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The Cold Room (Taylor Jackson Novels) Mass Market Paperback – February 16, 2010

4.4 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews

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Ellison's fourth Taylor Jackson thriller finds a serial killer murdering young women in both the United States and Europe. Such an international crime brings New Scotland Yard Detective/profiler James Memphis Highsmythe into the investigation, causing an unexpected hitch in homicide detective Jackson's romantic involvement with fianceÌüe FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin. But personal feelings or no, the trio must pool their resources to find the serial killer known as the Conductor in the United States and Il Macellaio across the Atlantic, before he can strike again. Joyce Bean is perfectly cast; her narration keeps the book moving at a steady pace and infuses the prose with just the right amount of menace and suspense. Her reading of the killer's chance encounter with a young woman destined to become his next victim is chilling. Even when the writing may be a little over the top at times, Bean's performance is down to the ground solid. A Mira paperback.
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Everything a great crime thriller should be. --Allison Brennan on All the Pretty Girls

Fusing gritty cop drama with dark psychological thriller, Ellison distinguishes herself with exceptional character development, consistently breakneck pacing and a sense of authenticity throughout. ----Chicago Tribune on 14
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Product Details

  • Series: Taylor Jackson Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778327140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778327141
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another thriller by JT Ellison. Taylor Jackson is on the hunt for "The Conductor" a killer so sick and twisted...he starves his captives.

When he's finished, he creatively disposes of the body by reenacting scenes from famous paintings. And it seems similar macabre works are being displayed in Europe. Taylor teams up with her fiancé, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, and a New Scotland Yard detective named James "Memphis" Highsmythe, a haunted man who only has eyes for Taylor, to put an end to the Conductor's art collection.

I actually loved this book and was sorry to see the ending. Now to wait another year for a follow up - pure torture. This is the 4th book in her Taylor Jackson series and it is definitely worth the read. Don't Miss it!!!
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An outstanding thriller by J.T. Ellison, that will have the reader gripping the edge of their seat from beginning to end. Filled with total suspense, romance, and raw excitement, this is one book that will be impossible to put down. It's a must-read!............Feeling the turmoil of being demoted, homicide detective Taylor Jackson, was not only livid with the circumstances surrounding her, but she vowed to get even to those responsible if it was the last thing she ever did. While examining a horrid crime scene, she is joined by her fiance, special agent and profiler of the FBI, Dr. John Baldwin, in which he tells her that this could very well be the handiwork of a serial killer, known as the "Butcher". Is it true? Could Baldwin's killer be in Nashville? But things were about to get worse before they even got better, because Taylor was silently being harrassed by an old nemesis, known as the "Pretender", claiming that he would be killing her very soon. With the media naming the recent killer as the "Conductor", it didn't help Taylor any, as she faced the wrath and scrutiny from her boss and the public eye, but as she and Baldwin went deeper into their investigation, another murder was committed of a young woman in Europe, and it was soon established, that there was a connection between that murder and Taylor's current murder case in Nashville. Could it be because of greed, lust, and drugs? Or did it go much deeper than that? Deciding on a course of action, Taylor decided to check out previous cases, all with the same MO, and was stunned with the numerous similarities, but most importantly, how they matched Baldwin's cases right down to a centimeter. What did it all mean? What did she stumble on here? Was the killer sending a message?Read more ›
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A creepy bad guy/guys, and the introduction of a new character (who was mostly annoying), made this one a quick read. I know that new character will show up again, so I hope Ellison makes him more sympathetic in later books. I was interested in the chase in this book, but the extra stuff between Taylor and the British detective was off-putting. And WHEN are Taylor and Baldwin going to get married - or are they?
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The fourth book in the Taylor Jackson series is as riveting as the first three. More about serial killer(s) and more about the Predator. Jackson and Baldwin are up to the eyebrows in interstate and international murders. Then there is Baldwin's British colleague who won't leave Jackson alone believing he can take her from Baldwin -- shame on him! All the more to add tension to an already multiply-tense story. Fascinating characters, obviously detailed forensic and police procedural research (British, Italian and American) and excellent emotional turmoil. Simply excellent!

BTW, these novels can be stand alone; however, if you start from the beginning you will enjoy getting to know the relationships.
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The ending Author's notes by J. T. Ellison regarding her book, The Cold Room, intrigued me. Many readers will find the book "dark" and into an almost taboo subject; it was a welcome addition for me to read her thoughts as she wrote the book, realizing from her research that the issue was far from uncommon--that those who use narcotics as part of their assaults were often mimicking their baser desires.

For necrophilia...

Add that to how and who was committing the horrendous murders, and you have one of the most compelling novels you may have read for quite some time. Fortunately, with the darkness, Ellison's main characters are an exciting team. Think "Closer" but have the couple working side-by-side on a major serial killer case.

Dr. John Baldwin, head of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit had been involved much earlier than Taylor Jackson. They called the killer, The Butcher, as he murder women in Italy, and then, later, in England. When similar, but not quite the same MO was used by a man in Nashville, where Jackson worked for Metro police, they quickly started comparing notes.

The Butcher had first starved the women to death, but had grown impatient and had started to strangle them...He would leave a picture of some piece of famous art with her body.

But the man who was soon called The Conductor, was much more dramatic, setting the stage with classical music and actually posting the bodies to match works by Picasso!

Taylor Jackson is one hot investigator!
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