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Mourn The Living [Kindle Edition]

Henry Perez
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Wherever You Live…

From city to city, one man walks the streets, carefully choosing his victims. Mercilessly, he cuts their throats. And with each kill, he leaves his chilling trademark, honed to razor-sharp perfection over decades of practice…

He'll Find You…

But now, reporter Alex Chapa is tracking the story, following the lead of a murdered colleague—and getting dangerously close to the most elusive serial killer in decades…

And Kill You…

When the next victim surfaces bearing the unmistakable calling card, Alex realizes no one is safe from this psychopath's murderous rage. For the killer has set his sights on Alex and those he loves—and only their blood will satisfy him…

Praise for Henry Perez

"A riveting thriller. Killing Red demands to be read in one sitting." --James Rollins



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From Publishers Weekly

Veteran Chicago Record reporter Alex Chapa is looking forward to a much needed vacation and time with his 10-year-old daughter, Nikki, whom he barely sees now that his ex has moved to Boston. Then his boss calls him back to cover for Jim Chakowski, killed in a mysterious explosion. As Alex digs into Chakowski's notes linking a string of murders to prominent city council members, he and Nikki come under fire. Short, choppy chapters move the action along at a measured clip, and detailed descriptions infuse the text with atmosphere and suspense, especially during flashbacks to Alex's childhood in Cuba and the murderer's dark and traumatic upbringing. The killer's identity is no surprise, but the final showdown keeps the adrenaline pumping right through the ending, which Perez (Killing Red) leaves wide open for possible sequels.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0786020334
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Books; 1 edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IYI840
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Private investigators are almost naturally a staple of mystery and thriller fiction. Newspaper reporters are as well, given their similarities to PIs. Individuals in both occupations ask questions, kick rocks over, draw conclusions, and report what they find. And the more that you act like you have something to hide, the more likely it is that you will attract their attention.

Henry Perez has worked as a newspaper reporter and thus knows well the territory that his novels explore. In MOURN THE LIVING, he brings back Alex Chapa (introduced in his debut, KILLING RED), who must balance real-world personal concerns with his professional duties. Perez does not sugarcoat the current state of affairs in the newspaper industry. Indeed, the declining fortunes of newspapers, coupled with the quiet threat to Chapa's reporting job at the Chicago Record, constitute a quietly menacing element throughout the novel. At the same time, Chapa is on the horns of a personal dilemma, one that is exacerbated by his professional circumstances.

As MOURN THE LIVING commences, Chapa is just beginning a week-long visit with his young daughter Nikki when he is called off of his scheduled vacation time. Jim Chakowski, the star investigative reporter for the Chicago Record, has been killed in an apparent accident, and Chapa is called back to fill in the gap. Erin Sinclair, Chapa's love interest, is more than willing to pick up the slack and entertain Nikki during the day while Chapa is working. But he finds himself confronted with the possibility that Chakowski's death was not accidental. Chakowski, in fact, was working on a story that involved a series of apparently unrelated murders in the area that may have involved a number of other killings spread out over time and distance.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Mystery August 17, 2010
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A serial killer is on the prowl and only suburban Chicago newspaper reporter Alex Chapa seems to be taking the matter seriously. As he investigates, he is drawn further into the terrifying world of the killer. At the same time he is balancing the pull of his personal life, a loving girlfriend and the attention required by his ten-year-old daughter visiting from Boston.

The premise is great. I liked the development of the Alex Chapa character. His girlfriend, Erin, never grew beyond cardboard. However, the serial killer character was truly chilling. Unfortunately, the book has its problems. It is a sequel and that may create some of the issues. For example, apparently the police do not like Alex Chapa due to some past interactions, but what happened? There is no explanation.

The biggest problem is that the story just does not hang together. Overall it is a let down. There are too many suspects and not enough details about any one of them or memorable interactions with any one of them to make the ultimate revelation of the killer's identity particularly credible.

Although there are many positives to this book, overall I cannot recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When mystery meets fantasy! September 19, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
The first half of this novel was really interesting, as Chapa puts the pieces together, trying to solve the mysterous death of his journalist friend. Unfortuately, the second half of the novel went from mystery to fantasy, as Chapa did a Clark Kent switching from reporter to Superman.......taming mighty rivers, landing airplanes and disarming mass murders armed with only wisecracks and his bare hands. Seriously, the second half of this book was so beyond belief, that it had me hoping that the author would just kill off the main character.

I gave it 3 stars because it was a Kindle freebee so it didn't cost me anything and because even with it's faults, it was an improvement on his first novel.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner! August 16, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had a hard time putting this book down. The pace is quick, the chapters move, and it's a roller coaster that doesn't let up. Great characters and excellent story-telling honestly kept me turning pages deep into the night. Unexpected twists and action packed. I am looking forward to reading anything written by Henry Perez. Highly recommended. Although it's the second book about Alex Chapa, you don't HAVE to read Killing Red first. Read it second if you want to. They're both great.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sequel November 29, 2010
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I was hopeful the sequel to 'Killing Red' would be at least as good as the first and I got my wish. Perez stuck with his straightforward style and character building nature and came out with a sequel better than the first. I truly enjoy his main character Alex Chapa as I identify with him as a father and hope Perez continues to write about him. I just downloaded 'Floaters' which is a novella collaboration with J.A. Konrath and includes Perez's Chapa character and am looking forward to enjoying it, but I'm certain it will not satisfy my need for more Chapa based novels.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Believable? September 19, 2010
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Mourn the Living was a fun read, but not very believable. I think every death-defying event possible was escaped by the investigative reporter, Chapa. There were just too many crammed into one novel. The story jumped from one event to the next without much purpose. It was really not very cohesive. His relationship with his daughter and his lover were just minimally touched on. I also found it hard to believe that he was a better detective than the police and the F B I and had to save their lives. It was very suspenseful, but needed more character study and more reality.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommend.
Could've used better character development. Overall, pretty good read.
Published 1 month ago by MelO
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A well written, tense, taught thriller. Perez is a gifted writer. Take this one to the beach this summer and enjoy.
Published 5 months ago by S. Meier
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls Apart Midway And Stretches Credibility
The first third or so of this book had me thinking it would be a 5-star read. The premise is interesting, with the decline of the newspaper business, small town politics, and a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Darcia Helle
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick read
a few more gory details than I needed..but entertaining anyhow and a very quick read. Left the door open for a sequel...
Published 13 months ago by DHC
5.0 out of 5 stars Mourn the Livin
My first time reading this author's work.....it was soooo suspenseful...couldn't put this book down. Looking forward to reading many more of Mr. Perez' books.
Published 17 months ago by sistagirl
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
A great book, I really enjoy the Alex Chapa books. It's a tense and compelling thriller. Well written and very entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Read more
Published 18 months ago by CP
2.0 out of 5 stars At least it was free.
I was surprised to find out that this Kindle book was over 300 pages. Even more so that I read all of it. Read more
Published on June 2, 2012 by HarmonyWind
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but rambling at times
I read Perez's first book and enjoyed it a great deal. I am an avid reader of such fare. So, I bought this one with high expectations. Read more
Published on April 9, 2011 by Araxiel
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing and an unsympathetic protagonist
I am in complete agreement with the other two star reviewers in that it is hard to fathom a universe in which anyone would consider this a 5 star book. Read more
Published on February 5, 2011 by Robert Sweeney
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story - way too much drift in the telling
Lost interest several times because of the extensive & belabored detail of each moment.
I really had to work at getting myself back to reading - but the story was good and I... Read more
Published on January 10, 2011 by JB
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More About the Author

Henry Perez was born in Havana, Cuba at the height of the Cold War. He immigrated with his family from Cuba to the U.S. at a young age. He has been writing stories as long as he can remember. In early 2008 Henry signed a two book deal with Kensington. Mourn the Living was released in 2010 and quickly became a Kindle bestseller. His debut thriller, Killing Red, was published in 2009 to outstanding reviews.

He co-authored with J.A. Konrath the novella Floaters, which features Alex Chapa and Chicago Police Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels.

Henry has worked as a television and video producer, a tv news cameraman, and a newspaper reporter. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and daughters, where he is currently at work on his next novel.


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