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Mourn The Living [Kindle Edition]

Henry Perez
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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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  • File Size: 780 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle; 1 edition (July 22, 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: #258,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 18 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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls Apart Midway And Stretches Credibility March 6, 2014
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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 vigilante killer. I liked Alex's character and was with him in his quest for answers.

At least that's how I felt at the start. Then things started to unravel and severely stretched credibility. Apparently, every cop in the town either hates Alex and wants to see him suffer, or is completely inept. Or both. Alex becomes some sort of superhero, able to survive and conquer most anything. He seems to be the only person able to put the pieces together and no one wants to believe he's onto something. He needs to do the cops' job as well as his own in order to save the world. That's how the second half felt to me. I had to force myself to keep reading and to stop rolling my eyes.

Another issue I had with this book is a stylistic choice of the author. Perez writes in the traditional third person past tense for most of the book, but the killer's parts are written in first person present tense. I am not a fan of the switch in tenses. In general, I do not like first person present tense, and I find the switch in tenses throughout a story jolting. It can feel like two completely different stories when done this way.

Overall, while the plot is interesting and the writing itself is good, I found the story and characters stretched credibility to the point of fantasy.
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it alot..
Published 14 days ago by Kendra
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book great writer can't wait for more from him
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Chapa
This thriller has a compelling main character. The minor characters are realistic - painfully so at times. The interactions with the daughter are touching. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tai Chi
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommend.
Could've used better character development. Overall, pretty good read.
Published 10 months 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 14 months ago by S. Meier
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 22 months ago by DHC
5.0 out of 5 stars Mourn the Livin
My first time reading this author's was soooo suspenseful...couldn't put this book down. Looking forward to reading many more of Mr. Perez' books.
Published on March 20, 2013 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 on March 4, 2013 by Seapee
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
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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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