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Red Angel: A Dark Thriller (The Criminally Insane Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Clegg
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Oh, to be young, handsome -- and criminally insane. He calls himself Abraxas. Written on his skin: Suffer the Children to Come Unto Me. New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg releases a new and relentless serial killer -- the Red Angel -- within this page-turning thrill ride into paranormal suspense and psychological terror, set at a hospital for criminal justice in sun-drenched southern California.

Among the neighborhoods full of lovely palm trees and clear blue swimming pools of California, a new killer is hunting. Pursued by rookie cop Jane Laymon and psychologist Trey Campbell, this murderer's pathology may be linked to inmate Michael Scoleri -- AKA Abraxas -- at the Darden State Hospital for Criminal Justice.

Do they communicate with their minds?

The young man in the straitjacket doesn't want the Red Angel to be caught. But his skin holds the name of an upcoming victim. And up on Moon Lake, in the San Bernardino mountains, a terrifying killer plans to descend into the valley to find his next victim.

For fans of James Patterson, Dean Koontz and Thomas Harris.

"Douglas Clegg knows exactly what scares us, and he knows how to twist those fears into hair-raising chills..." -- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times Bestselling Author.

The Criminally Insane Series:



Book #1, Bad Karma
Book #2, Red Angel
Book #3, Night Cage


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The premise of Harper's grisly thriller is so derivative it's almost amusing: a hero with a troubled past must catch a vicious serial killer, but to do so, he has to enlist the help of an equally vicious, insane genius currently being held in a maximum security prison. (Fava beans, anyone?) Despite the obvious debt to Thomas Harris, the book is enjoyable in its own right, largely thanks to a pair of likable protagonists: Trey Campbell, a corrections officer who has just returned to the job after a harrowing experience with a female inmate (a story told in Harper's previous book, Bad Karma), and Jane Laymon, a rookie police officer whose current case focuses on the Red Angel, a killer who ties bird wings to his young victims. Campbell discovers the connection between the killer and Michael Scoleri, a ruthless sociopath currently housed in Program 28, the last resort for the inmates at the sprawling Darden State Hospital. Somehow, Scoleri knows what the Angel is doing and who the next victim will be. Harper does what few writers in this genre do: he paints a vivid picture of his physical setting, giving it background and context. The final showdown is perfectly paced, although it leads up to a finale that, again, recalls Silence of the Lambs. Harper is a pseudonym for bestselling horror author Douglas Clegg.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 617 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Alkemara Press (April 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TOITLM
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,427 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 Tight suspense and enough gore to keep the this fan happy! September 15, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I just finished reading Red Angel. It was one heckuva tight read! The pace is great and the action just keeps coming. This book also manages to hold the interest of the reader even when the weapon wielding killer isn't doing his worst. Some of the books that I've read involving the "criminally insane" get so into the psychological aspect of the crimes that the book loses some of its energy. Not so in Red Angel! Andrew Harper just lets the crazies be crazies and the blood flows freely from that point on. I loved this book - can't say enough good about it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harper returns with a grisly thrill ride! December 12, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Andrew Harper (Douglas Clegg's alter ego)returns with a not-inclusive sequel to BAD KARMA with RED ANGEL. The idea behind these books is to craft a fast-paced, character driven story that you can read in 2-3 sittings. And Harper demands that you stay with the story with enough twist and turns to dare you to try and quit reading. The he throws in enough character development to flesh out the main players all the while twisting your stomach with gut wrenching scenes of torture and murder! The plot is straight forward, the climax worthwhile and most importantly, the characters stay true throughout the novel...they don't have a revelation that is "smart" or "cute". This is lean prose by a master writer. I would recommend any of Douglas Clegg's books after you finish this one....the Clegg books are more richly woven tales but RED ANGEL is a showcase of a imaginative writer on top of his craft!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense Disturbing Thriller October 4, 2003
By Matt
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A fitting sequel to Bad Karma from the same author (a pseudonym for horror author Douglas Clegg). You don't have to have read Bad Karma to read Red Angel -- they both stand independently, though they share a character. But Red Angel is a tense, disturbing, serial-killer thriller that makes you turn the pages so fast you'll have finished the book before you know it. Highly recommended, and definitely a real chiller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strong thriller September 18, 2003
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After being attacked by an escaped mental patient in his own home who threatened his wife and children, Troy Campbell needed plenty of time to recuperate both physically and mentally. Now the psychiatric Technician and Supervisor of D ward at the maximum security hospital of Darden State is ready to tackle the six inmates of Program 28, Sexual Sadistic Predator Violent Sociopath Level seven. One of the worst of these offenders is Michael Scoleri, a man who has the looks of a choirboy but the heart of a monster.
Somehow, some way, Scoleri is getting messages from the Red Devil, a disorganized psychopath who is kidnapping young children, drugging them, than drowning them. Before he dumps their dead bodies he attaches bloody wings to their necks, fastened with a coat hanger. His latest victim is the son of Darden State psychiatrist Elise Conroy and she intends to use Scoleri to track down the Red Devil in defiance of all the rules with only the help of Troy Campbell.
Andrew Harper is the one of the best crime thriller writers of the decade just as Douglass Glegg, Harper's alter ego, is a master of horror. RED ANGEL is not for the faint of heart because there are some very gory and visually graphic scenes. The protagonist is a good and noble person who wants to know how a sociopath comes into being, a trait that causes him to become involved in dangerous situations. If this book is an example, Leisure's new line of thrillers will be a smashing success.
Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel of Death September 20, 2003
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Red Angel
by
Andrew Harper
Program 28, Ward D., Darden State Hospital for Criminal Justice, the Thrill- Kill row as it is called, houses the most dangerous psychopaths incarcerated on the West Coast. But in the Inland Empire area of Southern California around San Pascal, Redlands and Riverside, a killer, known as the Red Angel, continues to elude the authorities, striking again and again in broad daylight, preying upon the most innocent of victims, young children.
In Ward D., one of the patients, Michael Scoleri, who calls himself Abraxas, the true God, claims to be in telepathic communication with the killer. When the young son of a forensic psychiatrist at Darden State becomes the Red Angel's latest victim, Scoleri offers to help authorities for a price. With time running out, the decision must be made whether to wait and hope the killer is captured in time, or to trust Scoleri, a brutal murderer and rapist, to lead them to the Red Angel.
Andrew Harper, the bestselling author of BAD KARMA, knows our worst nightmares, and he aims straight for the heart. Building layer upon layer of tension, Harper calls upon his extensive knowledge of investigative and forensic procedure to bring characters to life in this fast-paced thriller. Readers are mesmerized as a seemingly invisible monster invades quiet communities, kidnapping children and sacrificing them to his own god. Intense and terrifying, RED ANGEL is dark suspense at its best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chiller December 3, 2003
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Tery has to find the killer before he kills his next child. But does trey have to use psychopath to catchone? Find out in this wonderful, fasted paced book. It gets you hooked and you wont beable to put it down. So pick up RED ANGEL!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pulse-Pounding Suspense from a Master! September 5, 2003
By A Customer
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The pages just seemed to fly by in yet another great story about Darden State Hospital by Andrew Harper. The imagery, locale and characters are portrayed so realistically that you almost feel this is a real place, one that you just know exists. There is so much to love about Andrew Harper's writing (i.e., Douglas Clegg), that each time one of his books is published, I immediately have to put aside anything else I'm reading to get to his. He has a way of evoking a time and place that puts you right in the middle of the story - that makes you feel as if you're living it. Hopefully, there will be more about the inmates and workers of Darden State . . . . and Harrow House, too!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
I LOVE these kind of books. This series is AWESOME! Definitely read if you're into serial killer books. I read it all in a day, couldn't put it down!!!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many grammatical errors.
Great story but the frequent grammatical errors, such as "the Red Angels family took him in. They're got close" are very distracting. Did anyone proofread the manuscript?
Published 5 months ago by BaggageKeeper
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This Book!
The best thing about this book is the fact that there are two more in the series, so when you are finished reading one, you do not have to be disappointed! Go on to the next one!!! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Debra A. Lenker
5.0 out of 5 stars Number 2 filled with chills and action
This number 2 in this series which I feel should not stand alone to get full enjoyment out of the stories but read all 3 in order. Read more
Published 19 months ago by eve salkind
2.0 out of 5 stars Red Angel - A Dark Thriller of the Criminally Insane, Book #2
I do not write reviews on a regular basis, that being said, I personally did not like this particular book only because of the minute details of EVERYTHING non-essential to the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by R. Tatum
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange
This was hard for me to wrap my mind around and keep up with. It left me feeling disjointed, somber..
Published 21 months ago by darlyne beaudoin
5.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Glegg is a great thriller writer.
I LOVED this book. It is second in a series about psychopaths that have become serial killers. The book portrays their mental health issues as well as the danger within the minds... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Dianedk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Douglas Clegg keeps you in his spell. I could not put it down. Cant wait to read Book #3 of the Criminally Insane Series.
Published 21 months ago by Gina Holiway
5.0 out of 5 stars Read them all!
I read all of the Criminally Insane series and couldn't put any of them down. I was hesitant at first to choose a book with a criminally insane theme, but I'm glad I did. Read more
Published on April 9, 2013 by fergus
4.0 out of 5 stars A good follow up to book #1.
This series is a really good read. Well written with good character development and plot. It Will keep you reading !
Published on February 3, 2013 by R. Balakir
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