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Product Details

  • Series: Taylor Jackson Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778327140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778327141
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Ellison's fourth Taylor Jackson thriller finds a serial killer murdering young women in both the United States and Europe. Such an international crime brings New Scotland Yard Detective/profiler James Memphis Highsmythe into the investigation, causing an unexpected hitch in homicide detective Jackson's romantic involvement with fianceÌüe FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin. But personal feelings or no, the trio must pool their resources to find the serial killer known as the Conductor in the United States and Il Macellaio across the Atlantic, before he can strike again. Joyce Bean is perfectly cast; her narration keeps the book moving at a steady pace and infuses the prose with just the right amount of menace and suspense. Her reading of the killer's chance encounter with a young woman destined to become his next victim is chilling. Even when the writing may be a little over the top at times, Bean's performance is down to the ground solid. A Mira paperback.
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Everything a great crime thriller should be. --Allison Brennan on All the Pretty Girls

Fusing gritty cop drama with dark psychological thriller, Ellison distinguishes herself with exceptional character development, consistently breakneck pacing and a sense of authenticity throughout. ----Chicago Tribune on 14

More About the Author

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve critically acclaimed novels, including When Shadows Fall, Edge of Black, and A Deeper Darkness, and is the co-author of the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Her work has been published in over twenty countries. Her novel The Cold Room won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original and Where All The Dead Lie was a RITA® Nominee for Best Romantic Suspense. She lives in Nashville with her husband. Visit JTEllison.com for more insight into her wicked imagination, or follow her on Twitter @Thrillerchick or Facebook.com/JTEllison14.

Customer Reviews

This is the 4th book is Ellison's Taylor Jackson series.
Darcia Helle
I felt like the plot was dragging a little and could have been wrapped up sooner.
P. Bergbauer
The plot was fast paced and engaging; it definitely kept me turning the pages.
Dana Brantley-Sieders

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tazlvr on April 11, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Another thriller by JT Ellison. Taylor Jackson is on the hunt for "The Conductor" a killer so sick and twisted...he starves his captives.

When he's finished, he creatively disposes of the body by reenacting scenes from famous paintings. And it seems similar macabre works are being displayed in Europe. Taylor teams up with her fiancé, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, and a New Scotland Yard detective named James "Memphis" Highsmythe, a haunted man who only has eyes for Taylor, to put an end to the Conductor's art collection.

I actually loved this book and was sorry to see the ending. Now to wait another year for a follow up - pure torture. This is the 4th book in her Taylor Jackson series and it is definitely worth the read. Don't Miss it!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Hamon VINE VOICE on May 13, 2010
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First, I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have never read any of J.T. Ellison's novels before, but after reading this, I will for sure give them a try because I did enjoy this story. Because it is sort of part of a series, there was a bit of history on the main character that wasn't fully disclosed in this book, leaving me a bit confused at times. Aside from that, I felt it was a wonderful suspensful story line which held my attention to the point that I finished the book in just 3 days. I could get into a brief description of the story, but everybody else wrote pretty accurate reviews for that...and the books description contains that...my review is just to let you know how I felt about the book...and the answer to that is that I really enjoyed it outside of a few confusing points due to this being the 4th book in this series. With that being said, I didn't feel I needed to read the other books for this to make complete sense, but I enjoyed it so much that I am going to read the others and add J.T. Ellison to my list of favorite authors to watch for new books in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 10, 2010
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The ending Author's notes by J. T. Ellison regarding her book, The Cold Room, intrigued me. Many readers will find the book "dark" and into an almost taboo subject; it was a welcome addition for me to read her thoughts as she wrote the book, realizing from her research that the issue was far from uncommon--that those who use narcotics as part of their assaults were often mimicking their baser desires.

For necrophilia...

Add that to how and who was committing the horrendous murders, and you have one of the most compelling novels you may have read for quite some time. Fortunately, with the darkness, Ellison's main characters are an exciting team. Think "Closer" but have the couple working side-by-side on a major serial killer case.

Dr. John Baldwin, head of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit had been involved much earlier than Taylor Jackson. They called the killer, The Butcher, as he murder women in Italy, and then, later, in England. When similar, but not quite the same MO was used by a man in Nashville, where Jackson worked for Metro police, they quickly started comparing notes.

The Butcher had first starved the women to death, but had grown impatient and had started to strangle them...He would leave a picture of some piece of famous art with her body.

But the man who was soon called The Conductor, was much more dramatic, setting the stage with classical music and actually posting the bodies to match works by Picasso!

Taylor Jackson is one hot investigator!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 30, 2010
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I'm relatively late to the characters of JT Ellison's Taylor Jackson world. So when you're on the forth book of the series, you're missing a lot of the backstory.

Fortunately, the book is written well enough that if you jumped in starting with this book, you can pick up and fill in the blanks. Taylor Jackson's a well written character - most female detectives tend to not be fleshed out, especially in a macho world of male police. Naturally, her boyfriend is also in the same line of work (the FBI profiler), so it's more of a team adventure than just Jackson running alone. Personally, I would have enjoyed watching Jackson juggle a normal life (why can't she have a boring boyfriend with a day job instead?)

The Conductor ranks up there with one of the more interesting bad guys in literature. Between kidnapping, performance art of watching them starve and then necrophilia, he's a dark and dreary person. So when there's parallels between the crimes in the US and in Europe, Scotland Yard is also on the hunt, making for an interesting dynamic between the three police on the hunt.

The Cold Room is a decent enough read and flies by relatively fast. It's the perfect airplane book - you read it for a few hours and enjoy the escapism. 4.5 stars
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Randi Morse VINE VOICE on March 26, 2010
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I've never read J.T. Ellison before, but I'm always up for a good story, and her previous work had garnered some praise, so I was hoping that her latest read, The Cold Room, would be just as enjoyable a read. When I started reading it I was definitely intrigued. The crimes that were being committed were definitely stomach turning, but I've read other stories that had similar horrible murders, so that didn't turn me off.

You're immediately whisked into the world of Detective Taylor Jackson. Now here comes one of the tricky parts - it took me a few dozen pages to realize that Jackson had actually been the Lieutenant, but that there was a scandal and that caused her to be demoted. And she has a new partner - that was also something that took a minute to figure out.

Jackson has a fiance - Dr. John Baldwin - an FBI profiler who tends to wind up working with his fiance. And also thrown into the tale is Scotland Yard Detective James "Memphis" Highsmythe, who has a strange connection with Jackson.

THE GOOD:
The bad guy(s) was great. The crime that is committed is not one that you often see, which is why I had high hopes for this tale.

THE BAD:
If you haven't read the other Taylor Jackson books, I can see how it would be easy to get confused. There are many little things here and there that may make a reader who is new to the series (such as me) go, "huh?" Like Jackson's scar and the brief discussion of it. The idea behind Memphis and Jackson's attraction was a good one - unfortunately it wasn't flushed out nearly enough. And we see very, very little of Baldwin and Jackson, which I definitely wanted to see more of. And while the murder mystery idea started out good, I wanted so much more from it.
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