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The Scavenger's Daughter: A Tyler West Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Mike McIntyre
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Book Description

Disgraced newsman Tyler West is desperate for a scoop that will save his career. When he investigates the baffling deaths of several of San Diego's elite, he uncovers a common link: torture devices not used since the Dark Ages. Plunged into a mysterious world of medieval torture scholars, antiquities collectors and sadomasochists, he must break the brilliantly conceived series of slayings that has cast a dark shadow over a city better known for its sun, sand and surf. The elusive killer goes by the name Friar Tom, in tribute to his hero, Tomás de Torquemada, the first Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition. As Ty scrambles to unmask the monstrous zealot, he is drawn into a lethal game of cat and mouse that could cost him everything.

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About the Author

Mike McIntyre, a former columnist for the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, is also the author of three travelogues--The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America, an account of his coast-to-coast journey with no money, The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World, and The Distance Between: A Travel Memoir. He lives in San Diego.

Product Details

  • File Size: 786 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kite Press (December 27, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HFS3VW
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read February 5, 2011
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I just finished reading The Scavengers Daughter and had to share my comments so you don't miss out on a fabulous read. A combination thriller/mystery/horror, this book starts out with a gripping prologue and launches straight into action with the first of its high-profile victims. McIntyre spares us no mercy in the vivid detail he gives of each torture method inflicted on his victims. The tension builds in every chapter - and there are a lot of them.

Set in San Diego, Southern California, the story dives into the gruesome world of medieval torture inflicted by a modern day killer. Investigative reporter, Tyler West continually defies the police in a desperate search for the sadomasochist, Friar Tom, before he loses everything that matters to him.

The Scavengers Daughter is an involved, complicated plot expertly woven together to create a fantastic, suspenseful read. The chapters are short, the pace is fast and furious, and the reader is immediately hooked right up to the end. The characters are realistic, well developed and likable, even with their flaws. The villain, despite his cruel and dire passion for torture, is believable and convincing.

I didn't want this book to end.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giving James Patterson a run for his money... February 15, 2011
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This book is phenominal. Seriously.

The characters are all wonderfully developed. No two-dimensionality here! I love that no one is all good or all bad. The hero has his flaws. The "bad guy" isn't all bad- or at least he didn't start out all bad. The reader is a witness to his descent into madness. The characters all wrestle with shades of grey. They make mistakes.

I also really, really enjoyed the alternating points of view. I thought it was a great way to present the story. And also, I love the fact that it was done properly. I've read just too many stories with point of view problems, and it is so refreshing to see it done well.

The author's descriptions were not overdone, yet he managed to give enough detail so the reader knows exactly what's going on. Also, the details and descriptions of the serial killer and his torture were not overboard. It was enough so that I knew was was going to happen and how, but not so much that I couldn't even read it. I have read other thriller novels that I absolutely could not continue because everything was described in horrific, graphic detail. This is NOT the case here. The author never describes in detail the actual act of murder or torture. He leaves something to the imagination. It's a wonderful balance between too much info and not enough. This reader thouroughly appreciated it.

I am looking forward to future books from Mr. McIntyre. I'm confident they will be equally wonderful.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great thrill ride! May 16, 2011
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After being suspended from the paper, Pulitzer prize winning journalist Ty West is desperate to revive his career. Luckily for him, there's a medieval serial killer on the loose in San Diego, and Ty is uniquely situated to get all the scoops. With some serious perseverance and a bit of luck, everything seems to be going his way. But things can change in an instant. Chasing down this story may be the most dangerous story of his career, and one false move means Ty stands to lose everything that's ever mattered to him.

A former columnist himself, the author seems to know his way around newspaper business (love the "Wheaties test"). The characterization in this book is well done, and the richness of the detail serves to pull the reader into the story. In fact, I'm a little frightened of the author, due to the impeccable research he's put into the character of Friar Tom. The information about the instruments of torture is exquisite, and really adds to the storyline. Somehow, the author manages to make such a wild storyline believable, and the result is a riveting, and frightening, tale. Told in both first person (Ty) and third person (Friar Tom), it's easy to follow the plot as it builds to its inevitable conclusion.

This was a book I found really difficult to put down. I began reading it on Sunday morning, and I could hardly be parted from my reader all day long until I finished the book. It was engrossing and well- written. I'm a big fan of Michael Connelly's books, and I think Ty West may be Harry Bosch's biggest competition. The twists in the story were easy to follow, and I never was lost or confused about what had happened.

Originally posted @ GraceKrispy's MotherLode review blog
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Should Have Been Warned... April 19, 2013
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...when one of the 5 star reviews compared this book to a James Patterson product.

Sometimes you have to suspend disbelief to get into a book. I would have had to suspend disbelief and 50 IQ points to enjoy this book. I really wanted to like it; it had been recommended to me by an author I know. I guess the recommendation was just more "scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" flacking that has become so prevalent in writing the last 25 years or so.

If you like mindless stories that introduce you to an edgy lifestyle, crossed with a sadist serial killer (Another? Sheesh.) you will probably like this book. I couldn't get past chapter 9 (of 120).

When younger I prided myself on finishing every book I started; not anymore. There are too many good writers, to many good books, for me to waste my time on pablum.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars more like a romance novel
Gory with some humor but obvious. I knew the ending by the second chapter.
A simplistic mix of heart throb, last minute savior and torture.
Published 1 month ago by R. Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read
The story holds you you fast to the page. Non stop thrills! Very entertaining but not gory or off putting. He does well in this category of thrilling entertainment .
Published 1 month ago by Charlee
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced reading
Found this book to be well written with a good story line. It really was imaginative. Likable characters, fast pace story. Hard to put down.
Published 1 month ago by dlg
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very thrilling
Published 1 month ago by Don
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Excellent read, well paced and fun. A very enjoyable book - highly recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Dale E. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it was excellent
Published 1 month ago by Helen Malchan-Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
This book was a terrific read. It kept me interested from the first page. Loved the main characters and their interaction with each other. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars could not put it down
Very good plot & story. Should write more stories with the main character.,,
Published 2 months ago by Mark Tiras
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!
This book is easy reading not as tense as one would expect, flows easily,a quick read. Not really a get your teeth into mystery. Characters enjoyable.
Published 2 months ago by Claudia Feltus
5.0 out of 5 stars good Sunday afternoon read
Great, quick read for a Sunday afternoon on the beach. Characters and plot believable. Entertaining, draws you in and can complete the book in a day.
Published 2 months ago by Marcia Davis
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More About the Author

Mike McIntyre bounced around a lot as a child. As an adult, nothing's changed. He's lived, worked and traveled in eighty countries. His newest book is The Distance Between, a travel memoir about his three decades of wanderlust. His other travelogues are The Wander Year and The Kindness of Strangers, which was featured on Oprah. He's also the author of the crime novel The Scavenger's Daughter. After earning degrees from the University of California, Davis, and the University of Michigan, he turned to journalism, writing for the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. He's a frequent visitor to Scotland, where he indulges his passion for links golf. When not traveling, he lives in San Diego with his wife and cat.

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