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A book by Jack Kerley.

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"He took a hundred pounds of clay, and then, ...he created a woman." Gene McDaniel, lyrics

  • Jul 3, 2010

Young, Mobile Alabama Police Detective Carson Ryder is that rare man who searches in the dark places to find the answers he needs. 

Ryder and his partner, Harry Nautilus are summoned to the scene when a headless body is discovered in a park in southwest Mobile.

Both Ryder and Nautilus are part of a newly formed Psycopathological Sociopathological Investigative Team which goes by the acronym, PSIT and referred to by the cops in a more vulgar manner.

Captain Terrence Squill is an ambitious autocrat. When he views the body in the park, he dismisses it as a homosexual meeting that ended in murder. This was a crime that didn't interest him.

A second decapitated body if found and where Squill was highly skeptical about the unit, he is ordered to incorporate it in his investigative team.  Resenting their presence and the fact that he was ordered to do something, he does as little as possible to assist them.

There is an interesting subplot as Ryder goes out of his way to help another character suffering from the effects of alcoholism. The author does an excellent job in describing the horrors of that disease.

Another subplot concerns childhood events that led to Ryder's brother, Jeremy, being incarcerated in a mental health facility. Jeremy takes an interest in Ryder's case and seems to have the ability to give Ryder insights into the killer's reasoning and possible identity. This is reminiscent of Thomas Harris' Hanibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs."

The narrative plot is packed with unpredictable action and the characters are different enough to be both interesting and appealing. Carson is compassionate and an engaging lead character.

The story is an excellent reading experience.

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July 16, 2010
Sounds like a thrilling ride for us mystery lovers. You might enjoy chiming in on the discussion thread started by @Sheri_in_Reho which deals with mysteries and thrillers.
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Think of Charles Manson and his gang with their murders. This group's actions have influenced the author.
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The author states on his web site that when he was in high school, Charles Manson and his gang were  on their rampage and this effected his writing.
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Author: Jack Kerley
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Date Published: 06-03-04,
Format: Hard Cover
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