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KILLER (A Jack Rhodes Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Carpenter
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"A BLOCKBUSTER!" Entertainment Weekly


For fans of Robert Parker's smart but tough-as-nails heroes, screenwriter Stephen Carpenter introduces a new character to the mystery genre, Jack Rhodes. Jack is an author and former boxer who was on his way to literary success when his life was blown apart by the horrific suicide of his fiancee.

Devastated, Jack went on a fifteen-month alcoholic spiral into near-oblivion before eventually working past his demons to become a best-selling crime novelist. But just as Jack is finishing his fourth book about a vicious serial killer, the LAPD interrupts his quiet routine with news of what appears to be a copycat murder from his first book. There's just one problem--the murder took place before Jack's book was published.

Jack begins to investigate, using techniques he learned through his meticulous research with police and FBI investigators. To his horror, Jack discovers that each of the murders he has imagined are all real...down to the most harrowing details. And Jack is Suspect Number One.

Jack winds up on the run, a fugitive haunted by his past and hunted by the very cops and FBI agents he has learned from and befriended. Jack must use every resource he has to prevent the murder of a woman he knows will be next in his series of novels. He must piece together shattered memories from the fragments he recalls during his drunken fifteen-month blackout.

Fast-paced and utterly unpredictable, KILLER reads like a rapid-fire crime thriller, with hairpin twists and turns and edge-of-your seat psychological horror. KILLER eludes easy answers to the impossible puzzle Jack must solve, and takes the reader on a journey unlike any other.


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About the Author

Stephen Carpenter created the NBC television series Grimm, and wrote screenplays for Ocean's Eleven, Blue Streak, and other feature films. A graduate of UCLA Film School, Carpenter has also written and directed several thrillers, including Soul Survivors, starring Casey Affleck. His first novel, Killer, was an Amazon Kindle bestseller and dubbed a "blockbuster" by Entertainment Weekly. His latest book, The Grimm Curse Trilogy, was published in 2013 by Amazon.

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  • File Size: 368 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482678888
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TZLM3M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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90 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read mystery!!! July 1, 2010
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I literally could not put this book down. I'm a huge Stephen King fan, but this is even better, I swear. I don't know if it's Carpenter's first book or what, but this guy is amazing. So I hope that he has more of these in him in any case. The ending is fantastic!
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76 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. An electronic page turner. June 30, 2010
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I luckily found this thriller while surfing Amazon before bed and I stayed up to finish it. I can't remember the last time I stayed up to finish an entire novel. If you want a real thriller and a fresh take on the genre you HAVE to buy this. I'll be the first in line to buy the published hardcover. Bravo!
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! June 28, 2010
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I'm a mystery-thriller fan and I'm new to the Kindle world, so I didn't know what to expect, but after I read the first couple of pages I was hooked. This book blew me away. I was up all night reading it and I still can't get the characters and the story out of my head. It's like Stephen King meets John Grisham, but it's even darker and weirder than that. I can usually tell how a book is going to end up, but not this time. A definite read. You won't be disappointed.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Killer, by Stephen Carpenter , Kindle Edition, is a story that should appeal to mystery readers. The story's protagonist is a writer who has published several stories following the grisly escapades of a serial killer. Carpenter's technique in providing the story, is to follow simultaneously the development and actions of the killer and of the protagonist until their actions merge. The killer's development from his early beginnings are believable, as are his actions, and the plot is quite different. The protagonist's actions, although moving the story at a rapid pace, are not always as credible, and especially in his final action scene. However, if a reader is interested in action and not overly bothered by such matters, he/she can pass a few very enjoyable hours.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blazing Fast Read! February 21, 2011
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I whipped through this thriller in two days (which is fast for me). This was quite the enjoyable page-turner. The basic plotline is original (although perhaps just barely plausible), but I bought into it. As I progressed through the book, I could feel I was reading the work of a screenwriter (loaded with action and told in a frenetic pace), and that only made the ride more wild. This is a great freshman effort, and I'm anxious to see what Carpenter comes up with next. If you are looking for a fun crime thriller, give Killer a shot.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why all the 5 stars? April 5, 2011
By Tak 30s
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I bought this because of the cheap price and high rating. I'm writing this because while it deserves the cheap price, it doesn't deserve the high rating.

One problem I had was that you know who the killer is around the half-way point or maybe earlier. Another problem I had was just the general writing. Now I don't know much about writing, but instead of using the third person omnipresent narrator (Jack went downstairs and opened up his suitcase.) the author goes with the first person present tense.(I go downstairs and open my suitcase.) Things get old real quick, because everything is "I go to the car. I open the door. I reach for my cell phone..."

Also, a lot of the ideas and 'techniques' in this book have been done in other stories, (the DaVinci Code, etc.) and sound old here.

Another problem is that you figure out the 'who' 'how' and 'why' around halfway through the book. You know who the killer is, how they did everything, and even why they did it. So the end half of the reading is just so you can finish the thing. And that's pretty much all you end up doing, reading from one tired event to the next.

I think if you've read a lot of thrillers, this book probably wouldn't appeal much to you because you've probably heard and seen it all somewhere else. On the other hand, if you read other genres and jump into this, the lack of decent prose might turn you off. (This is probably junior high school level difficulty, if that much).

But, at $2.99 what else could you expect?
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ouch May 9, 2012
By Harley
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This will teach me to be carried away by rave reviews. I should know better but there are lots of very admiring reviews on ths here. No doubt I'll be slated for my opinion given how many think otherwise. But here goes. It starts out ok - the only early gripe was the writing style which is a bit lacking, simplistic. It is hard to describe without using the words pulp fiction. Which has come to mean something else. I see this style as belonging on supermarket shelves - mass fiction which needs no thought. And then the story. It is a good premise, the kind of is he isn't he . Childhood memories that are missing and therefore our killer could be our author. Even he does not know. I worked it out half way through. I lost patience then with our hero's stupidity and interest along with it. I skimmed to the end although tempted to abandon ship but I was promised a twist after all. Ha, should have known better! One word can sum this up - predictable. It has been years since I read Stephen King to whom this author is compared in some of these rave reviews. From what I remember of Mr. King I see no resemblence. Stephen King is a master of suspense. His books did scare me no matter how bizarre the theme. His penmanship is vastly superior.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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First off, let me explain my 5 star rating: I am not a literary critic, and I am not going to analyze in retrospect what Hitchcock called "refrigerator questions". This book is meant to entertain, and entertain me it did. It helps if you are a fast reader - you will get swept away with the action and you can graciously overlook a few details that might take you otherwise out of the moment.

I will do my best not to indulge in going too much into detail as not to reveal any spoilers to the readers who haven't had the pleasure yet of enjoying this thriller.

Before I sat down to write this review I quickly checked on the few negative assessments KILLER received. My first thought was, `Wow, now there are some individuals with personal grudges'. Mr. Carpenter, you pissed some people off. I doubt that their vile reviews had much to do with the book itself. The mid-level raters are mainly concerned with personal taste of diction and storytelling, and how the author's style corresponds with their own. I can't argue here, no work of fiction (or non-fiction for that matter) will please every single soul who reads it. For example, somebody complained about the use of "bad language" and an itsy bitsy moment of an intimate encounter. I am grinning as I am writing this. To me it could have gone way further. It was absolutely harmless. You see? It's a matter of individual taste and chutzpah.

Told mostly in a first person narrative, the protagonist, mystery author Jack Rhodes, takes us on fast paced thrill ride, as we discover with him the ultimate nightmare of having the writer's fictitious serial killer coming to life. Is it a copycat? But how can it be?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Killer
I actually read this book twice and liked it better the second time. It had me guessing a lot of the time and wasn't totally predictable.
Published 28 days ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Could not stop reading. Fun and exciting
Published 1 month ago by Martha Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing
Had an awesome time reading this book. Grusesomely entertaining and well written. Would definitely recommend to any serial killer enthusiasts :)
Published 2 months ago by michelle derer
4.0 out of 5 stars A killer of a book
This was a real cliff hanger and very hard to put down. It totally kept my interest and kept me up way too late. Read more
Published 2 months ago by patti jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series Debut
This book was offered free at Amazon.com some time ago, but it got shoved to the back burner and then, alas, totally forgotten until it popped up again - this time as a freebie for... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, fun, and attention grabbing
this was a fun read if you like thrillers. some of the plot was transparent and predictable but not enough so to discourage me from finishing the book quickly.
Published 4 months ago by Jacqueline Sun
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Thoughtful,interesting characters. Held my interest throughout. Good plot twists. Easy to pick up after being too busy to read for long periods.
Published 4 months ago by becky marie andria
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this book. Would read another by this author.
Published 5 months ago by N. J. Price
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Again a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat til the very end. Didn't end like I thought.
Published 6 months ago by dee
4.0 out of 5 stars so so
this is a well written book and has a great plot. it kept my interest the whole while i was reading this book.
Published 6 months ago by Mary
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Stephen Carpenter created the NBC series Grimm, and has written screenplays for Ocean's Eleven, Blue Streak, and other films. A graduate of UCLA Film School, Carpenter has also written and directed several thrillers, including Soul Survivors, starring Casey Affleck. His first novel, Killer, was a #1 Amazon Bestseller, and dubbed a "blockbuster" by Entertainment Weekly. His latest collection, The Grimm Curse Trilogy, is available now on Amazon.

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