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Olsen is a master of writing about crimeboth real and imagined --Kitsap Sun (Bremerton WA)

Thrilling suspense. --Peninsula Gateway (Gig Harbor WA)

Olsen knows how to write a terrifying story. --The Daily Vanguard (Portland OR --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Throughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.

A New York Times bestselling author, Olsen has written eight nonfiction books, five novels, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.

The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has also appeared on Dateline NBC, William Shatner's Aftermath, Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News; CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen's Snapped, Court TV's Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E's Biography.

The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington's Secretary of State for the book's contribution to Washington state history and culture.

All of his books are available in the Kindle format.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078602044X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786020447
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I live in rural Washington State (about a mile as the crow flies from Starvation Heights). I've wrapped up my ninth novel -- a serial killer thriller coming out in November 2014. It's called The Girl in the Woods. I've been a guest on Dateline NBC, NPR, Good Morning America, The Early Show, FOX News; CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, Snapped, Deadly Women, William Shatner's Aftermath, and A&E's Biography.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By blondie on July 28, 2010
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Victim 6 by Greg Olson is a thrill ride. There is a serial killer on the loose in Washington state who targets young women who seemingly have nothing in common. Detectives Kendall Stark and Josh Anderson are doing their best o piece together the actions of this deranged serial killer and catch him. A young reporter, Serenity also finds her way into the mix and plays with fire by receiving phone calls from the killer.

I thought it was predictable but also thrilling and scary. I may have slept with the light on after finishing it. It's your run of the mill thriller that would be good for the beach or an airplane. I have no doubt that when I'm in the mood for a creepy, suspenseful book I will read another by Olson.

Warning: some of the scenes were quite violent so if that makes you uncomfortable, I would recommend another book.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Rodney A. Warren on July 6, 2012
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I never want to trash an author. Hell, they are doing something that I wish I could do. That is why I will not trash the author, I will simply tell why I didn't like this book.

The title is Victim Six, so you know that there are going to be at least 6 victims in this book, probably all victims of the same criminal. Well, by the time I had read about Victim 1, and what happened to her, and the reaction of the people of the small town that she lived in, I really didn't want to read any more. But there were still 5 more victims to go.

The subject matter again really doesn't bug me. This book, I would want to say, falls in the neighborhood of American Psycho and Silence of the Lambs. I loved Silence of the Lambs, but I hated American Psycho, and I disliked strongly this book.

I didn't care for killers obviously, but I really didn't care for the protagonists either. The reporter, Serenity, was a stereotypical, do what you need for the story type. The male cop partner, Josh, is also a stereotype. Just too much.

The main character, Kendall, the police detective, is someone who is much more developed, and I did like her and the way she reacted and acted throughout the investigations in the plot line.

I just didn't like the book. I realize that these types of crime exist (this is probably based on murders that took place a few years ago). I just didn't like it.

And the last chapter.... STUPID!!
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Nona on February 7, 2010
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Gregg Olsen's fiction just gets better and better. And his latest, Victim Six, is his best thriller to date.

Serial killings in western Washington state have the community, and especially a tenacious detective and a young journalist, on alert. Is there a pattern? Who is most in danger? Who is killing people? And... Who is Victim Six?

Each reader has a tough decision to make - whether to race through to answer all the questions or whether to slow down and savor the plot twists, the characters and the language. Either way, Victim Six is a great read.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Brady on May 14, 2011
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This is the first book I've purchased by Gregg Olsen and I did so based on the reviews. I like "these types" of books. There are not enough adjectives to describe how truly disgusting this book is. In addition to the perverse nature of ever chapter, the story was difficult to follow. The story jumps around so much, I found myself going back to figure out who the characters were. There is no suspense about who's responsible. The questions of "why" were never answered and the ending is as predictable as a cut-rate horror film. I am ashamed for reading the entire book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 10, 2010
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With some lurid prose and an edgy story Gregg Olsen plunges his readers into the mind and actions of a sadistic killer who is terrorizing the Puget Sound in Washington State. The victims appear to be selected at random, the manner in which the victims are dispatched are both spine-chilling and repugnant. There is no killer acting with an uncontrolled murderous rage in Olsen's tale. No, this killer and his willing accomplice enjoy taking their sweet time stalking and imprisoning their prey then leisurely acting out their erotic sexual fantasies and inflicting as much terror and suffering as possible on each victim. These are truly a couple of sick puppies.

The identity of the perpetrators is obvious to the reader fairly early in the story. There are many clues, not the least of which is the multiple telephone calls placed by the killer to a local newspaper woman who is tracking the story. She and the two detectives investigating the case seem to be overextended or just plain lazy as they fumble around unable or unwilling to follow the clues and put two and two together.

While VICTIM SIX is a book that is guaranteed to titillate and may appeal to those with a taste for the truly gruesome it was just a little to sick for my reading taste. If, however, the master/slave relationship of Alton Coleman and Debra Brown are your cup of tea or Jeffrey Dahmer's rampage piques your interest, this novel will be right up your alley.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Shellie Cohagan on February 8, 2010
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I enjoyed reading this book and did so in about a day. I wasnt able to put the thing down. I grew up in Kitsap County, Port Orchard is my home town. As I read this book, it was exciting to know that when he was writing about the courthouse, ITS OUR COURTHOUSE. Everything was true to the lay out of Port Orchard. This book was so real to me that in the morning when I woke up, I got onto our local papers website, like I do every morning and was expecting to read something new about the "Kitsap Cutter". In response to the jerk who suggested that Gregg writes his own reviews, get real. Gregg is a wonderful author. He does not need to write his own good reviews. Thats what fans of his work are for. Of which I am one. And that is very offensive. If you have no proof....well you know what they say about when you assume things. Gregg, keep up the great work. We are all so proud of you. Don't let the uninformed few ruin it. You are greatly successful. We love you and we can't wait for the next book.

Shellie
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