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They Never Die Quietly [Kindle Edition]

D.M. Annechino
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They Never Die Quietly tells the story of homicide Detective Sami Rizzo, who is assigned to head a task force investigating serial killings in San Diego. Simon, the highly intelligent, cunning, and deceptively charming villain, redefines the depths of human evil. He believes God has given him absolute authority to purify his unholy victims through a ritual that ends in a grisly crucifixion. Driven by warped religious beliefs and guided by his dead mother, very much alive in his subconscious, Simon abducts “chosen ones” and holds them captive in a Room of Redemption. There, the victims helplessly await their crucifixion. Detective Rizzo urgently yearns to solve the case and gain the respect of her male colleagues, but her obsession to apprehend the killer on her own clouds her thinking. When Simon outsmarts Rizzo and captures her, determined to make her his next victim, she must employ all her resources—both physical and intellectual—to outwit the villain at his own game.


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About the Author

Daniel Annechino’s passion has always been fiction, particularly thrillers. He wrote several novels early in his writing career, but it wasn’t until he authored "They Never Die Quietly” that he fulfilled his goal as a novelist. A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer. He loves to cook, enjoys a glass of vintage wine, and spends lots of leisure time on the warm beaches of Southern California. He is currently working on a sequel titled “Resuscitation”, which he promises will be even more chilling than “They Never Die Quietly”.

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PROLOGUE

I lie naked on the makeshift crucifix. Along the underside of my arms, down my spine, against the back of my thighs, I can feel splinters from the rough-sawn wood prickling my tender skin. My arms and ankles are bound to the crucifix with clothesline. I try to inhale a breath of the damp air, but my lungs feel oppressed, as if a heavy weight lay on my chest. My heart pounds against my ribs. He straddles my shivering body. My captor. A monster like no other. For an instant his wide-open eyes glance at my breasts. I cringe at the thought of him touching me. Then, he studies my face, searching for something; I don't know what. Perhaps he wishes to taste my fear, sip it like fine wine. I try to convince myself that this is a nightmare, that all I know about life and death and reality will exist when I awaken. But I will not awaken. I look into his eyes and see not a man, but my executioner. I no longer sob, or ask for mercy. My plea only serves to inspire and excite him. And I will not give him that satisfaction.

So this is how I will die.

I turn my head slightly and see my daughter lying on the bed. She sleeps peacefully, unaware that she will never see me again. He promises not to harm her if I do not resist, but I find little solace in his pledge. He is holding a hammer in one hand and a shinny spike in the other. I cannot imagine the level of pain I will experience when he drives the cold steel through my wrists and feet. If God is truly merciful, maybe He will lead me to a sanctuary of unconsciousness and spare me the agony.

Why does he hesitate? His pause only serves to further torment me. But yes, this is part of his game.

I fear death of course, the unknown, but the true terror lives in my still-alert mind. No one will recall my name. Linda Cassidy will be remembered as an obscure woman who made a poor choice when her car broke down. My life, all of my accomplishments and contributions to my family will fade to oblivion.


Product Details

  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982555032
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (February 16, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002WGC8K0
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109 of 113 people found the following review helpful
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I was so excited for this book to arrive that I stayed up last night finishing it.

The characters are first rate, explained well, and (for the most part) stay consistent. The book moves along at a pretty good clip--not stopping for you to catch up but its so well written you won't be left behind. From the first couple of words written you will be hooked (line and sinker) and you'll feel compelled to keep going to discover if tragedy awaits or if Rizzo will be able to outsmart a killer.

The killer in this case, Simon, is portrayed so distinctly that you feel as if you were watching a movie of him in your head. The fact that you get inside his head and his victims head is nothing short of genius that will give you heart palpitations. I literally could feel my adrenalin pumping and my heart racing as my eyes continued to devour this novel.

I must admit to having a passing thought about the author--this book is spooky and I kind of wondered what mind could dream this up you know? So clearly there is MUCH talent here in the writer--research was definitely done.

I will say the only thing that could knock this down a bit (I really would give it 4 1/2 stars) is that Detective Rizzo made a judgement choice that I did not feel suited her or how her character was portrayed early on. I had a very hard time believing she would make that choice (you'll know when you read the book) and even with the authors explanation I found it hard to swallow. Why is it always the female detectives that make a stupid judgement call? It was enough to knock it down half a star for me but I rounded up because the tension was just superb--you really cannot put this book down!
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161 of 172 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliché-Ridden and Formulaic February 18, 2010
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I wanted to like "They Never Die Quietly," I really did. I love the idea that Amazon is releasing work that wasn't published by a major house, and think there are plenty of books out there worthy of getting picked up. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them.

Warning: minor spoilers ahead, though no more than in the publisher's description. That said, the plot basics are simple: Simon, the crazy, religious, killer that was overly-involved with his mom (who he believes is speaking to him from beyond the grave), kills and necro-rapes women in order to cleanse those nasty sinners' souls. All the killing is done in his always-init-capp'd Room of Redemption, where the women are also (surprise!) crucified.

Killer Simon is being hunted by ace chick-detective Sami Rizzo, who is (of course) the only female detective on the squad and is implied to be (also of course) smarter than all the men. Sami and Simon meet coincidentally outside of the investigation (because that happens ALL the time - you know, killers meeting the lead detectives that are hunting them), and Sami begins to suspect, through hard-to-believe leaps of logic and poorly-based assumptions, that Simon may just be the killer. Suspicions she fails to share with her longtime detective partner, Al (who's in love with Sami from afar - of course), which pretty much undercuts that whole "she's smarter than the other guys" thing.

Because she keeps her suspicions to herself, when she goes to Simon's house (without telling ANYONE where she's going), Sami ends up captured by Simon (of course), and stuck in the Room of Redemption. Will she outsmart Simon? Will she get away? Will Al save her? Will the clichés ever stop?
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense but in need of some editing January 20, 2010
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On the first page of this novel there is a note, warning that this novel is not for the faint of heart. There are some gruesome scenes, involving torture, but overall I found them tolerable.

This is a captivating story depicting a serial killer, daring to look into his methods, mind, and background. The author's considerable research is evident. The characters are fully realized and believable, as well as likable. And the serial killer's warped religious thinking is particularly intriguing.

There is suspense a plenty, no doubt about it. I constantly felt compelled to keep reading to find out what was going to happen.

I must add two criticisms. These are not major faults, but to a reader they are distractions.
1. The novel could have benefitted with a bit more careful editing. Some of the word choices just don't work well. I suspect--and I could be wrong about this--that when the author went to use a common phrase in his writing (one bordering on a cliché) he sought to modify it by changing it. Problem is, the substituted word doesn't often work well; it isn't accurate. This means, bottom line, in spots the writing is confusing.
2. Another issue is head-hopping, meaning when an author switches point of view frequently. For example, starting on page 40, The killer is entering his killing room, and he sees his victim. Next paragraph, the victim is looking at the killer (no warning or transition). We see through her eyes for two paragraphs. Then it's back to the killer again. On these two pages (40-41), there are three changes like this. The problem is this is both annoying to a reader and confusing. It's always a bit annoying to change from looking out one character's eyes to another's.
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More About the Author

It wasn't until I hit my 40's that I discovered my God-given talent for the written word. I'm not totally clear on how the first book came about. I wrote it in 1992. I think it was on a dare. I had been working as a General Manager in the retail automotive business, and a colleague suggested that someone should write an intelligent guide on how to buy a car and beat the dealer at his own game. It was a challenge that beckoned me, and for some reason the whole idea excited me. With pen in hand--I didn't own an early computer or word processor back then--I wrote the entire book longhand. I tackled this undertaking without an outline or even the most remote idea how this book would unfold. My approach was totally unorganized and unconventional. I just started writing, and the chapters poured out of my head. I could barely keep pace with my thoughts and ideas. For fear a fresh idea would fade to oblivion, I often had to stop writing long enough to scribble notes about a new idea that popped into my head.

I submitted this manuscript to a literary agent in New York. Less than two weeks later, she called me and told me that Penguin USA offered a $5,000 advance and that she wanted to represent me. In 1992, under the Signet name, Penguin printed this paperback book titled, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, and it sold about 22,000 copies nationwide. Amazing how easy this was, or so I thought. I now decided to write a novel, cash in on it, and launch my career as a successful writer. Boy, was I in for a big surprise.

I really didn't have any compelling ideas for a novel, so I started with a very basic premise: I wanted to write a novel about twin brothers--one good and one evil. Not an original idea, but it was what my creative mind conjured up. The title came to me before I'd written a word: Divided by God. I felt the title was an ingenious play on words. The twins were divided because God had divided one egg into two. And they were divided because one was good and the other evil. Brilliant, I thought.

In spite of my efforts to market, Divided by God, it never got published. Nor did my next thriller, To Climb a Mountain. To say I felt discouraged was an understatement. I now clearly understood how difficult it was for a first-time novelist to break through the impenetrable fortress built around the world of publishing. I realized that I needed to write a truly unique novel; something that would catch the eye of an acquisition editor.

I had no preconceived notions or expectations, nor did I have an idea. But the one thing I knew for certain was that my next and potentially last novel had to be extraordinary and I had to find a way to distinguish it from other thriller novels. I did some research and discovered that the serial killer genre was very strong. But I couldn't imagine writing a serial killer novel. It was totally against my nature. And what I found even more disconcerting was knowing that my serial killer had to make Hannibal Lecter seem like a choirboy if I had any hope of getting noticed in the crowded publishing marketplace.
Well, I got lucky. As I write this bio in March of 2014, to date, Amazon Publishing has published three of my novels: They Never Die Quietly, Resuscitation, and I Do Solemnly Swear. The three books combined have sold 150,000 copies worldwide. I'm not yet hanging up there with the big guns--not even close--but for a skinny kid who nearly flunked English in high school, I think I've done pretty well.

Hypocrisy, my fourth novel was released March of 2014, and A Piece of You, novel number five, should be released later this year. The moral of the story? If you have a passion for writing, don't let rejection hold you back or discourage you. Persevere and remember that rejection is a prerequisite to success. Keep those fingers poised above the keyboard and write, write, write.

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