Readings

Book Launch, Reading
& Booksigning

7:30pm, May 3, 2011
Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside, Portland, OR

Readings & Booksignings

3pm, Wednesday May 2, 2012
Blog tour

Oct 13, 2011
PNBA trade show
Holiday Inn, Portland, OR

Oct 10, 2011
WNBA panel
ParkPlace Books
348 Parkplace Center, Kirkland, WA

7pm, May 12, 2011
Mitchell Wines
1221 SE 3rd, Portland, OR

7pm, May 10, 2011
Broadway Books
1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR

7:30pm, May 7, 2011
Woodstock Wine & Deli
4030 SE Woodstock, Portland, OR

Bookgroups

By arrangement, Kevin will appear at local book group meetings. Skype participation is also possible. Contact him directly at kevin@kevindesinger.com

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Reviews

This page-turner is filled with suspense, surprises, and actions that will leave you gasping in disbelief ... a fascinating, compulsive read!

When Jim Sandusky looks out his bedroom one night and spots two men trying to break into his car, he makes the dangerous decision to sneak outside and get their license plate number. When he finds himself compelled to take off in their getaway truck, he sets into motion a series of events that test his character, his marriage, and his relationships with everyone important. The dark side is but a whisper away.

The plot of The Descent of Man (Unbridled Books, 978-1-609530-43-3) is as compelling as a whodunit mystery and will satisfy those readers attracted to smart, adrenaline-inducing plot, but the real heart of the book lies in the backstory about Jim and his wife and the trials they go through to answer the question: what is enough for a marriage? Only when their quiet existence is threatened do they each realize their value to each other.

Kevin Desinger’s seemingly effortless ability to juggle the past and the present serves the book well, and his subtle treatment of brutality is masterful. Desinger brings his readers to desperation and back, and we willingly follow; whether he’s describing violence, wine, or love, his hand is steady and beckoning.

...man will always have basic primal instincts; primitive urges that force us to do or say things that don't always make sense in our polite society. So what do we do when those instincts awaken? ... As you read this book you will find yourself repeatedly asking, "What would I do?" The story is thought-provoking and real. It was well-written and tied up all the loose ends. Although you may not agree with everything Jim and his wife do, you will definitely understand the reasoning behind it. You will keep turning the pages, wanting to know what happens next and it you won't be able to put it down. For a debut novel, this was a wonderful read.

Additional Reviews

Blogcritics
Oregon Live
Portland Monthly
Rundpinne
New West