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Entertaining Psychological Thriller

  • Apr 4, 2011
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The serial killer genre seems to have been saturated to the point of overflowing with all imaginable twists and turns of the plot, but fortunately "Killer" is a proof that there are still possibilities for imaginative plot development out there. This book is a surprisingly well-crafted thriller. It has an interesting new take on the genre, which makes it almost self-reflective. The characters are well crafted and believable, and the writing is of pretty high quality. In fact, it is much better than many similar thrillers. I was glued to this book and couldn't put it down. A few plot devices seem a bit far-fetched, but if you are willing to suspend belief enough they too seem to fit within the story quite nicely. If you are looking for an interesting and entertaining mystery-thriller type of book, then "Killer" will certainly deliver on its premises.

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For fans of Robert Parker's smart but tough-as-nails heroes, screenwriter Stephen Carpenter introduces a new character to the mystery genre, Jack Rhodes. Jack is an author and former boxer who was on his way to literary success when his life was blown apart by the horrific suicide of his fiancee.

Devastated, Jack went on a fifteen-month alcoholic spiral into near-oblivion before eventually working past his demons to become a best-selling crime novelist. But just as Jack is finishing his fourth book about a vicious serial killer, the LAPD interrupts his quiet routine with news of what appears to be a copycat murder from his first book. There's just one problem--the murder took place before Jack's book was published.

Jack begins to investigate, using techniques he learned through his meticulous research with police and FBI investigators. To his horror, Jack discovers that each of the murders he has imagined are all real...down to the most harrowing details. And Jack is Suspect Number One.

Jack winds up on the run, a fugitive haunted by his past and hunted by the very cops and FBI agents he has learned from and befriended. Jack must use every resource he has to prevent the murder of a woman he knows will be next in his series of novels. He must piece together shattered memories from the fragments he recalls during his drunken fifteen-month blackout.

Fast-paced and utterly unpredictable, KILLER reads like a rapid-fire crime thriller, with hairpin twists and turns ...
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Author: Stephen Carpenter
Genre: Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

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