Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly's age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case.
It was discovered after her death that the victim had been working as a high-class prostitute, and the police are content to assume she was killed by a client, common in such a dangerous line of work. Yet as Till digs deeper, he realizes that the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way - all had strawberry blonde hair, and all were shot with a 9mm handgun in the sanctity of their apartments.
Till must find his way around the tawdry and secretive online escort business, and decode ads placed by young women who all use false names, sometimes advertise using other women's pictures, and move from city to city every few months. Yet when Till is finally able to catch up with the killer, he finds that the man he's after is far more dangerous and volatile than he ever could have imagined. As the body count rises, Till must risk his life to find this seductive and ruthless killer whose murderous spree masks a far deadlier agenda.
©2013 Thomas Perry (P)2013 Tantor
This was my first listen of Thomas Perry and I thought it to be an "OK" book. If not for the other reviews though, I probably wouldn't read anything else from this author, due to the lack of imagination in the book. It reads like a police procedural, with boring characters.
Jack Till seems to solve the case too easily, with all the handy clues available (like finding the next prostitute victim from the same necklace) At any rate, I didn't get attached to any of these characters, and what I enjoy most about what I read is the character development. I'll try another from this author though, as he does have great reviews from other books
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
I have read Thomas Perry before, and have long thought of him as an average writer. Someone I do enjoy reading, but not someone I get overly excited about. I did, however, really enjoy this book. I'm sure that the subject matter went quite a way towards my enjoyment, but the writing was also quite good. I felt that the premise was unique and creative enough to really intrigue me, and that is a great start!
The characters were very well developed and I found myself caring for them and becoming interested in their outcome. The protagonist is the typical super cop/Boy Scout that a lot of authors default to, but I did enjoy his character as well.
The narrator was not my favorite, but he did not detract excessively from the book. I thought he got a little too cliche with some of his voicings, and a bit lazy at times, but I would listen to him again as I have heard much worse.
Overall a great read!
Till was so likeable
Yes it kept surprising the listener
Yes it kept you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what was going to happen next
This is one of the most suspenseful books I've ever listened to.
I loved the characters.
Robertson Dean's performance was SUPERB!
Perry has given us a well-paced story of a retired homicide detective from LA and the sociopathic assassin he chases. There is, for the most part, a logical development of the plot without too much reliance on magical happenstance.
That's the good news.
The bad news ? The characters are almost all paper dolls. The assigned homicide detectives are jaded and incompetent. The women, with the exception of his daughter, an extremely high functioning woman with Down's syndrome, are easily manipulated and not too bright. No one, not even our hero, has any depth.
The plot also has issues. For example, in the book, the investigation into the serial killer/assassin" is done by a single detective rather than the FBI. Finally, while the ending resolved the primary plot, the book felt unfinished.
The wasn't all bad but it did drag on a bit. I lost interest after a while
There wasn't a lot of difference or variety in the presentation
I would probably listen to this story again. It was a good story with some unexpected twists. It may seem boring to some people but it was relaxing for me and not too gritty .
The diamond necklace trail.
His voice is relaxing to me. No highs and lows but I will say that his woman's voice sounds funny.
Not yet. I'm still listening to this book but enjoying it. It flows pretty well.
Everyone reads for different reasons. I read for relaxation and enjoy a book that has good flow with a good story that's realistic. The narrator has a lot to do with my enjoyment or lack of with a book. I would reccomend this book.
This book want particularly bad, but it wasn't suspenseful. If. I love the book, I spend every available minute listening. I was in no rush to finish this one. Mediocre.
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I enjoyed this book, it pulled me in. I start listening to alot of books, in which I do not finish. I finished this one, although, I didnt like the ending. I would have liked to learn more about the killer. I would have liked to see more of the story through his eyes. I enjoyed the protagonist, and his point of view. As the story, drew to a close, and then ended, I felt unsatisfied. I wanted more of the story. It ended ubruptly, I thought. I would recommend this book, if you like this genre. Murder, mystery, thriller(maybe).
Well done detective novel. Would definitely be interested in more from this author. Flows well and you will want to hear the finish.
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