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FIRST TIME KILLER [Kindle Edition]

Alan Orloff , Zak Allen
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In shock radio, nothing is too far over-the-top in the pursuit of ratings.

Not even murder.

During his twenty-six-year career, D.C. radio talk show host Rick Jennings steered clear of outrageous radio. Wasn’t his thing. So when WTLK execs tap him for the Afternoon Circus to land a lucrative satellite deal, Rick struggles to maintain his standards—and his dignity. A chilling call (“I’m a long-time listener, first time KILLER.”) leads to the discovery of an intern’s arm in a trashcan. Rick spars with the “First Time” killer over the airwaves. The police are stymied. Ratings skyrocket. And First Time continues to knock off members of the Circus, phoning in to gloat afterward.

In a world of psychics and poseurs, crazy deejays and crazier callers, it’s up to Rick to bring First Time down before more people perish.

If you toss the movies Network, Play Misty for Me, and Talk Radio into a blender and add a liberal serving of Howard Stern, you’ll get the flavor of FIRST TIME KILLER (a full length suspense/thriller – 86K words, the equivalent of approximately 350 printed pages).

Zak Allen is the author of the ebooks THE TASTE (horror/thriller) and RIDE-ALONG (suspense).

Zak Allen also is the darker pseudonym of Alan Orloff, author of the Agatha Award finalist DIAMONDS FOR THE DEAD (2010) and the Last Laff Mystery series (KILLER ROUTINE (2011), DEADLY CAMPAIGN (2012)), from Midnight Ink.

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  • File Size: 718 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006SMPT8M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Talk show host target of murderer March 10, 2012
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A dark book, the story is set in a radio station and the characters on air and behind the scenes. When someone begins killing people who work at a station that is trying to land a huge satellite deal, people think this is all about ratings. With a nod at the great Network, First Time Killer stands alone with a sadistic killer who calls into the station to get on the air and tell his story.

The killer targets one of the talk show hosts as his mouthpiece, refusing to talk to any other on-air personality. As the murders mount up, everyone at the station lives in fear. When it becomes clear one of their own or one of their standard listeners is the killer, the book plunges the reader into a morass of suspicion and tension.

When the killer calls the show at the start of the book, he identifies himself as a long time listener, but a first time killer. That sets the stage for this noir mystery. This is a re-release in Kindle format. Well worth the time to follow the unraveling of a mystery.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Radio Just Got A New Spin!!! April 17, 2012
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What do you do if you are a radio host trying to get better ratings to please your boss and then you get the opportunity to make that happen? Well, you would use that opportunity like crazy right?! Well, you may think so, but you man change your mind about that if the opportunity turns out to be a crazed serial killer calling in to tell about his latest and "greatest" kills he has made. Rick is a radio host of a radio show called The Afternoon Circus, which he shares with another host nick named Tin Man. They have been doing this slot since the original host Rhino died. Their goal is to see which of them is the better host and who can draw in the listeners more, then that host gets the whole show. If the ratings are up the radio station also has a chance to seal a deal to go satellite and make millions. To a small radio station this is huge, so Celia (the manager of sorts) is willing to do anything to make sure ratings climb and stay high. The question soon far would she really go? Is she somehow connected to the man calling himself First Time Killer, a man that called Rick at the station on air to tell him that he had killed someone and it was someone he knew? When Rick's world is turned upside down by First Time, he struggles with what to do in the situation. Rick wants to try and help the police find First Time and catch him for the murder he has admitted to on air, but also doesn't want to put his wife and daughter in danger if he talks to First Time more. As the plot thickens there are more murders, more chaos at work for Rick, more stresses put on his marriage/family by the whole First Time drama, and lots of decisions for Rick to make about his morals/ethics/job.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping To The End!! January 16, 2012
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First Time Killer by Alan Orloff is about a radio talk show host who receives a call during his show stating the person is a first time caller - first time killer. He continues to taunt the radio station while killing people. The author has presented some very likeable characters; a terrific storyline and a well-written book. I was hooked from page 1. It's gripping and riveting. I look forward to reading more books by this author. Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty well written March 29, 2013
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Interesting plot. Characters a little unreal. Writing is uneven. The twist at the ean seemed a little contrived and not real
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful! July 18, 2013
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I enjoyed this book and it really kept me guessing! An insightful view into the world of ratings and greed and the extent into which some people will go to to get them. First Time Killer kept me guessing until the very end and didn't have a clue who it was until the killer was revealed in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy read June 13, 2013
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This book was one that I didn't always follow. Either I wasn't in the mood to read or it just didn't grab my interest. That being said, I did finish it and would tell friends who like mysteries that they would probably enjoy it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fame and Stupidity May 29, 2013
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This book was a good read! But it really disgusted me at the same time because of the situation involving WHY the man decided to kill someone in the first place. It was just totally sad. Still, it was a good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars slow May 17, 2013
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Moved a bit slow for my liking. All in all it was ok. This is the first book I read by this author so I will check out some of his other's before I decide if i care for his style of writing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Talk Radio Thriller
I gave this rating as I do listen to talk radio and it did hold my interest. A little slow going but had a good finish. Read more
Published 1 day ago by sheryl rohm
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read
Actually could not put it down. it was kind of a throwback type of book in my opinion, seems like something I might have read in the 80's .
Published 2 months ago by livinthedream
4.0 out of 5 stars I give it a B
This story had twists and turns that kept you guessing. A fast read. Wouldn't mind finding out what happens next....possibly a sequel????
Published 4 months ago by MicheleRoosa
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Truly enjoyable mystery. I had no idea who the killer was right up to the end. Once I started the story it was hard to put down
Published 5 months ago by Paul Natale
5.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery
The story moved along at a good pace. There were plenty of characters that could possibly be the killer, and even when I thought I had it figured out, I was surprised in the end.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars First time killer
It is Interesting, unique, and an easy read I liked it. I recommend it..and would like to read more from this author
Published 6 months ago by Diane Blea
5.0 out of 5 stars What an ending!
I thought that I had figured out who First Time was about midway through book. Boy, was I ever wrong! Although slow in a couple places, this was a can't put it down.
Published 6 months ago by David Kirkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Love a good 'Who done it ?' this is good
A murder mystery set in the talk-back radio world. Not only a darn good murder mystery, it a great insight into the workings of talk-back radio.
Published 7 months ago by Dennis O'Brien
4.0 out of 5 stars First Time Killer
Good read. Keeps you guessing. The price is right, not too much but well worth it. Thanks to the author for submitting it.
Published 8 months ago by Dan Rutledge
3.0 out of 5 stars First Time reader
This is the first book I have read by this author. While it was ok, I doubt I will look for others
Published 8 months ago by Kathleen Raley
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Before Alan stepped off the corporate merry-go-round, he had an eclectic (some might say disjointed) career. As an engineer, he worked on nuclear submarines, supervised assembly workers in factories, facilitated technology transfer from the Star Wars program, and learned to stack washing machines three high in a warehouse with a forklift. He even started his own recycling and waste reduction newsletter business. Now he writes fiction.

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