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Professor Theo Cray caught one of the most prolific serial killers in history using revolutionary scientific methods. Cut off from university research because of the shroud of suspicion around him after the death of his former student and the aftermath of catching his quarry, Cray tries to rebuild his life but finds himself drawn into another unsolved case.

The desperate father of a missing child, ignored by the authorities and abandoned by his community, turns to Theo for help. The only clues are children's drawings and an inner-city urban legend about someone called the Toy Man.

To unravel the mystery behind the Toy Man, Theo must set aside his scientific preconceptions and embrace a world where dreams and nightmares carry just as much weight as reality. As he becomes immersed in the case, he discovers a far-reaching conspiracy - one that hasn't yet claimed its last victim.

©2018 Andrew Mayne (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Excellent follow up to The Naturalist...

This author can write one heck of a good suspense/thriller. It's under the heading of techno and I can only guess because the protagonist has a doctorate in biology.
This is book #2 on the Theo Cray series. It is fantastic. The first book hooked me and I had hoped that this series did not begin with a one hit wonder. It didn't.
This book begins with an albino child being taken from his village.
Jump ahead and Theo is plagued with callers who want him to find their missing loved ones. He gained notoriety in the previous book for locating murder victims missing for many years. Now a man approaches Theo and asks him to locate his son's murderer from 10 years ago.
Whet Theo finds after agreeing is horrifying. He locates the house in South Central LA that has bones of children rising to the surface of a yard 17 bodies are found.
Using a computer is program he wrote he's able to find a pattern in a killer that children have called the Toy Man.
This book is written at a fast pace. I've been waiting with bated breath since The Naturalist came out. I was not disappointed, the book is fantastic. I can not wait for the next.
Will Damron does an outstanding job narrating. His portrayal of women is great!
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 03-15-18

Immensely entertaining suspense mystery, but...

...do not take the science seriously; it is mostly a product of the author's imagination. Looking Glass in Book 2 on author Andrew Mayne's The Naturalist/Professor Theo Cray series. This novel is about the hunt for a prolific serial killer known as Toy Man. The novel is far less plausible than, but just as entertaining as, The Naturalist, Book 1 in the series. Unlike Mayne's Jessica Blackwood FBI series, The Naturalist series does not include supernatural characters like warlocks, witches, ghosts, zombies, etc. Will Damron's narration of this book is outstanding.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 03-18-18

Andrew Mayne Scares The Heck Out Of Me

The second book in The Naturalist series - Looking Glass takes Theo Cray on a wild goose chase to find someone who has been abducting children, doing heinous things to them and making them disappear forever.

I don't usually get creeped out when I'm reading a book - but Andrew Mayne was able to do that to me about three times while reading Looking Glass.  The descriptions of certain scenes (I won't spoil anything but I will say the first time he finds the yard) were just so vivid and creepy that they will stick with me.  I'm getting the heebie-jeebies now just thinking about it again.

Cray is definitely one of the most interesting people featured in a series.  He has this attitude and an overwhelming want to do the right thing that he can be blinded by it.  But doing these things makes me as the reader feel like he's done justice.  I just love that, and I love that he is punished and reprimanded for it because we're so used to people letting the "good guys" aka the cops and detectives do the right thing that when a normal citizen jumps into the fray and starts doing it - they want heads to roll (especially his).

I wasn't sure how Mayne was going to write another book in this series. It felt like it should have been a one-off, but now I'm super glad that he wrote another one (and I hope that he continues with the series). Cray is an amazing lead and the topics that Mayne has covered (both serial killers but totally different reasons) were both fascinating to dig into. I want to know how Cray reacts to other topics/killers.

I will warn those - Looking Glass features some very adult themes and could trigger readers who don't like to hear about rape or pedophilia - I thought that Mayne does a good job avoiding these scenes in detail but you can't avoid the fact that is what is going on behind the scenes.

A "detective thriller" with a scientist/vigilante at the helm - The Naturalist series, including Looking Glass was one of the best books I've read in a while.  I loved it.

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Very Disappointed

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The prologue was excellent, but the rest of the book was extremely boring.

What could Andrew Mayne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I liked the prologue, and bought the book because of this story. However the rest of the book was a chore to read.

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Andrew Mayne delivers again.

Andrew Mayne is one of my favorite authors and he never fails to entertain. A great thriller worth checking out.

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Love this series

The main character is smart and quirky. Kept me on the edge my carseat. Also great narrator.

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totally fascinating!

I could not stop reading!
Great series!
Love Theo Cray!
#3 supposed to be in the works!

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Wow

it was amazing...and cptivating...Once the story began , I couldn't put it down..snding it o friends

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Intelligent, well written and intriguing! I loved

Intelligent, well written and intriguing! I loved the author's psychological explanations regarding what makes us all behave the way we do. Excellent Series

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Fantastic! Highly recommend both books.

One best series I have ever listen to or read . I am really looking forward to the release of the next book in this series.