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"It was one thing to fantasize about evil, to reach into the darkness and play with it a little...."

Rookie cop Carrie Santero has always been fascinated by serial killers. As a teenager, she wrote a letter to Charles Manson in prison - and received a chilling reply. Then she came face to face with a child murderer in her small Pennsylvania town, an encounter that haunts her to this day.

Now, as a detective in training, she finally has her chance to make a difference; to hunt down a psychopathic sadist who embodies the very nature of evil itself.

"...but it was something different when it knew your name."

The killer draws inspiration from the most twisted minds in modern crime. Ted Bundy. John Wayne Gacy. Ed Gein. The Green River Killer. As the body count rises, Carrie and her boss, Chief Bill Waylon, realize they're dealing with an unpredictable "omnikiller" who cannot be profiled. Their only hope is to enlist the help of Jacob Rein, a brilliant but tarnished former detective who has plumbed the darkest recesses of the soul. Who has seen the heart of darkness. And whose insights on evil could lead Carrie to the point of no return.

©2018 Bernard Schaffer (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Loved it, need a sequel

I purchased this book 2 days ago. Let me just say, I am no longer an avid reader but think The Thief of All Light book has just made me rethink TV vs reading . I am a huge baby when it comes to the dark so I started reading the book as soon as we got home and had to put it down at bedtime. I was so into the book I got up at 5:30 to walk 2 miles with the dogs and purchased the audio version so I could listen to the rest of it without delay. It is definitely full of suspense, horror, and reality. Of course my favorite character was Sgt. Kenderdine since I live with him but in reality your heart attaches to each and every character in this book and I can't see where the Nextbook take Carrie and the other officers.
it was a quick reading book because you get sucked in from the first chapter to the last. I hope the next book is released relatively fast. definitely could see this being a mini series!! I highly suggest you check out this book bye Bernard Schaffer.

Paula Burns

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I stuck with this until the end. It's
pretty good. If you wish to skip the boggy parts where the boy fallen from grace,and the lady cop
get to know one another - during the insane pace of the search for a crazed but cunning killer, feel free. excellent narrator. Good book.

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WOW!

This was an exceptional book. Great storyline and action throughout. Characters are realistic and I loved the funny sarcasm between Santero and Rein.
Narration was also excellent. I hope this author comes out with #2 in the series quickly. After listening to it, I looked up the author and wasn't surprised to see he was indeed a police officer. I recommend this book to anyone who loves police procedurals and great amounts of suspense. JC

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