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Good to the Last Kiss (Crimes of the Depraved Mind) Hardcover – July 1, 2011
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"The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, The Lying Game. Pre-order today
Tierney (Bullet Beach, 2011, etc.) serves up a dark, twisty little gem in which a pair of embittered detectives and a not-quite-dead victim combine irresistibly. Inspectors Gratelli and McClellan are grizzled, rumpled and, often enough, despairing members of SFPD Homicide. This is truer of pot-bellied, nicotine-stained McClellan than it is of quieter, tougher-grained Gratelli, who has somehow managed to craft a coping mechanism. Not so his partner, whose world view has grown almost insupportably bleak. "It's the survival of the sickest," he insists, commenting on their daily work product. Moreover, both are depressingly aware that their colleagues--those smartly dressed, brainy new men--think of them as has-beens. So when they're shunted aside, relegated to what seems a minor piece of a major investigation, they don't like it, but they're hardly surprised. A serial killer has been battening on the city's young women, beating, raping and murdering them, then marking each with his signature, a roughly carved flower. Julia Bateman, too, has been beaten, raped and marked, but not quite murdered. Comatose, she clings to life. Will she prove to be the serial killer's downfall? Certainly they don't come much braver than Julia. Or more dogged than Gratelli. Every year the genre has its Goliaths, bigger and better ballyhooed than this modest entry. Come Edgar time, however, Tierney's well-written, tidily plotted, character-driven David of a book deserves to be remembered. -- Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2011
About the Author
Ronald Tierney has been nominated for the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award for Best First Novel, and "Booklist" describes his series featuring semi-retired private investigator "Deets" Shanahan as "packed with new angles and delights." Before writing mysteries, Tierney was founding editor of "NUVO", an Indianapolis alternative newspaper, and the editor of several other periodicals. Ronald lives in San Francisco, where he continues to write. For more information, visit www.ronaldtierney.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The reader gets to know Vincent Gratelli on a far more detailed level then in any of the death series books that Gratelli appears in, who he is as a person and what his background is. Gratelli is a more likable character as the reader gets to know his frailty's. In the San Francisco series Gratelli is a fairly gruff character.
As with most of Tierney's books he does a good job of describing locations and their social make-ups. Tierney's has a way of describing locations that give the reader an exact picture of that location and for those that have visited those locations you realize they are spot on.
Tierney takes the reader deep into the mind of a narcissistic serial murder. You realize who the murderer is fairly early in the book which makes this story so much more chilling when you get into the psychological aspects of the killers mind. You get a close up view of who the unsuspecting victim's is going to be and you root for them to escape but all the while knowing what their horrific end is going to be.
Tierney often shifts characters and locations from one paragraph to the next which is a tool he uses to keep the reader guessing as to where the story is going to go in the next paragraph as apposed to authors who do major scene\character changes on chapter changes.
I liked this story. Tierney writes with a certain beauty in location description and he gives the reader a well rounded view of the characters and will give the reader nightmares about his overall depiction of a serial killer. However the best part of the book is the way the story ends. It caught me completely off guard.
That committed suicide was not a surprise. The two
Stanford Boys were full of personality defects.
The only sane person appeared to be Julia and the
Effects of her Iowa rearing. The main character
The thin large handed detective seem to always
Carry the ball and make the reader turn the page.
Paul added some nice fluff!