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The Killing League (A Wallace Mack Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Dan Ames , Dani Amore
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Book Description

In this tense, spellbinding thriller, a retired FBI profiler uncovers THE KILLING LEAGUE, a competition among active serial killers to prove who is the greatest killer, and learns that he and a woman whose life he saved are the grand prize.

REVIEWS

“Move over James Patterson, Dani Amore has arrived! Fans of James Patterson will jump for joy when they read THE KILLING LEAGUE by Dani Amore. It moves at breakneck speed with sharply drawn characters in a plot that is absolutely riveting. The villains are horribly evil, and the heroes are real people you care about. It’s a cliffhanging, white-knuckled, red-hot thriller by an astonishing new talent.” –R.Mullens for Amazon.com

"Dani Amore writes fast-paced, gripping tales that capture you from Page One and hold you enthralled till the last word. She brings a strong, clear voice to whichever genre she chooses. This lady is one hell of a storyteller. Watch for her." --J.D. Rhoades, best-selling author of Gallows Pole

“Amore is definitely one to watch.” — Edgar-nominated author Craig McDonald

“Dani Amore’s writing reminds me of the great thriller writers -- lean, mean, no nonsense prose that gets straight to the point and keeps you turning those pages.” --author Robert Gregory Browne

AMAZON INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DANI AMORE

Interview with Dani Amore

Amazon: You’ve had two bestselling mysteries in DEAD WOOD and DEATH BY SARCASM. Why write a thriller?

D.A.: Because some of the authors I most admire write thrillers, and some of my all-time favorite books are thrillers.

Amazon: Tell us about THE KILLING LEAGUE and how you came up with the idea.

D.A.: I’ve always been fascinated with competition and how it relates to human behavior. I also wondered if serial killers were competitive, and the research I did proved that a lot of them were (and in some cases, still are.) So then I thought, what if an active serial killer wanted to prove he was the best? How would he do it? How would he find other active serial killers and get them to compete? Who would the target victims be? The result is my thriller, THE KILLING LEAGUE.

Amazon: It sounds like it’s tailor-made for Hollywood.

D.A.: I was lucky enough to land an agent at one of the top agencies in New York. He loved the story and said it would make a great film. There has been a lot of interest from production companies, but having worked in the film industry in Los Angeles, I want the right director for the project.

Amazon: What other projects do you have coming up?

D.A.: I’m working on the sequel to Death By Sarcasm. It’s called Murder With Sarcastic Intent. And right after that, the sequel to Dead Wood.

Amazon: Where can readers reach you?

D.A.: First of all, my readers are the most supportive, fun, fantastic people I know. I love talking with them. And I do that regularly over at my website, daniamore.com Of course, I’m also on Facebook and Twitter.


Editorial Reviews

Review

#1 Thriller in both the U.S. and the UK.
"A fast-paced thriller that never lets up."
-BigThrill.com"Move over James Patterson, Dan Ames has arrived.
-Amazon.com

"Dan Ames writes fast-paced, gripping tales that capture you from Page One and hold you enthralled till the last word."
-author J.D. Rhoades

"Ames is definitely one to watch."

-- Edgar-nominated author Craig McDonald

"Dan Ames's writing reminds me of the great thriller writers -- lean, mean, no nonsense prose that gets straight to the point and keeps you turning those pages."
-author Robert Gregory Browne

AMAZON INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DAN AMES

Amazon: Tell us about THE KILLING LEAGUE and how you came up with the idea.

D.A.: I've always been fascinated with competition and how it relates to human behavior. I also wondered if serial killers were competitive, and the research I did proved that a lot of them were (and in some cases, still are.) So then I thought, what if an active serial killer wanted to prove he was the best? How would he do it? The result is my thriller, THE KILLING LEAGUE.

Amazon: It sounds like it's tailor-made for Hollywood.

D.A.: I was lucky enough to land an agent at one of the top agencies in New York. He loved the story and said it would make a great film. There has been a lot of interest from production companies, but having worked in the film industry in Los Angeles, I want the right director for the project.

Amazon: Where can readers reach you?

D.A.: First of all, my readers are the most supportive, fun, fantastic people I know. I love talking with them. And I do that regularly over at my website, authordanames.com

From the Author

#1 THRILLER ON AMAZON US
#1 HARDBOILED MYSTERY ON AMAZON US
#1 POLICE PROCEDURAL ON AMAZON US
TOP 20 KINDLE STORE
TOP 50 CRIME NOVEL ON AMAZON UK

Product Details

  • File Size: 2443 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Slogan Books (July 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006NAAGBO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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81 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Read January 5, 2012
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Dani Amore is becoming one of my favorite authors. In Killing League she starts a snowball gaining momentum by introducing multiple characters in short, crisp, well written chapters. Just when you think you have absorbed enough, she shifts into the meat of the story. Her ability to craft full characters in such short space and make the plotline stay cohesive is brilliant. It is a balancing act between more backstory and keeping the plot moving. She has made some choices in favor of the plot movement, but it only accentuates her writing ability.

The Killing League is not like her other books, but this is a Dani Amore book and you can sense it in the wordsmithing. her voice is strong and confident. She writes like someone who likes to read a good mystery. That means she respects her reader and knows they can stay with her. She dodges and weaves and demonstrates some great moves in revealing the ending. I was surprised and I thought I had it figured out. I love it when a good writer pulls the rug out from under me.

I am a big fan and looking forward to more of her work.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst book I have ever read. February 26, 2012
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I picked this book because it was high in the best sellers list for thrillers. The premise sounded interesting and the first few chapters seemed reminiscent of James Herbert.

I was very disappointed. The chapters were extremely short and the novel was short. Language was used poorly. There are some howlers - where the protagonist gets into a boiling hot tub for instance. Most chapters finished with a terrible corny short sentence. It was formulaic. The author could not handle that many characters. Every character was one dimensional and I couldn't wait for people to be killed in order that she might actually give me some interesting facts that might help me care about the characters who were left alive.I found myself hoping she killed everyone off as I wanted to make sure there could be no sequel. I didn't hate the characters - I just didn't care about them. Any of them.

There was no suspense.

At times, spoof horror book, parts had me laughing out loud at how badly written it was. I feel robbed of my 99cents.

I only read to the end because I had paid for this copy - and expected the novel to improve given the good reviews. Do not waste your money.
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53 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
How in heaven's name this book is a "bestseller" has got to be the question of the year. No characterization, just tons of lurid, disgusting violence and sex, often perpetrated against kids or young people. It is all about exploitation: sex and gore, to sell a book. As an extremely avid reader, and an aficionado of mysteries and police procedurals, I have read hundreds and hundreds if not thousands of books of this genre. This one I just could not finish. It is disgusting. And I am no prude. I was glad I did not waste the 99 cents as I borrowed it as a Prime member, but feel cheated that with all the good mysteries and cop books out there that I wasted my one free borrow per month on this piece of trash. I am not quick to criticize books, but this one was just a slasher. This book probably would most appeal to those teeny-boppers who love slasher stuff with no depth. Sorry Ms. Amore, you have to do better than this to get my attention. This is what I would expect from a 12-year-old boy.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, non-stop humor and killing February 11, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Killing League. While it is a little far-fetched in terms of the details behind how the events add up and take place, it is a non-stop read. You can't put it down while you are trying to figure out who the mastermind is, even though you are reading parts of the book as if you are with him... I didn't really care for the ending, but that didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the read. A really good suspense novel, on par with Dani's other novels -- really fun to read, gore mixed with humor.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazing premise, but horrible writing. February 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When I read the summary of The Killing League I was really intrigued. It seemed like a great premise of making sick, twisted serial killers compete against each other. When I first started reading it, it wasn't so bad. There were a few interesting killers like Florence Nightmare and The Family Man. Most of the others were typical and cliche, and even seemed like knock-offs (Blue Blood is totally Patrick Bateman from American Psycho). When the protagonists were introduced to the story is when the book got unbearable. Their current lives are boring and the bad writing makes it even worse. The only parts I loved were of the guy who organizes the Killing League, his letters and invites to the serial killers were very witty and humorous. Sadly, his parts were very sparse.

I was halfway through the book when I decided to stop reading it. The plot had barely picked up momentum, and I was bored. If you want a very quick, mindless, easy read you may like this book, but I was looking for more.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Graphic Torture July 20, 2012
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I read her "Dead Wood" and it wasn't bad, not a bestseller, but a decent read. Hence, my decision to read this.

OMG, I didn't even want to continue reading. I deleted the book from my device. When describing the torture the killers inflicted it was disgustingly graphic, blatantly evil and extremely unnecessary. There are ways to bring the reader into the criminal's mind without grossly detailed descriptions depicting each and every act of violence. Amore chose not to take the higher road.

My advice? Stay away from this book and possibly this author's entire works.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
very simple, no interesting plot twists
Published 4 days ago by Tomas Mann
2.0 out of 5 stars There is no hook
Great book up until the ending. No closure. This book didn't give me any reason to read anymore books in the series.
Published 11 days ago by Scott Brooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great author
This is a good mystery that was hard to put down. Good to the last word. A terrific storyline & surprise ending
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
Well written. A thriller that keeps you reading and surprises you in the end. It is not required to read the previous books in the series.
Published 24 days ago by Jason Pesek
5.0 out of 5 stars but I enjoyed it.
Very intriguing plot of characters. I believe it was well written and you could follow the flow of different characters (as evil as they each were). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ernest
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Kept me interested and guessing. A good read
Published 1 month ago by Marjorie A See
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Thriller!!
My first book by this author and I was entranced!!! Great plot--a bit confusing at first but became clearer as you read more. The characters are well developed and interesting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Betty Vaughan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It took half the book to get going.
Published 1 month ago by Julia Child
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great thriller!
Published 1 month ago by michelle zuidema
5.0 out of 5 stars Killing League
Good book
Published 1 month ago by Patricia G. Raburn
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Hi Bill! Thank you for your interest. THE KILLING LEAGUE is a full-length novel, approximately 350-400 print pages.
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