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Strong stomachs are needed for Cardieri's below average debut, a serial-killer whodunit. A fiend known as the Daily Killer is terrorizing New York City during the Christmas season, committing multiple murders every day and in some cases wiping out entire families. At each crime scene he leaves the taunting message: “better luck next time.” The high-profile case consumes NYPD Det. Deke Durgess, exacerbating tensions with his wife about time spent away from his family. The story line follows a predictable path as the public, the politicians and the police brass all put increasing pressure on Durgess and his FBI partner, Kurt Joseph, to find the pattern that will enable them to anticipate the killer's next targets. Even CSI junkies may find the graphic details of the fatal shootings excessive, while the number of small children gunned down will turn off others. The revelation of the Daily Killer's identity won't surprise veteran genre readers. (Dec.)
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ANTHONY J. CARDIERI has worked for the city of New York for the past 18 years and currently serves as District Superintendent in the Department of Sanitation. He lives with his wife and three young children in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (December 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031256502X
  • ASIN: B005Q62CVS
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,726,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Irene Fenton on December 10, 2009
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This book is so intense that I had to put it down a few times and then pick it back up again after a bit. I'm a mystery fan (and love the fast-paced over-the-top crime dramas) and Luck Of The Draw totally delivers. The lead detective in this novel is a character I quickly became interested in and his hunt to uncover the psychopath serial killer took me on a wild and unexpected ride! It's not a book for young readers as it is very graphic and triggers some basic intuitive fears that can be disturbing. But for an adult murder-mystery fan, this one had me hooked! Totally worth the read but the story will stick with you. The killer is the most maniacal, cold-blooded nut imaginable and after reading so many detective fiction novels the realism of this book (procedural and police/forensic work) made it all come together in a believable and chilling way. Two thumbs UP!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 9, 2009
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In 1977 the Son of Sam held New York City in a grip of terror not seen since until now with the Daily Killer. Detective Deke Durgess leads the homicide investigation in which the perp kills an entire household every day; this varies from couples, singles, and families with children. Deke is determined to end this serial killer's reign of terror, but has no starting point as there appears no link between the seemingly randomly murdered victims and nothing left behind for forensics.

The psychopath is diabolically clever gaining entrance through a variety of means such as delivering flowers and candy to the victims and then killing them.. He leaves behind each time a taunting note to the cops: "Better luck next time". The Feds try to profile the Daily Killer and FBI Agent Kurt Joseph joins Deke on the investigation. They become a strong team though progress still remains nil. Deke listens to Kurt call his wife and daughter; which makes him realize he wants to get back with his spouse who left him because he always put the job before his family. The two cops finally figure out how the victims are selected, but the culprit remains unknown as a sting fails because the Daily Killer outwits his adversaries.

This is a chilling police procedural starring a cop who failed to appreciate his family even after he lost them, but finally realizes what he has given away when he observes his new partner who balances cases with his loved ones. He is unlike Deke who blocks out everything but the investigation. He actually is a likable person and readers will hope he has learned his lesson of balancing priorities to include family at the top. However, it is the desperate investigation that will have the audience at the edge of their seats even with the psychopath a graduate of the overused taunting school of serial killer 101.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Russo on December 22, 2009
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This was an excellent read that had thrills and chills from beginning to end. It was filled with suspense and great twists. The author uses his vivid imagination and sense of humor to create interesting characters. It's a definite page turner sure to keep you entertained.
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