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From Publishers Weekly

Former FBI agent and computer hacker Jay Fletcher, known as the vigilante Ladykiller in Holt's previous novel, Watch Me, returns in this slick, grisly page-turner to play cat-and-mouse with an escaped serial killer she helped incarcerate. Jay is trying to master glassblowing and become comfortable with a new identity as a member of the Witness Security Program when she is contacted electronically by brilliant and vicious Billy Bones, a young murderer in the mold of Jeffrey Dahmer. (In Holt's first novel, Jay happened upon the Internet meeting-place of serial killers and rid the world of four of them, including the notorious Ricky Stiles, mentor of her present quarry, before turning herself in.) Billy, who believes himself the offspring of Charles Manson and cult member Mary Jane Shorter, escaped while being transported to a brain research program at the National Institute of Mental Health; he drops tantalizing clues regarding his imminent killing sprees via Internet messages to Jay. Once an anthropologist at New York's Museum of Natural History, Billy leaves a Heliconius specimen at each crime scene in a nod to "the butterfly effect" ("the flapping wings of a butterfly in one part of the world could eventually result in a hurricane in some other place at a later time")Aan example of chaos theory, which drives Billy to produce what he calls a perfect death. As the mutilated bodies pile up, including those of children, both Billy and Jay reflect at interminable length on the killer's motivations, struggling to give a cerebral spin on what remains essentially butchery. "People like me are a different species entirely," Billy blithely tells one victim. "I kill people because it gives me a rush.... Because fear is just one big turn-on." It is also a turn-on for many fans of this genre, at which Holt is adept. JayAhaunted by having been raped when she was youngAis an appealing character, though Holt's insistent use of italics for her stream-of-consciousness is annoying. Though this up-to-the-minute thriller feels overly manipulated, in the end it provides an abundance of old-fashioned fright. (Aug.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

The title isn't the only familiar note Holt strikes in bringing rogue FBI agent Jay Fletcher (Watch Me, 1995) up against another mean serial killer. After executing murder-master Ricky Stiles at the close of her blood-soaked debut, Jay's been eased out of the Bureau and into the Witness Protection Program. She thinks her life has settled down, except of course for her dreams of carnage and summary justice. But when Stiles protg William Paris Bonisteel, a.k.a. Billy Bones, breaks out of his mental institution, Jay is the first person he gets in touch with, since his computer expertise makes it child's play for him to find out her new home and alias. And since the second person Billy taps is the head of the US Marshals' Fugitive Operations Division, warning that if Jay isn't put back on the job of tracking him, he'll go berserk (as if this isn't already a serious possibility), Jay's soon back in the saddle, the unofficial, unarmed partner of bearish Deputy Marshal Jack Dane. The two follow Billy's spectacularly grisly trail from New York to Massachusetts to the bayous of Louisiana, with a brief, tender time-out in Key West before the finale on a tiny island in Washington's Siren Bayand the inevitable movie-inspired coda. Billy's improbable habit of leaving clues to his next move at every murder scene keeps up the suspense without a break. But since the rules of Billy's warped game stay the same, the stakes never rise, and the characters, despite their obsession with Hannibal Lecter, are just barely dimensional enough to keep the pot boiling, the repeated patternJay and Jack puzzle out the clue the killer has left them, race to the next scene, and arrive too lategives an effect that can be monotonously thrilling too, as if Holt were writing a series of linked stories rather than a novel. As in the more cleverly constructed Watch Me, the target audience will nod and smile grimly at Jay's assessment: ``She'd killed four men but she hadn't killed enough.'' -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Jay Fletcher Thrillers (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1st edition (February 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312971303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312971304
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,533,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By coachtim on October 28, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sleek and stylish, "Catch Me" is a great follow-up to A.J. Holt's first book about FBI agent Jay Fletcher's attempt to rid the world of two very dispicable serial killers. She did just that in "Watch Me" as she "took out" computer expert, Ricky Styles. Now, in "Catch Me", she attempts to track down and stop Styles' compatriot, the self-acclaimed son of Charles Manson, William Bonisteel, a.k.a "Billy Bones". Billy's connection to the Manson family is an interesting sidebar to the story.
Aided by US Marshall Jack Dane, Fletcher attempts to get to Billy before he gets to her. She must do so as quickly as possible because Billy is leaving a trail of death and destruction as he teases Fletcher along to their inevitable final meeting. Invariably, Fletcher and Dane find themselves a step behind Billy as they try and decipher the clues that he leaves for them regarding his next victim.
And, while, Dane, Fletcher, and Billy are obviously the main players in this novel, Holt does a fine job adding some very interesting characters along the way. It's this aspect of his writing that I think I appreciate the most. Holt, in just his 2nd novel, has mastered the art of creating believable and interesting "bit players" that are critical to the plot and not just fluff through in to pad the story.
Some readers might find themselves appalled by the graphic descriptions of Billy's treatment of his victims. In this writer's opinion, however, these scenes are more than gratuitous violence and are necessary to understand the character and mindset of Billy.
If you're a fan of this genre' and enjoy the works of authors like Thomas Harris, James Patterson, and Rex Miller, you'll find yourself enthralled by "Catch Me". Here's hoping that A.J. Holt will continue to evolve the character of Jay Fletcher and that we'll see another installment in the near future.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kirk on May 3, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't put this book down - because I knew if I did, I'd never pick it up again. The characters were beyond believability, beyond stereotype, beyond hope. The only plot device the author uses is motion - moving the characters around-and-around, from location to location, until finally the book runs out of pages, or the reader runs out of patience.
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By Amazon Customer on September 24, 2014
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Read and read 1st book and was delighted to find this 2nd in series...all I can say is MORE please!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 26, 2001
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A. J. Holt's first book, 'Watch Me,' was the incredibly chilling story of Jay Fletcher, an FBI agent who discovers a serial killer site on the internet. Driven by the horrors of her own past Jay is seduced into a hunting spree that rivaled those of the serial killers that became her victims. Jay stepped over the line, and was only barely able to make her way back into the light.
Her last sanctioned hunt was for Billy 'Bones' Bonisteel, whom she successfully brought to trial and to justice. Jay, also known as 'Ladykiller,' then disappeared into the FBI's witness protection program, hoping never to confront the dark side of her character again.
Unfortunately her idyllic retreat was not meant to last. Billy Bones makes his escape and demands that Jay be put on his trail. If not, he threatens to go on a full blown killing spree. Anxious to prevent publicity, the FBI permits Fletcher to take up the hunt. Billy leads her on a nerve-wracking chase from coast to coast ending up in a spectaular finale in the Pacific Northwest.
This is not your basic slash and burn serial killer story. For Billy Bones 'Catch Me' tells the story of his last, defiant struggle for freedom. Holt allows us to peer continually into Billy's mind, detailing his belief in chaos theory and his belief that he is Charles Manson's child. Billy has a certain Hannibal Lector like charm for us. Yet, in spite of all these insights and often ghastly details, Holt still masks the truth from us, leading to a surprise ending of great power.
For Jay Fletcher, 'Catch Me' is a coming of age novel. Jay makes a journey from her new life as a Mendocino glassblower back into the horror of the hunt. Confronting the her reality, she moves onward to self-discovery and acceptance of the creature she has become.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Simonetta Cavilli on October 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Jay Fletcher is an ex-FBI agent who specalises in hunting down serial killers and killing them. Because she is never tried for her murders, she is kicked out of the FBI and is put in a Witness Protection Program where she is happy living, until she gets an email from Billy Bones, a serial killer who she didn't quite catch the last time.
Billy Bones, convinced he is the son of Charles Mason, sends Jay on a wild-goose chase so she can track him down and have her day with him. Billy is an absolute psycho and his character is reminiscent of Dr Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, intelligent and very very scary.
The entire book is about Jay tracking down Billy with the obscure clues that he leaves for her. It is actually very cleverly written and it is a different spin on the usual 'whodunits' as the reader knows who done it, and actually gets of insight into the serial killer (not many authors do that).
This is a very easy book to read, but it is still an enjoyable thriller that will keep you interested right until the end. Ok, so its not as brilliant as Michael Connelly or Dennis Lehane, but it is still good.
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