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Book was free- I paid too much
on May 20, 2012
This has got to be one of the most horrible books I've ever read. Let's skip over the lack of characterizations, the ridiculousness of having this many murders without calling in the state police or the FBI, the 'magic Jew' rabbi who conveniently pops up to comfort the idiotic and offensively ignorant heroine, and the stupidity of the local police force, who apparently don't believe in taking statements from potential suspects, using the internet to gain info on people who only moved to town a few years before or taking DNA. No, let's skip all that. What I want to know is this. In what era is this book supposed to be set? Apparently this is a science fiction novel, since fingerprinting would have cleared the serial killer of a crime before he became one. And apparently, we are supposed to believe that cops are dumb enough to believe a self-serving accusation from a person of interest in an accidental death case.
I'm not a police officer, but I watch enough Law and Order episodes to know that police don't shrug off gunshot cases that easily. They check to see who loaded the gun, and they interrogate roommates and friends. They would so this even at a small bible college. So how on earth could any of the events that set up the murder spree even happen? Unless this book is set in a small town in the 1830s, it's highly unbelievable. Actually even for then it would have been unbelievable.
I kept reading this book, hoping it would get better. It didn't. It was a train wreck. And as a person who grew up in a Jewish neighborhood and have known Conservative and Orthodox Jews my entire life, I was appalled at the ignorance in this book. Even more so, this might be the only case of a church and synagogue being near each other where the pastor and rabbi have never had a conversation, and the secretaries have never had lunch. I can't even figure out what sect of Judaism the rabbi is from; apparently the author thinks 'Ashkenazim' is a religious denomination instead of an ethnic one. Thank goodness this book is from an obscure publisher, or it might set ecumenical relations back 50 years.