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"A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page."
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About the Author
- ASIN : B01J882LZG
- Publication date : July 27, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 956 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 193 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #252 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Compare the heroine's visit to the room of a suspect, a Harvard student. She rightly asks "“Can we come in?” “No, we can do this right here” [on the threshold.] Her partner says "Actually, we'd rather come in" and puts his foot in the door, causing the student to comply. There is subsequently a fracas, but no mention by Pierce that because of the illegal entry, the student could reasonably claim innocence.
Police generally are an arrogant bunch, and this book reflects that. But I didn't get the impression that the author regretted the fact.
Then, why did the heroine (a highly successful defense attorney) ever join the BPD? - because she had made one bad error. I doubt that this is realistic. Even if fired from her prestigious law firm, she would in real life have joined another, or formed her own, and worked to restore her damaged reputation.
And then there's the “ Getting input from another serial killer thing.” Mmmm where have I seen that before? Still, after all that, it is a work of fiction, so I guess I should be more forgiving. Conclusion? It's a better than average book and well worth a look..
Top reviews from other countries
Main protagonist Avery Black is a cop by default in as much as she was a highly successful lawyer until she won a criminal case that freed the defendant who went on to commit another murder. She is a misfit and she is spurned by her new police colleagues – both superiors and would-be partners. She can be charming and she displays brilliance, but she is more likely to be aggressive, and she repeatedly acts as a loner and ignores protocols. Her relationships are bizarre but without logic she is credited with unearthing clues – not least from meetings with the murderer in jail from her fall from grace as a lawyer. I know it’s fiction – but I found this unbelievable.
The story of ‘Cause to Kill’ is packed with leads that go nowhere, it has numerous dead-ends, it has a variety of twists and turns and red-herrings – but the situations are too surreal – culminating in an unsatisfactory conclusion. Sorry – for me only a 2-star rating.
I enjoyed this story not quite 5 stars, but close, maybe future books will get there.
A new author for me, not for long I will definitely be adding the rest of this series and maybe some of the other series they have written.
Thanks to the Sensational book club on Facebook for drawing my attention to this book.
Ashamed and after her humiliating downfall and divorce from her husband and estrangement from her daughter Rose, Avery decides to enlist in the police academy and try to right the wrongs of her past. In this book she's up against a serial killer who's killing and exsanguinating sorority girls and using taxidermy and finally posing them in certain areas of Boston to be found, the bodies are almost lifelike till you look into their vacant eyes and feel the coldness of these once pretty young girls.
Shunned by her colleagues and the press too Avery has to try and solve these heinous murders while trying to keep her status as a newly promoted lead homicide detective. Watch her weave her way through this case while she has to try and earn her stripes and work as a partner and as part of a team despite being a bit of a maverick loner. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who likes the thriller genre.
I have read a number of books written by this author and I have continued to be impressed by his writing, his knowledge of criminals, crime scenes and law enforcement.
Protagonist Avery Black is a disgraced lawyer who decided to enter the police force to make amends for a fatal error of judgement she made.
At the height of her success she defended a man accused of being a serial killer; got him off and on his release went and committed another murder in Avery’s name. Stating he did it to ‘save her’. The fallout was devastating and Avery lost everything. She vowed to make amends and joins the force and is quickly promoted to detective. Her colleagues do not like her because of her past however she has to win them over when she is put in charge of a murder case. It soon becomes evident that there is a serial killer on the loose and Avery has a find the killer soon before another victim is taken.
Blake Pierce’s writing is brilliant. His novels and not ‘padded out’ to lengthen the story. He has a talent of making the characters believable and bringing them to life on the page.
Definitely worthy of 5*