concerns an international police case, flitting between late 1950s and early 2000s, involving Good all-round, fast-paced detective story. This book started as it meant to carry on. No pre-amble; straight to the nitty gritty of the story and into the heart of the scenes. Keyes is very good at writing conversation and observations on the minutiae of life, both in a great, entertaining way. I could totally imagine this book being read out aloud, narrated with a New Jersey or Bronx accent. The story concerns an international police case, flitting between late 1950s and early 2000s, involving murder, subterfuge and hidden identity. The story is mainly written from the point of view of the main murder suspect, but don’t be sucked in by her, she isn’t necessarily as much of a reliable narrator as she might appear!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephen R.

    Prolific author Kyle Keyes delivers once again with the thrilling The Pandarus File. The book’s central narrative device is a murder mystery, and it’s an absolute thriller. Keyes instantly hooks the reader in within the first few pages and does an excellent job of building the tension and the level of intrigue as the novel wears on. As the novel begins to reach its thrilling conclusion, you will find yourself totally unable to put the book down. He creates a fully lived-in world with three-dimen Prolific author Kyle Keyes delivers once again with the thrilling The Pandarus File. The book’s central narrative device is a murder mystery, and it’s an absolute thriller. Keyes instantly hooks the reader in within the first few pages and does an excellent job of building the tension and the level of intrigue as the novel wears on. As the novel begins to reach its thrilling conclusion, you will find yourself totally unable to put the book down. He creates a fully lived-in world with three-dimensional characters that will further grab your attention and pull you into the mystery at the heart of the novel. Those who are looking for a book that they will not be able to look away from may have found the perfect solution in The Pandarus File.

  10. 5 out of 5

    High Light

    I have been reading Kyle Keyes’ Quantum Roots books and I have to say, he’s a pretty good storyteller. Now this one is not a Q.R. novel but it also features his signature character Jeremy Wade. The reason why I have compared this to THE Sidney Sheldon of decades ago is because their stories mirror in terms of mystery, murder, and a beautiful but deadly female character who is connected to a bunch of male friends and enemies. It is the story of a couple by the names of Rodney and Helena Hollister I have been reading Kyle Keyes’ Quantum Roots books and I have to say, he’s a pretty good storyteller. Now this one is not a Q.R. novel but it also features his signature character Jeremy Wade. The reason why I have compared this to THE Sidney Sheldon of decades ago is because their stories mirror in terms of mystery, murder, and a beautiful but deadly female character who is connected to a bunch of male friends and enemies. It is the story of a couple by the names of Rodney and Helena Hollister who are rich (Rodney that is) and also a distinctive Black police detective who goes on to solve the biggest and hardest case of their hometown. But unfortunately, it just so happens that the husband gets landed in jail while Helena, surprisingly, goes free. But not for long, because Emmett Walker (the Black dude) soon puts the pieces of the puzzle together and comes to the conclusion (and the truth) that Helena and her partner in crime, Abel Johnson, did have something to do with the death of a seemingly disabled guy called Elmer Kane with whom Helena had been caught by Rodney being naked with at a bar. I found this novel to be very brilliantly done. There is humor and that keeps the reader (like me) interested in it even more. There are no boring moments, every event flows so well. I did not like Helena Hollister one bit and I wanted to see her behind bars simply because she was cunning and a temptress. She has a dangerous mind and it got her, her fortune and her dream. The sad thing about this book though is that her innocent husband did not fare well and that he was jailed for a crime he had nothing to do with. Another thing about this book that was interesting was the genius mind of Emmett Walker. He was the one who prevailed in his detective work, who connected the pieces of the puzzling crime with the help of his Caucasian police partners. The novel’s formula is however similar to all other mystery stories in which the spouse of the wrongfully convicted is the real criminal. As a closure, Kyle Keyes is a must-read author and you should read this book to find out for yourself what I was talking about above. If you aren’t familiar with Sidney Sheldon, then you are missing out. I recommend this pretty novel (the front cover is so romance novel-like) to those who are craving a book with all the spicy elements of small-town murder and a murderous witch who escapes prosecution for a long time. The book is an easy read so anyone from a teenager in high school to the aged reader can devour it in two days or even one. One last thing I should tell you about this book is that it’s got zero sexual content so you should be good to go.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Didgeri Did

    Am I really referencing a murder-mystery novel with words like 'expressive' and 'uplifting'? Not every murder comes with doom and not every author portrays the murder as the characters being scoundrels. Keyes has his own bravery and expression with the vision of murder mystery. Throwback to historical Pop Culture in 1958 - Rock & Roll, slavery, injustice, payolas to certain superstars and celebs. The world then was different and a learning curve to all we have today in 2019. Though this last sente Am I really referencing a murder-mystery novel with words like 'expressive' and 'uplifting'? Not every murder comes with doom and not every author portrays the murder as the characters being scoundrels. Keyes has his own bravery and expression with the vision of murder mystery. Throwback to historical Pop Culture in 1958 - Rock & Roll, slavery, injustice, payolas to certain superstars and celebs. The world then was different and a learning curve to all we have today in 2019. Though this last sentence is my interoperation of the progression of the world. Elmer Kane, murder mystery! Small town murder affects the outcome of policing. Found Keyes to be descriptive with how the murder play out and careful not to lend too many clues of who dunnit until absolutely necessary. Vengeance and spiteful detectives railroad the progression of the case until Thomas doesn't let anyone push him around! Purchase audiobook for clear comprehension and enjoyment especially while travelling. Just d o n ' t fall asleep. Happy Holidays.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Valery

    The Panderus File by Kyle Keyes is a great mystery novel by this prolific author. The book gets off to a quick start, there is no deviating from the grit of the story here. Keyes is adept at pulling the reader right into the story. Going back and forth between the 1950's and the early 2000's, this book is mostly written from the point of view of the murder suspect. However, she may not be the most reliable person in the novel, and off we go into this mesmerizing novel. Of course there is subterf The Panderus File by Kyle Keyes is a great mystery novel by this prolific author. The book gets off to a quick start, there is no deviating from the grit of the story here. Keyes is adept at pulling the reader right into the story. Going back and forth between the 1950's and the early 2000's, this book is mostly written from the point of view of the murder suspect. However, she may not be the most reliable person in the novel, and off we go into this mesmerizing novel. Of course there is subterfuge, murder, and chaos as only Keyes can write it, and you are left wanting more of this writing and this crazy story as it races to the end. Filled with detail, clues, and the seductive use of clever language, this book is one that you shouldn't miss. Highly recommend for a one of a kind read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    The Pandarus File by Kyle Keyes What I like about this book is that there is so much to it: murder, mystery, locations, investigations and link to it all. What I didn't like from the start was all the different locations and years, felt like I lost a few decades at times) Story is from the 2011's and even further back to 1950's and til you hear all the missing years the story gets your attention. Helena entices the men at the bar with strips and it gets them to not only order more but tips are good The Pandarus File by Kyle Keyes What I like about this book is that there is so much to it: murder, mystery, locations, investigations and link to it all. What I didn't like from the start was all the different locations and years, felt like I lost a few decades at times) Story is from the 2011's and even further back to 1950's and til you hear all the missing years the story gets your attention. Helena entices the men at the bar with strips and it gets them to not only order more but tips are good. Elmer Kane is a very young man-for her and he's a bit on the slow end but she loves the family money. 1950's and we find Helena with Rodney but she's blackmailing Martin... Pre 911 we find Jeremy investigating in Paris to find Helena but that's not her name... What I loved was the things he discovers while investigating and how it all fit together and how-I saw things differently when explained this way! Love the descriptions of what's right in front of you, as if you are RIGHT there.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dogandbone

    This mystery novel has been well written in its own unique style, the plot is very interesting and it gets straight to the point as I found myself completely hooked after reading the first few pages. The most interesting characters of this book are of course Helena and Jeremy. Kyle keeps you on the edge of your seat in this book and left me wanting to read more. The Pandarus File was recommended to me by a friend and I am so glad I read it. For anyone looking for a book that they will not be able This mystery novel has been well written in its own unique style, the plot is very interesting and it gets straight to the point as I found myself completely hooked after reading the first few pages. The most interesting characters of this book are of course Helena and Jeremy. Kyle keeps you on the edge of your seat in this book and left me wanting to read more. The Pandarus File was recommended to me by a friend and I am so glad I read it. For anyone looking for a book that they will not be able to put down I would highly recommend The Pandarus File.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Good Coffee Better Book

    First of all let me say that this book was a pretty nice surprise. The author really keeps us interested in the story along the book. A crime committed in the past, a cold case that new investigators are trying to solve; but it is until a new clue of a woman appears, that they are able to dig a little deeper and what they find is an interesting criminal mind of a woman that had everything planned. This is my first book of this author, I finished this one in one night so you can see that the writin First of all let me say that this book was a pretty nice surprise. The author really keeps us interested in the story along the book. A crime committed in the past, a cold case that new investigators are trying to solve; but it is until a new clue of a woman appears, that they are able to dig a little deeper and what they find is an interesting criminal mind of a woman that had everything planned. This is my first book of this author, I finished this one in one night so you can see that the writing is really easy and the story is so full that there's never a dull moment , the characters are also quite interesting, specially the relationship between the husband and the wife, there's something there that doesn’t quite match and that's what keeps us on the edge to find more.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lenor

    First of all let me say that this book was a pretty nice surprise. The author really keeps us interested in the story along the book. A crime committed in the past, a cold case that new investigators are trying to solve; but it is until a new clue of a woman appears, that they are able to dig a little deeper and what they find is an interesting criminal mind of a woman that had everything planned. This is my first book of this author, I finished this one in one night so you can see that the writin First of all let me say that this book was a pretty nice surprise. The author really keeps us interested in the story along the book. A crime committed in the past, a cold case that new investigators are trying to solve; but it is until a new clue of a woman appears, that they are able to dig a little deeper and what they find is an interesting criminal mind of a woman that had everything planned. This is my first book of this author, I finished this one in one night so you can see that the writing is really easy and the story is so full that there´s never a dull moment, the characters are also quite interesting, specially the relationship between the husband and the wife, there´s somenthign there that eosn´t wuite match and that´s what keeps us on the edge to find more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Hemmaro

    One of those rare, and pleasurable reads that not many people know about. 5/5

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Bobsin

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    Rodrick Gortman

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Lyn Kashner

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Pierre Jaeschke

  24. 4 out of 5

    Charissa Homsher

  25. 4 out of 5

    Juliana Rimando

  26. 5 out of 5

    Grady

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lorrie Luehring

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jules Fear

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rickey Darrisaw

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marge Byas

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