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Torn Apart Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2010
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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.
Reviewed by Suspense Magazine
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed Shane Gericke's way of weaving all the subplots together and creating a smash ending! This was another one of his books that kept me up until the wee hours of the... Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by Metless
Thanks so much.All the books in his series are very good. Emily is one of the best characters I've met.Published on July 14, 2013 by Barbara A. Jackson
The plot just kept thickening. Everytime I thought about where this story was going to turn, I went left, it went right and dragged me right around that corner with it. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Sheila's Kindle
Torn Apart by Shane Gericke is a great read - thrilling, believable and poetic at times.
Detective Emily Thompson deals with the nastiest of beasts, both real life and... Read more
This is an action-packed thriller that kept me turning the pages right to the end. Definitely a good read. Read morePublished on August 12, 2012 by Anne Trager
I could not stop reading this, once I got started! There are so many subplots and twists and turns and surprises that even a jaded thriller-reader like myself was totally taken... Read morePublished on May 26, 2012 by Dawn
this is the first review i have written. really disappointed with this author. in the last book the son had a begin tumor in his brain this book they said it was a heart... Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by misti tinsley
Prepare yourself for a gritty ride only an experienced journalist can conceive. TORN APART strikes like a viper at a bullet's velocity. Read morePublished on December 24, 2011 by Mark W. Danielson