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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451409000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451409003
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Scotland Yard's Redfern Metcalfe "gets inside killers' heads and reels them in." But Britain's latest serial killer (an evil genius dubbed "Silver Tongue" for his grisly technique and distinctive "calling card") is the worst Red's ever seen, leaving the hardened investigator shaken to his core. While Red and his hand-picked team of detectives concoct half-baked theories and chase shadows, the elusive Silver Tongue taunts them by racking up victims. With no forensic evidence to go on, Red is forced to play an excruciating game of "wait and see" with the killerAsending his personal and professional life into a downward spiral. Starling's debut sustains a sense of fear and uneasiness by seamlessly moving between Red's increasing obsession with the manhunt and his haunting memories of guilt-inducing past misdeeds. When it seems the case is close to resolution, Starling manages to step up the already considerable tension, and the simultaneous story lines dramatically and unexpectedly converge. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Twenty-nine year old Boris Starling works for a company that specializes in kidnap negotiation, clandestine investigations, and political risk analysis. Prior to that, he was a journalist for the British papers The Sun and The Daily Telegraph. Messiah is his first book.

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Customer Reviews

One of the best thrillers I have read.
Jason S Robinson
Anyways, it is a good book, and though I have never read anything else by him, I am definitely interested in doing so.
Yolanda S. Bean
The story was very ingenious, and had a twisted plot that kept you reading on.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 28, 2001
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Boris Starling's "Messiah" starts out deceptively slow paced as Detective Superintendent Red Metcalfe confronts the first crime scene of this novel. A hanging - made unusual by the removal of the victim's tongue and its replacement with a silver spoon. But he hardly has time to interview the deceased's girlfriend when he receives a second call. This time a bishop has been beaten to death, and once again the victim's tongue has been removed and replaced with a silver spoon. Red intuitively knows that this will be a bad case, and that he is hunting down a fiendishly clever serial killer.
Metcalfe, with his team of Duncan Warren, Kate Beauchamp, and Jez Clinton, find themselves faces with a killer who knows how to leave no trace at the murder scene. The murders seem to occur at random, and the victims seem to have nothing in common. Red, who is noted for his ability to get into the minds of criminals and killers is completely stymied. The team seems helpless as killing follows killing, and every lead points to a dead end.
Starling keeps up interest by first alternating the narrative with flashback of Metcalfe's life. In college he turned his brother in as a killer who is still serving a life sentence. Later Metcalfe was the driver in a hit and run accident. A secret he still hides. The second narrative feature is the gradual inclusion of tidbits from the killer. These are extremely well done, providing insight but never giving anything away.
Without ever appearing so, this is an extremely tightly plotted thriller. There is very little that does not happen for a reason. Clues are carefully presented and disguised without ever revealing too much. The story twists and turns as the murders point in different directions without ever becoming banal or repetitive. The murders themselves are ghoulishly spectacular, making this both a fascinating mystery story and a great serial killer read. A very fine piece of writing from a promising author.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Nappi on January 3, 2000
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I am an avid reader of thrillers/suspense novels and have read numerous horror thrillers including books by Stephen King, John Saul and Thomas Harris. "Messiah" is one of the best thrillers I have ever read. When I purchased the book, I did not know what to expect as "Messiah" is the first effort by Boris Starling. I was not disappointed in the least. In fact, my only disappointment is attributable to the fact that the book had to end. Mr. Starling has apparently done significant research and has produced a compelling masterpiece of suspense with an imaginative and original storyline. I recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery thrillers. I am eagerly awaiting Mr. Starling's next effort!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "theladypandora" on November 24, 1999
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I picked this book up because of the blurb on the front which said, "The most terrifying thriller since 'Silence of the Lambs'". I thought, "What a bold statement for a book to make." Believe me, this book does not disappoint! It takes place in England which threw me at first because of the different terms they use, but you get past that in a hurry. This book is simply one of the best books I have read this year. I have recommended this title to over a hundred people! No really, I have. And I have yet to hear anything bad about this book. I can't wait to see what else Mr. Starling writes. If you are a fan of Thomas Harris, Jeffrey Deaver, or John Sandford, I urge you to buy this book! You will not be disappointed! It will be the best money you've spent on a book this year. The ending is mind blowing and I literally had to stop and think about it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yui-chan on January 31, 2001
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I first bought Boris Starling's "Storm", and liked it a lot. I then began looking for other books by Boris Starling and came across "Messiah". I don't know how people could go around bashing this book. I found it very educational and suspenseful. This book was about Detective Red Metcalfe following the blood trail of a serial killer. Although Red didn't have any likeable attributes, it didn't hamper the plot any. I felt that this book was a clever thriller that made the reader think and try to piece it all together. I didn't suspect the killer until the last minute. I had to read it again to pick up the little clues that the author left throughout the book. Overall I thought this was a very well written book, and that Boris Starling is a very talented writer.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sp3685 on June 5, 2005
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Messiah is one of the most engaging thrillers I have ever read. It begins with a bang and the tension and suspense literally does not let up until the final pages. The books twists and turns and it is impossible to know what's coming next. Some of the narrative techniques used in this novel are unlike anything I have ever read before, for example, narratives told in the first person of the killer.

Without giving anything away, this novel reminded me a lot of the movie "Se7en". The religious aspects and the overall pace of the novel (as well as other things that I won't say) bring that movie to mind.

I must say, this is one of the most gruesome novels I have ever read and I was actually scared out of my mind during some of the murder scenes (and I am an avid reader of Dean Koontz and Stephen King and even THAT doesn't scare me). This is more than just a tale of murder, however. It is a tale of dark secrets from the past, a tale of trust, and mostly, a tale of betrayal. The ending is shocking and very satisfying. I was shaking my head repeatedly saying "oh my God, oh my God..." during the last 5 pages.

VERY STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!
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