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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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    Steve Specht Wichita, Ks United States 08-24-14
    Steve Specht Wichita, Ks United States 08-24-14 Member Since 2008
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer FRESNO, CA, United States 11-04-14
    Amazon Customer FRESNO, CA, United States 11-04-14 Member Since 2014

    I am a professional photographer, a motorcyclist, and an avid reader and listener. I enjoy history, business books and

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    "A good book that was fun to listen to ."

    I saw this book on a Audible special, the story sounded unique and kind of an "oh wow" kind of idea so I bought it. My wife and I listened to it on a recent road trip. It was a fun listen. Noah Michael Levine was a good narrator and read the book with enough spirit to keep the story moving along as it was written. It did slow down toward the end, but over all it was good and has me looking for other books by Stephen Carpenter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alma 05-17-14
    Alma 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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 01-13-15
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 01-13-15 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Do Not Miss Listening to This Who Done It?"

    Jack Rhodes found his fiance dead from suicide in his back yard. Jack doesn't know why and goes on a 15 month alcoholic binge before he is able to realize the futility of what his life has become. Jack has always wanted to be a writer. He moves to Pasadena, Ca., gets a job as a dishwasher and starts to write his first novel. OMG he thinks, while taking stock of what has happened, the first book is a success.

    Jack leaves again, moving to Featherton, Vermont. He lives alone but isn't lonely. He continues to write and has come to the final book in the series. Jack will tell his readers who the serial killer is. However, a body has been discovered buried in a shallow grave and her name is, Grace Beverly, the same character who died in a book he has already written. Who is the, Killer, the name of his final book in the series?

    The book, Killer, wasn't a long book and wasn't filled with pages of unnecessary information. The mystery moved along and I found that I didn't have to move back and forth because the mystery continued smoothly and followed the plot without interruption. The narrator, Noah Michael Levine did an excellent job with the character's voices and emotions. A good narrator makes for a better listen. There's romance included but doesn't overtake the mystery. I don't think you'll make a mistake if you purchase this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda L. Gilland 01-03-15 Listener Since 2007
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    "Hope there is a sequel"

    I love the main character! The audible book was excellent! Hope Stephen Carpenter can get these two love birds in some more mischief!

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    Kayleen Shirley 01-03-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book"

    Really enjoyed this book, can't wait for more in the series. Great narration also. Will look for other books by this narrator in the future

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Chatsworth CA 12-06-14
    Shelley Chatsworth CA 12-06-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Good Book One"

    Very well done for the murder/thriller genre with a good flawed anti-hero. His backstory is nicely complex and realistically portrayed. I really liked that our hero is a writer and not a superhero or a McGiver.

    I'm not sure how I feel about the first-person narrative which I found it a bit disconcerting. There seemed to be no real reason for it---no memoirs nor anyone telling the story to another. But other than that, the writing was top-notched and Mr. Levine's narration was excellent with lots of emotional qualities, including a really well-done drunk/drugged scene.

    Lots of good supporting characters including the usual police detective who thinks our hero is guilty.

    SPOILER ALERT:
    Very imaginative plot with excellent twists and turns that kept me guessing almost to the end, except there's a technique often used in films where the story continues even after the main plot is seemingly wrapped up. That's a dead giveaway that someone won't stay down. It's used here, but made the ending much more satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Lembo 11-26-14
    Greg Lembo 11-26-14

    'nuff said

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    "Great story....great narration."
    If you could sum up Killer in three words, what would they be?

    I liked it


    Any additional comments?

    Really liked it....lots of twists and turns...if you liked "Silence of the Lambs" even just a little bit you will enjoy this read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allan M Adair 11-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Dont make any plans for the rest of the day"
    If you could sum up Killer in three words, what would they be?

    Binge listening spree.


    What other book might you compare Killer to and why?

    So far this is the best fictional audiobook I have experienced through Audible.com. I can't really compare it to other books that I have listened to.


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

    Noah Michael Levine was excellent. He was especially good at the voice of the two main male characters, both of which were very egotistical.

    I did cringe a few times when he simultaneously voiced the male and female parts of conversations, but it did not take away from the experience enough for me to dock a star on the rating.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn't stop listening. It was gripping from beginning to end. I'm looking forward to more content from this author.

    I felt for the characters. And yes, there were moments when I laughed and moments when I could have easily cried.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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