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Before He Kills

A MacKenzie White Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Elaine Wise
Series: A Mackenzie White Mystery, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
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In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn't take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose - and that his spree has just begun.

Detective Mackenzie White, young, tough, smarter than the aging, chauvinistic men on her local force, finds herself called in grudgingly to help solve it. As much as the other officers hate to admit it, they need her young, brilliant mind, which has already helped crack cold cases that had left them stumped. Yet even for Mackenzie this new case proves an impossible riddle, something the likes of which she - and the local force - have ever seen.

With the FBI called in, together, an intense manhunt ensues. Mackenzie, reeling from her own dark past, her failed relationships, and her undeniable attraction to the new FBI agent, finds herself battling her own demons as her hunt for the killer takes her to the darkest places of her mind. As she delves into the killer's mind, obsessing over his twisted psychology, she finds that evil truly does exist. She only hopes it will not be too late to extricate herself from it, as her entire life collapses around her.

As more bodies turn up dead and a frantic race against time ensues, there is no way out but to find him before he kills again.

©2016 Blake Pierce (P)2016 Blake Pierce

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This was not a thriller

I wanted to like this book and it was ok, just ok. I have 3 issues with this book. The first is the narrator...WHY IS SHE BRITISH! The story is set in America, the midwest no doubt. The british accent is annoying and distracting. The main character is boring and cookie cutter. I've read a couple other books by this author and it's the same character, different name. Even the same inappropriate narrator. The killer can be compared to Yo Sammity Sam from a Bugs Bunny cartoon. He is about as menacing as Yo Sammity cutting up carrots and celery in a huge pot to cook Bugs in. Clearly the author has a formula and doesn't think it's necessary to stray from it.

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Too much nonsense...

I read a lot of crime mysteries and thrillers. This is the 1st book I've read by Blake Pierce. I didn't finish it.

Here's my issues:

1st - For the audio book - why is a British narrator reading this? WHY? It's distracting at best, especially when American phrases are used.

2nd - A 25 year old detective? Nope.

3rd - The men of the force being jerks to her, when White is supposedly a prodigy? Why are they working at cross purposes? Even if the male police/detectives aren't used to working with a female, why sabotage the investigation with ego posturing?

4th - I'm not a police officer, but even I know that you don't call a victim's work place for 5 minutes and call it done. Stupidity. And, you don't leave without questioning all coworkers, asking for security footage, etc. Doesn't inspire confidence.

5th - Why dismiss lead investigators from a scene because there are reporters? 😤😤😤

This fictional Omaha police force isn't even comically bad. They're straight up incompetent. The book just made me angry.

Didn't finish at 40%. Read this to punish yourself.

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Narrator British?

Why was the narrator speaking in a British accent on a story set in Nebraska ?

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Excellent read

Gripping storyline, excellent narration, could not put it down. Purchased the series after the first 2 chapters.

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Excellent book

Before he kills again

It is a fast paced novel.
That keeps the reader/listener excited, and waiting for the end. But when it does end you know another book is available.

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Why Nebraska ??

Loved the book but not all British accents in Nebraska of all places... is there a British colony there that I was unaware of?

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book

I listened to this book over 2 days while I gardened and was so engrossed in the story, I forgot the time (until my husband came home at 7pm each night!). I have a back that needs surgery, so part of my garage is my potting area and for 2 days I was lost a story that was thrilling, read by a narrator that was brilliant, although I do have a Pommy accent now haha.
Highly recommended 🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇

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  • Chris
  • Independence, MO, United States
  • 05-26-18

A well-written thriller!

This book is a well-written thriller taking place in Nebraska corn country. And, it was hard to put down. The strange part is that it is narrated and voiced characters all have British accents. Nevertheless the concept possesses an excellently written murder mystery, one that will keep a reader guessing through the end. Enjoy!

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  • 05-21-18

Exciting story

Blake Pierce and Elaine Wise make a great team. The story is well written and well narrated. A detective deals with a serial killer who thinks he’s saving the world from sin. Detective White is trying to stop him while her colleagues in the force underestimate her for being a young, female agent. Jealousy or sexism? Either way, White proves them all wrong.

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A really bad choice...

I can’t imagine what possessed the producers to use a narrator with a British accent to narrate a mystery in Mid West America. It was very grating.

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  • janette gilfillan
  • 11-08-16

Before he kills

Good really enjoyed it fast moving and narrated very well loved it thank you so much

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-17

Nice

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