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Publisher's Summary

In 1999 in Australia, Sergeant Rick McCoy investigates the murder of a woman found packed inside a suitcase. 

The killer abducts another victim and threatens to dismember her slowly. His life is further complicated by a marriage in tatters. Frustrated at every turn, he is paired with glamorous criminal psychologist and profiler Patricia Holmes. 

While trying to rebuild his marriage, he finds himself in a desperate race against time to free the victim and fight his desire for his new partner.

©2018 Stephen B King (P)2019 Stephen B King

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Death is just around the bend

Narration was wonderful. Story was top notch. I really enjoyed this book. It is a book about a serial killer so it may be too graphic for some if they can't handle blood and chopped up bodies parts.

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Meh....

Ugggg . . . thought this was THE Stephen King, one of my favorite authors . . . but no, it is not. I'm actually writing this review before finishing the book because I couldn't continue listening. It's not well written, and it's not well read. it's just . . . meh.

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The mind of a killer

This is a seriously creepy book. Just saying.

Sergeant Rick McCoy has a problem. He’s in charge of finding the killer of the woman found dismembered. The suitcase murder, they’ve labelled it. On top of that headache, his marriage is going through a rocky period and he’s drinking and smoking way too much. Now another woman has gone missing and it looks like he has a serial killer at work. Not much to ask for, eh?

This book works on so many levels. I loved getting into the nitty gritty of Rick’s life. His infidelity. His problems on the job. His desire to solve a murder before the next woman dies. I liked the thriller aspect – the running out of time. What I really loved was the memoir aspect of the book. The chapters alternate between Rick and the serial killer. That’s right, the memoir of the killer. And it was fascinating to get into his psyche. To see his perspective on his trajectory that took him from neglected little boy to abused young man to vindictive murderer. These glimpses are what made the book so unique.

Geoffrey Boyes is a wonderful Australian narrator. I’ve listened to him before and he never disappoints. He was perfect for this book. I can recommend this book and I can’t wait to read the rest in the series.

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Mediocre at Best, Offensive at Worst

A serial killer story so basic and trite it could almost be satisfying in a made-for-tv-movie way, if not for the formulaic characters and the blatant homophobia.

The narrator does a fantastic job of bringing this traditional-family-values propaganda piece to life. The antagonist, a lifelong abuse victim turned serial killer who spent years getting “homosexually raped” is in stark contrast to the family man protagonist, working hard to put his marriage back together after a one-off affair. I did enjoy this aspect of the story and I was rooting for the couple, despite the wife’s inexplicable neuroticism and frigidity, which are described off-hand as though normal for women.

King spends little time describing the murders the story revolves around, or the experiences of the victims. Instead, he devotes his most lurid prose to the topic of homosexual pedophiles, dirty old men and limpwristed faggots, making it clear how disgusted the characters are by these creatures. Certainly pedophiles deserve our disgust, but King makes it clear that while this story is set in the 90s, the views on “the queers” remain firmly in the 1950s.

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uninspired and sexist

The book was a little uninspired, and the dialogue was often sexist. It was Meh.

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Ying and Yang

Story was well written and thought out. However the narration was terrible. In this case they should’ve had two different narrators.

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I liked it

The good: decent thriller. I liked how part of it is told from the killer’s point of view.
The bad: The psychiatrist was too spot on. She got way too much right. So much so that it wasn’t plausible
Overall though I enjoyed it. I don’t think it was top notch but not too bad. Entertaining and it kept my interest.

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AWESOME book

Could not stop listening, LOVED IT! CAN'T WAIT TO GET THE NEXT IN THE SERIES!!!

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Psychological Thriller

Overall, I found this a very satisfying “listen”. Aside from the Y2K paranoia of Rick’s wife, which I found superfluous to the story, King did a spot on dissection of the psyche of a serial killer using both the perspective of the killer as well as the detective and the criminal psychologist trying to catch him. The solution to the crimes may have been a bit too easily achieved, but this is the first book in a trilogy so there are plenty of additional mind games ahead. This is not typically a genre I read/listen to, but I’m more than willing to put in the time to read/listen to the other books.

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spectacular

Stephen went on one of his best journeys and Geoferry brought us there with him in a mystical way

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  • Kerry Bark
  • 11-07-19

Really enjoyed!

I hadn't heard of this author before, the book came up in my recommendations so I thought I would give it a try and I have really enjoyed it, loved the character builds, and the tension throughout the story. I really liked that we got an in depth character build of the villain and a brilliant back story. I can't wait to listen to all of this authors other work now!

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  • Mac
  • 07-24-20

Brilliant

This was an awesome book. Great storyline and amazing characters highly recommend.
Great narration too.
❤️😂😍

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  • Helen
  • 04-25-20

Amazing book

Brilliant storyline enjoyed this audio book very much
Love every minute for the storyline
Must buy