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KILLER (A Jack Rhodes Mystery Book 1) by [Carpenter, Stephen]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 371 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in A Jack Rhodes Mystery (2 Book Series)
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About the Author

Stephen Carpenter created the NBC television series Grimm, and wrote screenplays for Ocean's Eleven, Blue Streak, and other feature films. A graduate of UCLA Film School, Carpenter has also written and directed several thrillers, including Soul Survivors, starring Casey Affleck. His first novel, Killer, was an Amazon Kindle bestseller and dubbed a "blockbuster" by Entertainment Weekly. His latest book, The Grimm Curse Trilogy, was published in 2013 by Amazon.

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  • File Size: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publication Date: June 25, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TZLM3M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I literally could not put this book down. I'm a huge Stephen King fan, but this is even better, I swear. I don't know if it's Carpenter's first book or what, but this guy is amazing. So I hope that he has more of these in him in any case. The ending is fantastic!
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I luckily found this thriller while surfing Amazon before bed and I stayed up to finish it. I can't remember the last time I stayed up to finish an entire novel. If you want a real thriller and a fresh take on the genre you HAVE to buy this. I'll be the first in line to buy the published hardcover. Bravo!
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I'm a mystery-thriller fan and I'm new to the Kindle world, so I didn't know what to expect, but after I read the first couple of pages I was hooked. This book blew me away. I was up all night reading it and I still can't get the characters and the story out of my head. It's like Stephen King meets John Grisham, but it's even darker and weirder than that. I can usually tell how a book is going to end up, but not this time. A definite read. You won't be disappointed.
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Killer, by Stephen Carpenter , Kindle Edition, is a story that should appeal to mystery readers. The story's protagonist is a writer who has published several stories following the grisly escapades of a serial killer. Carpenter's technique in providing the story, is to follow simultaneously the development and actions of the killer and of the protagonist until their actions merge. The killer's development from his early beginnings are believable, as are his actions, and the plot is quite different. The protagonist's actions, although moving the story at a rapid pace, are not always as credible, and especially in his final action scene. However, if a reader is interested in action and not overly bothered by such matters, he/she can pass a few very enjoyable hours.
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I bought this because of the cheap price and high rating. I'm writing this because while it deserves the cheap price, it doesn't deserve the high rating.

One problem I had was that you know who the killer is around the half-way point or maybe earlier. Another problem I had was just the general writing. Now I don't know much about writing, but instead of using the third person omnipresent narrator (Jack went downstairs and opened up his suitcase.) the author goes with the first person present tense.(I go downstairs and open my suitcase.) Things get old real quick, because everything is "I go to the car. I open the door. I reach for my cell phone..."

Also, a lot of the ideas and 'techniques' in this book have been done in other stories, (the DaVinci Code, etc.) and sound old here.

Another problem is that you figure out the 'who' 'how' and 'why' around halfway through the book. You know who the killer is, how they did everything, and even why they did it. So the end half of the reading is just so you can finish the thing. And that's pretty much all you end up doing, reading from one tired event to the next.

I think if you've read a lot of thrillers, this book probably wouldn't appeal much to you because you've probably heard and seen it all somewhere else. On the other hand, if you read other genres and jump into this, the lack of decent prose might turn you off. (This is probably junior high school level difficulty, if that much).

But, at $2.99 what else could you expect?
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I whipped through this thriller in two days (which is fast for me). This was quite the enjoyable page-turner. The basic plotline is original (although perhaps just barely plausible), but I bought into it. As I progressed through the book, I could feel I was reading the work of a screenwriter (loaded with action and told in a frenetic pace), and that only made the ride more wild. This is a great freshman effort, and I'm anxious to see what Carpenter comes up with next. If you are looking for a fun crime thriller, give Killer a shot.
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First off, let me explain my 5 star rating: I am not a literary critic, and I am not going to analyze in retrospect what Hitchcock called "refrigerator questions". This book is meant to entertain, and entertain me it did. It helps if you are a fast reader - you will get swept away with the action and you can graciously overlook a few details that might take you otherwise out of the moment.

I will do my best not to indulge in going too much into detail as not to reveal any spoilers to the readers who haven't had the pleasure yet of enjoying this thriller.

Before I sat down to write this review I quickly checked on the few negative assessments KILLER received. My first thought was, `Wow, now there are some individuals with personal grudges'. Mr. Carpenter, you pissed some people off. I doubt that their vile reviews had much to do with the book itself. The mid-level raters are mainly concerned with personal taste of diction and storytelling, and how the author's style corresponds with their own. I can't argue here, no work of fiction (or non-fiction for that matter) will please every single soul who reads it. For example, somebody complained about the use of "bad language" and an itsy bitsy moment of an intimate encounter. I am grinning as I am writing this. To me it could have gone way further. It was absolutely harmless. You see? It's a matter of individual taste and chutzpah.

Told mostly in a first person narrative, the protagonist, mystery author Jack Rhodes, takes us on fast paced thrill ride, as we discover with him the ultimate nightmare of having the writer's fictitious serial killer coming to life. Is it a copycat? But how can it be?
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