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Torn Apart Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2010

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Bestselling author Shane Gericke has been held at knifepoint, hit by lightning, and shaken the cold sweaty hand of Liberace. He was born to write thriller novels! His latest is The Fury, a sweeping novel of global terrorism endorsed by such literary superstars as Steve Berry and Rambo creator David Morrell. Tantor Media will release The Fury in trade paperback print, eBook, and audiobook on September 4. Additionally, Shane’s entire backlist—Torn Apart, Cut to the Bone, and Blown Away—is being re-published with jazzy new covers and format from New Word City (eBooks) and Mandevilla Press (trade paperback print). For readers unfamiliar with Shane’s work, Torn Apart was shortlisted for the prestigious Thriller Award for Best Novel, and named a Book of the Year by Suspense Magazine. His debut novel, Blown Away, was selected as the year’s Best First Mystery by RT Book Reviews, which also named his Cut to the Bone a Top Pick. Shane is a national bestseller in print and Kindle, and his books have been translated into German, Chinese, Turkish, and Slovak, allowing him to correspond with readers around the world. Yes, he has the fan photos to prove it. Shane, whose last name is improbably pronounced YER-kee, spent twenty-five years as a newspaper editor, most prominently at the Chicago Sun-Times, before jumping into fiction. He keeps his hand in nonfiction by writing for digital media. An original member of International Thriller Writers, he was chairman of the ThrillerFest literary festival in New York City and founding director of its agent-author matching program, PitchFest. He’s judged the Edgar, Thriller, MWA, and St. Martin’s awards, and belongs to Mystery Writers of America and the Society of Midland Authors. He lives in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, the home of world-famous detective Dick Tracy, with whom Shane shares no resemblance except steely jaw and manly visage. Please visit him at www.shanegericke.com, www.thefurybook.com, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and Goodreads. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786020393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786020393
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,318,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Torn Apart" is the latest novel written by Shane Gericke. Shane throws the reader in the driver's seat with no brakes from page one. The setting of the book is divided up into two areas, central Wisconsin and Naperville, Illinois.

Four killers, who name themselves after zodiac signs, begin the crime spree by working with a man called Cash Maxximus. The zodiac quartet kills a young girl and dumps her body in central Wisconsin, but not before they have a shoot out with a local officer. Cash Maxximus is a child porn/slavery runner and drug dealer, that gets his victims hooked on a new, designer drug called Katrina.

Detective Emily Thompson lives in the quiet Chicago suburb of Naperville, IL where violent crime is non-existent. Emily is tracking a serial killer named "Hacksaw" who is sending her body parts in the mail. Police Officer Robert Hawkins (Hawk) is a father in desperate need of raising four million dollars to save his daughters life and will do anything to get the money.

Shane brings all these storylines into one gripping climax. "Torn Apart" is not just a fast-paced thriller; Shane takes the book into light speed. He does an outstanding job of weaving many different subplots into one, all while breathing life into his characters. With a hint of romance and a no nonsense thrill ride, "Torn Apart" should be considered one of the best books to hit the shelves in 2010.

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Four thugs working for child pornographer, white slaver and drug dealer Cash Maxximus kidnap a teen and have sex with her. They give her a designer drug named Katrina, which takes only one dose to make someone addicted. The foursome plays too rough and kills their victim. Without a thought they dispose of the corpse off a bridge in Wisconsin. When they stop to change a tire, local Sheriff Spencer Abbott checks them out; they kill him and dump his body into the river before leaving for Naperville, Illinois.

The Hawkman serial killer is sending body parts to Naperville Detective Emily Thompson Even though she is afraid she persuades her husband Marty to go hunting. . The leader of the crooks Karl Dittmer kidnaps the two children of Emily's partner; she rescues one of the kids, but the killer gets away with the other. NPD is on full search and rescue while detective Robert Hawkins needs one million dollars to save the life of his little girl through experimental therapy. He finesses the Katrina from Dittmer and sells it back to Maxximus. Marty finds Abbott who gives him the names of the killers while Emily is trapped by the Hawkman leading to another NPD officer rescue attempt.

Putting aside Naperville being the murder capital, the third police procedural (see Cut to the Bone and Blown Away) is a complicated thriller with several subplots that Shane Gericke effortlessly blends into a strong story line. The villains are perverts who have no qualms about molesting little girls before giving them to a sexual slave trader to sell to other psycho sex predators. Emily is a dedicated cop who will work outside of legal limitations if the case like these required extraordinary rendition.

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Much like a car accident I couldn't look away. This book threw in everything but the kitchen sink. This is no great book but if your seeking violence and mayhem this is the one for you.
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There are three elements to a good thriller: pace, suspense and high stakes. And with the great thrillers we also get a depth of character and point-of-view. Shane Gericke gives us all of these and more. Torn Apart is a complex, yet lightning-fast plot weaving together related subplots and characters with breathtaking momentum leading up to an explosive climax.
Strong female detective Emily being teased by a serial murderer who's sending her body parts; four white trash killers kidnapping young girls for porn and slavery, and couriering drugs; a corrupt cop trying to save his daughter who needs treatment costing $3 million. These and a host of other characters, including a wily old stag (yes, a deer) make the plot buzz along at a pace that any author would be pressed to match. This is a story I carried around until I'd finished it.
I'd say Shane would have to be one of the tightest writers of prose in the business. He constantly surprises with his use of strong verbs. In fact, I'd consider him the Prince of Strong Verbs.
So, if you want a book that is a great example of modern writing style with a fast pace, great plot, suspense and depth of character, this is your next read!
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This is an excellent thriller. I read mystery/thrillers almost exclusively and I loved it. Only one problem. I got about 50 pages into it and I was confused by some of the characters - especially what had happened to them in the past. I think Gericke writes great stuff, but did not do a good job of "catching you up" on the characters. I found the first two books used (Blown Away and Cut to the Bone)and they are outstanding. But, I really think you have to read them first...
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Given the rave reviews, I was excited to read this book. However, I have found the book to be too graphic/violent. I really don't want to read about how several men are beating etc. a woman they have captured. If that type of book is disturbing for you, it might be better to choose another book.

While I do read murder mysteries routinely, and thrillers sometimes, this book was just too much for me. Couldn't get past the first chapter or two.
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