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Copycat Hardcover – June 1, 2006

4.2 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Kitt Lundgren Series

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The Sleeping Angel Killer provides the chilling focus to Spindler's 12th bloodcurdling romantic thriller (after Killer Takes All). Kitt Lundgren and Mary Catherine "M.C." Riggio of the Rockford, Ill., VCB (Violent Crimes Bureau) vow to catch a serial killer who sets the suffocated bodies of 10-year-old girls in their own beds, dressed like angels in frilly white nightgowns, hair spread out on their pillows and pink lip gloss applied postmortem to their mouths. Spindler's setting of a "meat-and-potatoes" Midwest town provides a fresh background for two believable and very cool investigators. Kitt, a recovering middle-aged alcoholic, tried and failed to catch the murderer five years earlier, during a 2001 killing spree, while her own child was dying of leukemia and her marriage was falling apart under the strain. Now, when eerily similar crimes recur, someone calls Kitt, identifying himself as the original killer and the new perp as just a copycat. M.C., an ambitious, distrustful newbie, is assigned to help Kitt with the investigation. The detectives must overcome their personal problems in order to catch the monsters, a task culminating in a breathless finale. (June)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; 1 edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780778323129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778323129
  • ASIN: 0778323129
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,085,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A New York Times and International bestselling author, Erica Spindler's skill for crafting engrossing plots and compelling characters has earned both critical praise and legions of fans. Published in 25 countries, her stories have been lauded as "thrill-packed page turners, white- knuckle rides and edge-of-your-seat whodunits."

Raised in Rockford, Illinois, Erica had planned on being an artist, earning a BFA from Delta State University and an MFA from the University of New Orleans in the visual arts. In June of 1982, in bed with a cold, she picked up a romance novel for relief from daytime television. She was immediately hooked, and soon decided to try to write one herself. She leaped from romance to suspense in 1996 with her novel Forbidden Fruit, and found her true calling.

Her novel Bone Cold won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence. A Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, she received a Kiss of Death Award for her novels Forbidden Fruit and Dead Run and was a three-time RITA® Award finalist. Publishers Weekly awarded the audio version of her novel Shocking Pink a Listen Up Award, naming it one of the best audio mystery books of 1998.

Erica lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband and two sons and is busy at work on her next thriller.

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By AK on June 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Five years ago, Kitt Lundgren's world shattered; her daughter slowly died of pediatric cancer, her marriage fell apart, she fell into the bottle, and a serial killer terrorized her town. Blowing the Sleeping Angel Kiler case could have cost Kitt her career, but she's recovered, and now, he's back, or is he? Though the new murders resemble the SAK, there are anomalies, and what's more, the original SAK has called Kitt to tell her that the new cases are a copycat, one he resents and wants her to end. Working with a partner who distrusts her and is not happy to be secondary on the case to Kitt's primary is not ideal, nor is facing her own demons on multiple levels, but Kitt manages. With each death, things get more personal, and people outside the victim pool start dying as well. Just as Kitt's on the ragged edge, things truly get interesting, in the Chinese curse sense.

**** This is Spindler at her best. The tension stays high from start to finish, making you want to find out who did it, and it's someone you probably won't see coming. Brava. ****

Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.
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The end! I thought the ending was a big let down after a really great story. To me it just seemed as if the author reached a certain number of pages and said 'okay, gotta end it, let me pull an ending out of this hat.' It just seemed cliched to me. But everyone else seemed to love it.
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In 2001 in Rockford, Illinois, the Sleeping Angel Killer (SAK) murders three preadolescent girls in their bedrooms while their parents were nearby. He left his smothered innocent victims looking as if they were peacefully asleep. Rockford Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau Detectives Kitt Lundgren and Brian Spillare head the investigation. At the same time Kitt's ten year old daughter Sadie dies from leukemia, which drives the cop to drink and costs her an opportunity to catch SAK.

Five years later, SAK who was silent since Kitt failed, apparently has returned as another young girl Julie Entzel is smothered in her bedroom. Heading the investigation is ambitious Detective Mary Catherine "M.C." Riggio; she does not want the loser Kitt on the case. Kitt, who has not touched a drink in eighteen months in spite of a divorce, notices that the hands of the victim is different than the case she worked on; this leads to the cops wondering if a possible COPYCAT killer exists. Not long after the media announces the return of the Sleeping Angel Killer, SAK calls Kitt to insist that she take charge of the inquiry into what he claims is a careless copy cat killer or else he too will return to murdering the innocent.

The key to this tense serial killer thriller that makes for a fresh entry is the dysfunctional relationship between the two female detectives. The story line is action-packed from start to finish yet readers see deep inside Kitt and M.C. to see what motivates each of them. The final twist will stun the appreciative audience as Erica Spindler spins a fabulous suspense tale.

Harriet Klausner
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As pointed out by other reviewers, this is truely a page turner. Tha author, a natural story teller, brings his stories to life through his character developement and obvious understanding of human nature. Our heroines in this tale are certainly carrying around enough baggage of their own to make an interesting story and when the author adds some very horrible crimes...well, you get the picture. As I said, Spindler is a natural story teller who uses nice, crisp prose and keeps the interest of the reader from the first page through to the last. His character development is great and his imagination is certainly not limited. If you want a nice read, one that will hold your interest and truely intertain, then this one is for you. Recommend this one highly.
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Let's say you're a very bad guy. And let's say you're face to face with the good guy, and you have the gun. What would you do? Would you blow the person away, or would you stop and explain yourself, thereby giving your enemy time to turn the tables?

Just wondering. Not that it has anything to do with Copycat.

I actually enjoyed Copycat a good deal. It moves along at a brisk pace with a pair of tough and sympathetic women cops who, in the great tradition of fictional heroes, can't always bring themselves to follow the police department's rules. Kitt, the central character, has deep emotional issues that put her career in jeopardy. I enjoyed seeing her struggle to separate her considerable personal problems from her professional challenge of stopping a horrible killer. Kitt and her partner M.C. are certainly risk-takers, which adds to the fun. In fact, Kitt does a couple of things that I'd call unbelieveably stupid--but then I found myself rooting for her and worrying about her all the more.

With Copycat, my book discussion group introduced me to Erica Spindler's work. I'll be back for more.
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Erica Spindler has written a few mysteries that give you chills but every parent reading this book will shudder. She brings about one of a parent's greatest fears and puts it on paper for all of us to read and become so absorbed in that we forget time.

COPYCAT tells the story of The Sleeping Angel Killer (SAK), a serial killer whose victims are ten-year-old blonde hair, blue eyed little girls. He kills them in their sleep and then puts on pink lip gloss post mortem so they look pretty. The killings stopped for five years and now have started again.

Kitt Lundgren was the detective assigned to the original SAK case which coincided with major personal tradegy in her own life. Her ten year old daughter battled and lost a fight with leukemia. Kitt forged ahead in trying to apprehend the killer and lost everything - she became an alcoholic, lost her husband, and almost her job when she let the killer slip through her fingers. Five years later, she's sober and wanting to prove to her bosses that she is once again at the top of her game.

Mary Catherine "MC" Riggio is a new detective with the Rockford, Illinois Violent Crimes Bureau and has a lot to prove. She's tough, ambitious and doesn't let anyone get near her personally. When Kitt is assigned to be MC's partner neither woman is thrilled.

The story bounces around a bit once these two are paired up - we get glimpses of Kitt's life with AA, her still wanting her husband back, and seeming to be stuck in a spot where she can't move on with her life. We see MC's life as not being grounded - she has an Italian family whose matriarch is overbearing and demanding with MC trying to make them happy without giving up her detective shield to have children.
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