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- Publication Date: July 27, 2016
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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..
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.
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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*
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.
After a major scandal where her work saw a serial killer walk free to kill again in her name, the public hates her, her new colleagues abhor her and her only daughter despises her. However no one could loathe her more than she loathes herself .
Assigned her first police homicide case she knows this is her chance to somehow absolve herself but she is pretty much left without any support from her fellow police officers.
The killing of a college girl is soon followed by a second and third and the pressure is on. Soon Black finds herself resorting to talking with the only person who may understand..the serial killer she defended in court and ruined her life.
I really enjoyed the characters and the writing style. I shall look forward to reading more titles by author Blake Pierce.
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.
The other characters' attitude to her seemed a little off though. Would she really be so universally hated just for successfuly defending a serial killer in court? Surely people wouldn't expect a successful lawyer to only defend nice people? I could understand if she'd done something underhand or corrupt in the course of the trial, but there was no mention of that. Anyway she handled herself well during the events of this book and I found myself rooting for her.
The only real criticisms I would make are:
- when the cops finally found the connection between all the murder victims, it didn't take them long to track down the killer. My question is why did it take them so long to find the connection? The Hannibal Lecter guy Avery goes to see in prison has to point her towards it, and not because he has some insider info on the killer, but because he figured it out from reading the newspaper. Couldn't she do that herself?
- the killer wasn't really developed. He/she had an interesting and fairly unique theme but we never found out how he/she came to embrace it or why he/she decided to start killing.
Good overall though, definitely recommended.
Great book with even greater back story.
I know fiction books are for escapism and not real like, but, for every false suspect either attempting murder of a police officer or just committing suicide is preposterous. And as for a formal defence attorney becoming a lead detective in 3 years, with such a damning background is ludicrous
Reason I've gave 3 stars is that the writing was good and the characters had been fleshed out ok.
Then hubris, in the form of serial killer Howard Randall, causes her humiliating downfall and the loss of all she took for granted.
Now an ostracised cop, vilified by the press, she claws her way onto Homicide.
With the help of her new partner Ramirez (& reluctantly, that of the Hannibal-Lecter-like Randall), she catches another serial killer at great risk to herself, reclaims her professional reputation and her relationship with daughter Rose.