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Book 1 of 10 in the A Vigilante Series

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"This book grabs you by the throat and pulls you into it from the very beginning." Youngblood Hawke - Author of 'The Coven Conspiracy'

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Claude Bouchard (April 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981279007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981279008
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,742,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR*


I was born in Montreal, Canada, at a very young age, where I still live with my spouse, Joanne, under the watchful eye of Krystalle and Midnight, two black females of the feline persuasion. In a former life, I completed my studies at McGill University and worked in various management capacities for a handful of firms for countless years. From there, considering my extensive background in human resources and finance, it was a logical leap in my career path to stay home and write crime thrillers.

My first stab at writing was actually in 1995, the result being my first novel, "Vigilante". Two others of the same series followed by 1997 but all three remained dormant until publication in 2009. Since, besides writing a stand-alone, seven other thrillers have joined the VIGILANTE series. I also penned "Something's Cooking", a faux-erotica parody and cookbook under the pseudonyms Réal E. Hotte and Dasha Sugah. I'm currently working on "Sins in the Sun", the eleventh installment of my series.

Other interests besides writing and subtly persuading people to buy my books include reading, making noise with my six guitars, painting (oil and watercolour), cooking (year round though I love the grill in the summer), traveling and planning to work out soon. I've also been known to sleep on occasion.

You can visit my website at claudebouchardbooks.com which is almost as fun as DisneyLand and absolutely free.

Customer Reviews

I read the book in a day, I just couldn't put it down!
Coralie Crumrine
Fast pace, interesting characters and the author handled the vigilante theme very well, with enough of a twist to keep you involved.
Sharon
Too many loose ends left so I was disappointed to have vested so much interest.
Silvia Briceno

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137 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany A. Harkleroad VINE VOICE on May 12, 2011
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A serial killer is stalking Montreal during the summer of 1996. But most people show little concern for stopping him. The reason is, this killer only kills the bad guys. Criminals, deadbeat, pimps, punks, rapists, drug dealers, that is who this vigilante killer is after. And while at times the police force feel these lowlifes get justice, they must find the person responsible for these killings. When the cops team up with a high tech computer security firm, several interesting suspects are brought to light.

I have to say, this is probably the best mystery/thriller book I have ever read, and I am now hungry for more books in this series! First off, I will say the character development was superb. There are several main characters involved in the storyline, and each one is developed in their own time and pacing, as is relevant to the story. I felt like I really knew the characters well, and was certain I had the mystery solved.

The mystery aspect of the plot is so incredibly well written. There are, like any good mystery, some red herrings thrown in, and done so skillfully that I was completely duped, thinking I was so smart for figuring out so early into the story who the killer actually was. The ending, and the reveal of the killer's identity hit me like a ton of bricks, as I never expected it. The last sentence of the book made me shiver with delight.

If more mysteries were this well written, I could become a full time mystery reader. Absolutely fabulous story, one that had me up in the middle of the night reading, just to find out if my hunch was true.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Julia Keane on August 29, 2011
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I bought this book because I was curious about the writing of Claude Bouchard. I had no idea what to expect and I was hooked at the prologue. This well written suspense novel should be on the shelves of every fiction reader that I know. From the character development to the great scene descriptions, I could easily visualize each place and character. This would make a great movie. Can't wait to get my next book in the series....back to shopping now....
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By William Skipper on March 29, 2012
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Bad guys are getting the axe, and Detective Dave McCall enlists the support of computer genius Chris Barry to hunt down the eponymous Vigilante.

It's a pretty straight-forward idea for a book, and it makes for a good story with some vivid characters.

However, the prose is clumsy, the narrative is at times murky and the surprise ending doesn't completely satisfy.

It's not a bad first novel, but it's not exactly a masterwork.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Mike Kleinmann on September 12, 2012
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The book starts off with an interesting premise and then beats it to death (pun intended.) There are many situations that make absolutely no sense whatsoever. Very, very strange indeed. The grammar is bad. The use of the word "anyways" is like fingernails on a chalkboard and used 3 times on one page in some instances. The "twist" makes very little sense. This was the first of three I downloaded by this author. I deleted the next two.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LnBen on October 15, 2012
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I stumbled upon this series by pleasant accident. The book was one of many featured on a 'free' today on Kindle ad. I figured...what do I have to lose? What I lost was the next six hours. What a great series opener.

A Vigilante is striking all over the Montreal area. Twenty kills and counting. Lieutenant Dave McCall of the special homicide unit is running out of clues. In desperation he asks for help from cyber crimes investigator Chris Barry.

The twists ant turns in this mystery are masterfully written. It is such a fantastic ending that this reviewer wouldn't dream of giving out a spoiler. But trust me, everyone turns out to be a suspect and everyone is vindicated.

I know the series has been around since 2009 and I am a late arrival; but if you by chance read this review take it to heart. If you like old fashioned mysteries with plenty of plot and plenty of action...READ THIS BOOK 5 well earned stars.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By clm on December 9, 2012
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Otherwise I would have been angry that I spent any money on this at all. I don't see how this gets over 100 4+ reviews. It was badly written, the characters were not well developed, and the police work (where there was any) was laughable. I also suspected the twist at the end. I was not left wanting more.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Giulia on December 2, 2012
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I downloaded this as a free download for Kindle based on the high reviews. Since it was free, I didn't expect much: but the book was even worse than anticipated. It reads as if it were written by an enthusiastic high school student (poor grammar, repetitive sentences, limited vocabulary, predictable and flawed plot elements, shallow characters, etc) and the "twist at the end" was obvious from the start. The female characters epitomize the lack of depth of the work (reflecting in a concrete way the fact that most of them are only referred to as nameless "wives" who appear in brief flashes as inhabitants of the male characters' homes). I kept reading despite myself because, after all, it was free, and I hoped that what seemed so obvious might prove to be false--but sadly, the outcome was as anticipated. It is the kind of book where you predict the final line (literally, the final line) about halfway through the story. Now, I almost never respond to what I read with reviews, but the fact that this book has such a large proportion of 5-star ratings bothered me because I can't imagine that all of those ratings are legitimate when this is clearly an amateur work. That's not to say it doesn't have value as the work of an amateur--but it certainly does not deserve anything close to top ratings. If I had seen this book when it was first written, I'd have suggested the author submit it to a professional for serious editing, or not publish it at all. Perhaps his writing has improved since this one: but now I will never know because, after having read "Vigilante", I am not going to be reading any more by this author.
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