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
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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 .
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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.
I was very impressed. I expected alot of sex junk, but this book focused on detection and I liked that.
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There is a man who grew up having committed his first murder at 15. He continues to murder because it's easy, enjoyable and pays well. I believe he could defined a sociopath of the worst kind.
John goes on like this for years. The police do not investigate thoroughly because they do not see any connection or pattern to the murders. However, there are two parents who want to know who killed their daughter. They realize only after their daughter is killed that she had been lying to them about her job since she graduated from college. She's not ashamed but knows that others will not think highly of her profession. She's an independent call girl, drives a Mercedes, wears expensive clothing and is extremely good looking.
John Till, a retired detective is now a Private Investigator. He has a partner, who has to step in from time to time and bring John back to the resting state. They will meet and review their evidence and plan the next step. John Till is hired and begins a long and arduous job to find a murderer.
The characters are not difficult to define. Their personalities are provided as the story develops. The mystery is a good one. I read it in a couple of days. The narrator made listening a good experience. I was able to envision the crimes as well as the challenges that the PI's were facing in order to capture a man who possessed no value on life.
I had really mixed fillings. The action is really well written and kept me listening, but there were flaws that at best made me feel that this might have worked better as a comic book. It was hard to believe the young villain could be so functional yet pathologically detached, for one thing. Sure he was angry about the circumstances leading to his first murder, but would a young teen be able to hit the road running like that? Also the efforts at omniscient narration describing the detective's thoughts -- would a sex ad really remind him, a man with no stated art experience, of a pre-raphaelite painting?. The dialogue among the detectives was wooden as the author used that dialogue to provide background about plot pointsthe cops wouldn't have needed to talk about among themselves. Nevertheless, some elements were really creative. The "chick book" style intro was a great tease.
I am still finding what I like in Perry's books--I tend to not like the Butcher's Boy series, unlike most listeners, in favor of a more human and personable murderer. It does bother me a bit that all females appear to be characterized as brainless and trivial to the plots. However, this is a good story, but the Till protagonist is so poorly narrated that it almost ruins it for me. He is made to sound like he has perpetual laryngitis, or like Batman trying to disguise his voice. He also makes the female characterizations whiny and over the top. But, it has encouraged me; and, although not at delightful as the Ripley books, Perry's murderers are oddly interesting.
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