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
All the twist and turns. Just when you have it all figure out it goes another way.
It reminds me of Stephen Kings books but this was a lot scarier from the very beginning.
His voice kept me thinking he was the main character talking to me telling me what happen to him.
This may sound strange to you but it was the first paragraph that moved me right away.
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.
I was disappointed and I saw it coming.
He made the main character live in his tone of voice and tempo.
Yes. The flaws in this book could be remediated in a movie. Bruce Willis, Micky Rourke,
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Someone else wrote a review saying something like it was a breath of fresh air. It was a delightful tale and I cannot wait for the next one. This one was a killer!!
Poorest narration I have ever listened to. It started out not horrible but before halfway through it became strictly monotone with no inflection. I will not even be finishing it.
Subject. Horrible crimes. Disgusting. Author must have a depraved mind
from start to finish this book was amazing!
the main character
it was the book I've been waiting for
Can't wait to hear more from this author
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.
A grey man series
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.
I think in one word disappointment. The book was too hard for me to follow.
Good writing doesn't require every filthy word in the vocabulary, and that's what ruined an otherwise awesome plot.
For as long as I listened to it, yes, but I couldn't tolerate the language.
No, and I won't, since they will probably follow the same guidelines.
It made me angry that an author couldn't write a book at least on the margin of decency.
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