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Killer: A Jack Rhodes Mystery, Book 1 | [Stephen Carpenter]

Killer: A Jack Rhodes Mystery, Book 1

Jack is an author 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 and becoming best-selling crime novelist. Just as Jack is finishing his fourth book, the LAPD interrupts his 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 soon discovers that each of the murders he imagined are 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 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.

©2010 Stephen Carpenter (P)2013 Stephen Carpenter

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    Kelly Colorado Springs 03-05-14
    Kelly Colorado Springs 03-05-14 Member Since 2011

    I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!

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    "a gritty mystery from the man famous for Grimm!"
    Where does Killer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you are a fan of mysteries this book can't be missed. It is dark and twisted with a completely imperfect hero. You will like this man, and sometimes you will dislike him too. He is tortured by his past, and wallows in his grief and anger instead of dealing with it. And the antagonist is evil, but you find yourself having empathy for him. I love that both characters are people you can see as authentic, and neither are completely good or bad.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Although we basically knew who the murderer was very early in the story Mr Carpenter found a way to keep the suspense high and he didn't rush the climax or the wrap up of the story after the climax. Sometimes these parts of the story are rushed and leave me feeling sad that there wasn't more. But that didn't occur in this book.

    The book is dark and twisted. The characters are intriguing and I am anxious to see the second installment released on audible.


    What about Noah Michael Levine’s performance did you like?

    His use of distinct voices is top-notch. The story moved from one character's voice to another's quickly at times and Mr Levine made the transition easy with his voices. I hope he is currently recording book number 2.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Specht Wichita, Ks United States 08-24-14
    Steve Specht Wichita, Ks United States 08-24-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Scary"
    What did you love best about Killer?

    All the twist and turns. Just when you have it all figure out it goes another way.


    What other book might you compare Killer to and why?

    It reminds me of Stephen Kings books but this was a lot scarier from the very beginning.


    What does Noah Michael Levine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice kept me thinking he was the main character talking to me telling me what happen to him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This may sound strange to you but it was the first paragraph that moved me right away.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John YORKVILLE, IL, United States 06-04-14
    John YORKVILLE, IL, United States 06-04-14
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    "Nothing new here and a bit confusing"
    Would you try another book from Stephen Carpenter and/or Noah Michael Levine?

    Yes, the plot was interesting, but the way he moved back and forth through the character's histories was distracting. I would have preferred and more logical and easily followed narration. In the end it was all clear even though a bit simplistic. I won't spoil it, but no way would the FBI or any other agency be so easily fooled at the end.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was disappointed and I saw it coming.


    What does Noah Michael Levine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He made the main character live in his tone of voice and tempo.


    Could you see Killer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. The flaws in this book could be remediated in a movie. Bruce Willis, Micky Rourke,


    Any additional comments?

    It was OK and I am glad I read it, but I wanted more from the ending. In fact I wanted more from the book. Even the love interest and the tying up of lose ends was too little to late. He could have given us a hint to the girlfriend's trauma and made it more meaningful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret P. Johnson Palm City, FL United States 05-31-14
    Margaret P. Johnson Palm City, FL United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Sick Book"
    Would you try another book from Stephen Carpenter and/or Noah Michael Levine?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Humour


    What didn’t you like about Noah Michael Levine’s performance?

    Subject. Horrible crimes. Disgusting. Author must have a depraved mind


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alma union city, NJ, United States 05-17-14
    Alma union city, NJ, United States 05-17-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Best in my library!!!"
    What did you love best about Killer?

    from start to finish this book was amazing!


    What did you like best about this story?

    the plot.


    Which character – as performed by Noah Michael Levine – was your favorite?

    the main character


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    it was the book I've been waiting for


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to hear more from this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States 03-09-14
    Donald New Smyrna Beach, FL, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Killer- A book of many twists"
    What would have made Killer better?

    I think the transition from the past to the present could have been smoother. Too many characters to keep in your mind and difficult to follow for me. The story has some very unexpected twists, but you must concentrate on where in time you are.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A grey man series


    What three words best describe Noah Michael Levine’s performance?

    Noah tries very hard to create the different voices of the many characters. A very difficult job and I think he does the best possible.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I think in one word disappointment. The book was too hard for me to follow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Owen USA 05-09-14
    Deborah Owen USA 05-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "If you like filth, you'll love this book"
    What would have made Killer better?

    Good writing doesn't require every filthy word in the vocabulary, and that's what ruined an otherwise awesome plot.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    For as long as I listened to it, yes, but I couldn't tolerate the language.


    Have you listened to any of Noah Michael Levine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, and I won't, since they will probably follow the same guidelines.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It made me angry that an author couldn't write a book at least on the margin of decency.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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