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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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  • Sara
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  • 06-07-18

Just Too Much

I really hate the direction Mayne has taken book 2 in the series. Horrible violence that centers on murdered children and science that just doesn't add up or make sense in terms of reality. I regret that I listened to any of this book.

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should have left it at The Naturalist

I enjoyed the Naturalist, even though some of the research and methods used were a little far-fetched in my view; but, Looking Glass was using the even more hard to believe DNA evidence methods and I got a little lost in the details. I will admit I didn't listen to the entire book, just couldn't do it.

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Gripping!

couldn't get enough. listened to it when I wasn't reading it! took all my freetime.

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like reading criminal minds

loved it, but I really wished the author would not use the Fbomb so much.

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Yes! Goodness!

Great story once again! I love this series. I can't wait for the next one.

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good story

the story was engaging and overall very well written. overall I had to give it a 3 because it went too political.

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Really Interesting Story

After "The Naturalist", I was expecting more nature in the plot. The story was not at all what I was expecting, but it held my interest and I was very satisfied with the science element. I am definitely hooked! I look forward to the next.

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Outstanding Sequel to The Naturalist

I really liked the first book I read by Andrew Mayne: The Naturalist. I have eagerly awaited this follow-up and pre-ordered it as soon as possible.

I found this sequel to be beyond my expectations.

Once again on the trail of a serial killer, known to the poor young children on the playgrounds as 'The Toy Man', but which parents, police and even therapists dismiss as either a dream, nightmare, a movie villain, urban legend or imaginative, Professor Theo Cray takes us on a interesting hunt and journey through many states. We learn about Coroners labs, biological labs, government alphabet agencies, and more, all while trying to stop more of these children from becoming a victim.

The spookiness is here in good measure. I found myself sitting upright in my bed, covers clutched in my hand under my throat, earbuds in, not daring to move, barely daring to breathe, at more than one place in the book, for fear of what, I'm not sure. Surely the elusive, non existent, and impossible to find Toy Man was not here, in Maine? Or was he?

Needless to say, I really liked this book, if possible, more than I did the first one. I am not someone who scares easily, and I can't ever remember being scared as I described above in my entire life by a book.

Andrew Mayne is a very unique and wonderful author.

As far as the narrator goes, for the first few chapters, I wasn't sure I was going to like his voice. However I paused the audio book, thought about it, and told myself that he is someone I've never heard before, it wasn't that he was bad, just unfamiliar, and to give him a chance.

I am glad I did because soon enough he became a part of the background, seamless and oh so very good for this story.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery, who likes to learn, to think outside the box, heck, you can just throw the box away because you will not even need it with Theo Cray, anyone who likes a rebel, and who likes to cheer for the good guy.

Write faster Mr. Mayne, please. We need more books about Theo Cray, his unusual and interesting methods are like a deep clean breath of fresh air.