I read lots of serial killer novels, but few have hooked me the way The Killing Hour did, from the very first page. Mac McCormack, special agent of Georgia’s Bureau of Investigations, literally runs into FBI trainee Kimberly Quincy. Mac is on the trail of a cold case serial killer, whom he believes responsible for the murder that Kimberly discovered while out on her fitness workout. The FBI is less than thrilled about a body dumped on their Virginia campus, about Mac’s presence, and about having one of their students suddenly involved. The plot thickens as Kimberly’s father, the nationally renowned criminologist Pierce Quincy, is hired along with his partner to help solve the heinous crime.
It takes no time at all for Lisa Gardner to amp up the action. She certainly knows how to build and sustain suspense, and her descriptions, whether of memorable murder scenarios (think vipers), search and rescue operations, or the rigors of unrelenting, vicious summer heat are riveting. Her characters are winning and real (including the villains), the romantic interludes few but genuine, and her pacing nonstop. This is one thriller that lives up to its billing, an exciting, un-put-downable nail biter that will linger long after the covers are closed.
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