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As Boston's most lethal serial killer jeopardizes the city's anniversary celebration, CSI Detective Stanford Carter desperately fights for forensic clues to nail the perp. But the "Plunger", after stabbing his victims through the heart, leaves only tarot cards as evidence. The mayor, demanding an arrest, is also keeping a secret. 

Soon, something even more dangerous threatens the city. Carter must find out what it is before it steals his sanity and the life of the woman he loves.

©2005 Gary Starta (P)2018 Gary Starta

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Murder by association

This was a good book.It was full of odd surprises and unbelievable saves.Ken Parelman was a very good narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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Hell of a ride in this prequel

Even though there are a massive number of moving parts, the story and narrator stay grounded and provide an interesting ride through this early Stanford Carter adventure. Strap in for intrigue, murder, mystery and more.

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A lot going on

Story really seemed unfocused to me, and really messy at the start. It all wrapped up nicely but the entire thing was super cheesy.

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Chilling thriller!

Starta has done it again with this great story. He fills his plots with clues that will keep the reader guessing. I like how it has many layers, not just to the mystery, but the characters as well. Carter and Seacrest are in the middle of a case involving politics and serial murders. It's an interesting prequel in the Stanford Carter series, and it tells a good story about the beginnings of Carter and Seacrest.

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  • Scott Barnes
  • 09-01-21

Unnecessary Prequel

I really enjoyed the first book of this series but I really couldn’t get into this one. I felt like a prequel was unnecessary and it didn’t hit the same marks from the first book. It didn’t give any more needed insight into characters, it didn’t answer questions, it was just a case set before the first book. I didn’t find it as engaging and I struggled to enjoy it on the same level.

The narration from Ken was good but overall it’s a rare miss for me from Gary. It’s certainly not bad, it’s just not as satisfying.

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  • Tracy Tucker
  • 07-16-21

Enjoyed it.

I enjoyed the story. Narration wasn't a good as the last book but it was fine.

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  • KarenThornton
  • 04-30-21

Short story which gets you guessing

Carter is a good detective and a believable character. I enjoyed the plot but the narration was not really my style.

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  • Michelle Nieuwoudt
  • 04-06-21

Undecided

I am a bit undecided about this book. Some or it felt far fetched...and multiple times i wondered what next; can there really be a next. What i did enjoy was that this was truely new and fresh; like no other murder book i have read before.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 12-07-20

Will keep you guessing

I enjoyed listening to Ken Parelman, he was perfect for this book.

This is book we find Stanford Carter is back trying to find out who is 'The Plunger' who is terrorizing Boston. The Plunger is a serial killer who's cryptic and gruesome clues will keep you guessing. I was kept on my toes from the start.

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  • Deedra
  • 10-06-20

murder by association

This was a good book.It was full of odd surprises and unbelievable saves.Ken Parelman was a very good narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'