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The Perfect Death (Detective John Stallings) [Kindle Edition]

James Andrus
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Book Description


Through him, they’ll live forever. His creation will be a testament to their perfection—and to his skill. Each victim has a rare innocence, worthy of being immortalized in his macabre work of art. A beauty worth killing for…


Detective John Stallings can’t avoid getting drawn into his latest investigation. The parallels between the Jacksonville girl who just disappeared and his long-vanished daughter make every discovery a potential clue in his own painful mystery. Then one by one, bodies are discovered—all young women, strangled to fulfill a madman’s obsession…


What began as a missing persons case has become a desperate race to find and stop Stallings’ most ruthless adversary yet. And the closer he gets to the answers, the more there is to fear—from a killer whose bloodlust is growing by the day, and a truth too terrifying to face…


“This book moves with deadly speed and the assured hand of a writer who knows his stuff.” --Michael Connelly



Product Details

  • File Size: 575 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 078602769X
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Books; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JSZP76
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serial Killer with a Twist May 9, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What type of psychotic serial killer searches for the perfect woman, one who is truly special. She cannot be an alcoholic, a drug user, have a bad temperament, etc. She must be innocent. In this case, that killer is Buddy.

Buddy is a glass blower and is searching for the perfect woman to show for eternity. He strangles them and takes their last breath, placing it in one of his specially made glass jars.

Detective John Stallings has a missing daughter of his own, and cannot put that out of his mind while trying to solve these murders of woman. Luckily detective Stallings has a group of various people trying to help capture the killer. Unfortunately, Stallings personal life has gone downhill with the absence of his daughter, his remaining family still needs him.

Keep reading to see if Buddy can complete his goal to fill all his jars, or if the police can stop him in time. Definitely one of a great series to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agree with first review March 6, 2012
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Don't usually read mystery novels (no sex in this one) but this one caught my eye.
Story kept me reading non-stop til the end.
Will order and read James other books and keep looking for the next book in this series.
Terrific read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars little disappointed May 6, 2012
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I want to start by saying, I absolutely loved the first 2 books! I could not put them down and recommended them to EVERYONE. I had per-ordered this book and was excited for it to come out. It was good but just not as good as the 1st 2. This is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super serial killer investigation February 7, 2012
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He calls himself Buddy and considers himself an artist whose milieu being glass so that his models live forever. He also does repairs to pay his bills and find his subjects. With his angelic looks and gentle demeanor, women hire him feeling safe with him. However, Buddy obsesses over completing his masterpiece. To do so he strangles selected females and captures their last grasp of breath inside a glass container customized for that chosen one.

Jacksonville police failed to realize they have a serial killer hunting their citizens. Detectives John Stallings and Patty Levine work the case of missing teenage Leah Tischler that reminds him of his daughter who vanished three years ago when she was sixteen years old Jeanie. When the corpse of a female strangled with Leah's belt is found at a construction site and another body is found in a children's playground, the JPD conclude a serial killer stalks the city. Obsessing Stallings is determined capture this psychopath ASAP, but knows that it will take a lot of luck to find this man who blends so well when in society.

The third Stallings Jacksonville thriller (see The Perfect Woman and The Perfect Prey) is a super serial killer investigation. Stallings knows time has run out for the next victim and though he feels helpless to prevent her death, he refuses to quit. He and his Jacksonville Sheriff's Department Missing Persons partner Levine are dedicated, diligent detectives who never give up once on a case though his hope to recover Jeanie ebbs and flows with his official workload. Faster than the speed of light, James Andrus provides an exciting tale as "art" steals life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read February 12, 2013
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I bought this book because the author works in my city and thought it would be a nice read and I was right!!!!! Great book! Can't wait to read more of your books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Death March 12, 2012
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As soon as the book was released I had to read it! This is his 3rd book and I look forward to the next.
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2.0 out of 5 stars So-so Book July 4, 2014
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I liked the previous two books by Andrus but this one dragged. The editor missed some obvious errors (referencing a Chrysler 300, then calling it a Charger in another). There were several grammatical errors and missing words in the Kindle version. A disappointing read, but maybe not all the fault of the author.
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More About the Author

As a law-enforcement officer I often read police novels and notice more what's missing than what's on the page. When I started writing this series featuring Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Detective John Stallings ,it was my hope to show police officers as more than just robots that enforce the law. No, you can't go on the job without thinking about your family just like you can't go home without bringing a little bit of the job with you, no matter how hard you try. John stallings is like a detective I know; Honest, ethical and clueless when it comes to relationships.

The investigation of a potential serial killer is an entirely different dynamic than a standard homicide. Not only is there the drive to solve a murder but the pressure to prevent another. The confluence of administration, media, investigation and family can create a pressure cooker few cops can survive. Someone always loses. Sometimes it's the neglected child, sometimes it's the investigation and sometimes it's the spouse who sits at home and wonders why this particular investigation appears to be more important than home life.

As a career law enforcement officer, I rarely watch TV crime shows. This is not an indictment of how well written or acted they may be, but more an odd feeling of how different my life is from the cops on TV. That's why I am so gratified when I get an e-mail from a reader who is a real life cop and gets what I'm trying to say in these series of books.

The next book in the series is due for release in the Fall of 2011. It will follow the investigation of a killer as well as clues to Stallings' missing daughter which emerge during the case.

Thank you for taking the time to check out the books in this short commentary. For more information please visit www.James Andrus I really appreciate the fan e-mail I've received and make every effort to answer it personally.


James Andrus

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