- Series: A Cale Van Waring Adventure (Book 1)
- Paperback: 449 pages
- Publisher: Bridgeway Books (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934454281
- ISBN-13: 978-1934454282
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,540,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Janson Mancheski is a practicing optometrist in both Green Bay and Shawano, Wisconsin, and from 1992 to 1999, he was the team eye doctor for the Green Bay Packers. Mancheski is currently at work on the next Cale Van Waring Adventure.
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When another young woman turns up missing they desperately try to find some clues. Finally they get a break as they discover that a new version of date-rape drugs and chemicals are probably being used to subdue the victim. It is said that evil minds often use brilliant ideas and this killer has found the perfect way to drug his victims right out in the open and steal them away. Creepy! As the story moves along it becomes more critical for Detective VanWaring as the woman in his life turns up missing and time is about to run out for her. Will he save her in time? Are there other forces at play working with "The Chemist?" perhaps even more evil than the abductor? What is behind the abductions? Truly evil wears many faces.
Author, Janson Mancheski, has written a tale of horror that is laced with all the elements of a true life experience. He takes you into the mind of the abductor, giving you a clear view of his hideous thoughts, his deceiving ways, and his complete absence of regard for human life, other than the use it can be to him. It is sickening, yet fascinating at the same time. It makes you wonder how anyone could have no feelings except pleasure at the pain of another human being. And you shake your head knowing there are people in our world that would look at such a man as a hero. What a thought!
Our author also gives enough information on Detective Cale Van Waring, his life, his inner emotions, to bring the character to life. We are shown some of his short-comings, his personal life, and his deep desire to solve the case. His team of detectives, his captain, and the workings of the investigation all were well worked into the story, allowing you to become part of the happenings. In this work, Mr. Mancheski gives us a glimpse into the frustrations of those who are confronted with hideous crimes and have little if any leads to stop the horror. The story brings to light the battles that go on behind the scene, and how some are won and some are loss. We always want crimes solved immediately, and this book definitely shows the battle that goes on to do just that.
This is a real page-turner of a read. The twisted mind of "The Chemist," will remind you that there are those out there who plot harm and destruction for their sheer pleasure. What a scary reminder that is. If you are a fan of serial killer reads, detective stories, murder mysteries, you will love this book. It is well written, showing both the mind and intent of the killer, and the battle of those who fight to stop the evil. Fast paced, tightly written, a book that will leave you more aware of the dangers around you than perhaps you care to know. Well done!
Fans of serial killer fiction will be happy to find that Janson Mancheski's new novel, "The Chemist," includes a worthy addition to that list of killers (although there is doubt as to the ultimate fate of many of his victims) whose crimes fascinate as much as horrify us. Mancheski's serial abductor is very good at what he does, so good, in fact, that there is nothing to make investigators think that the three young women who disappeared the previous spring have anything in common. They, along with their vehicles, have simply vanished. It is only when the headless body of one of the missing women is fished from Lake Michigan and Green Bay detectives learn that the body is filled with date rape drugs that they begin to understand what is happening in their community.
As a new spring begins, and another girl is reported missing, Detective Cale Van Waring faces a race against the clock. He has a hunch that the missing women have been taken, and maybe murdered, by one man but he has no clues, no witnesses, and very little hope that he and his team will be able to identify the kidnapper before he strikes again. What he does have going for him is a dedicated team willing to bend proper police procedure if that might save lives, a police captain willing to shield him from much of the criticism directed at the police for what seems to the public and local politicians as a complete lack of progress on the case, and a low-life willing to trade what little he suspects about the killer for a reduced prison sentence of his own.
Janson Mancheski, a practicing optometrist who was the team eye doctor for the Green Bay Packers for almost a decade, has used his scientific background to write a realistic police procedural that includes many of the best crime thriller elements. His pathological "mad scientist" creates a method of abduction unusual enough to baffle the investigators and leave his victims helpless, a method that readers will recognize as brilliant and terrifying in its inherent simplicity. As Mancheski so clearly demonstrates in "The Chemist," though, good detective work often comes down to the process of elimination as one possibility after another is recognized, investigated, and eliminated from the list of possible solutions. The magic displayed in television crime series seldom, if ever, happens in the real world, making it all the more surprising when a spectacular, high profile offender is finally identified.
"The Chemist" is said to be "A Cale Van Waring Adventure, Book One" and I'm looking forward to the detective's next Green Bay case because Mancheski has created a cast of characters and a world that I enjoyed visiting. I'm curious to see how the relationships change over time, as they do in the best series, and I hope that down the road Van Waring and his crew become old friends of mine.
In this action-packed and well-written book, the police have no clues. "The Chemist" has perfected a chemical mix to knock unconscious his victims, who are young and blond, and a method of abducting them in their cars. He has enlisted the aid of his old college roommate, a Liberian prince who worships Pazuzu, the king of the demons of the wind, who takes the girls out of country. The big break came on a tip given to him by a gang member of the Latin Kings, one of the drug gangs of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Janson Mancheski's "The Chemist" is a well-paced book. He has set up the series well by giving us enough character depth of Van Waring, Dooley, and Stazek, and the relationships these men have with family, co-workers, and their environments, both on duty and off. These men have flaws and that makes them more human and makes this book a very enjoyable read.
Review by Steve (my hubby)