- File Size: 815 KB
- Print Length: 232 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: www.robertwalkerbooks.com (April 18, 2010)
- Publication Date: April 18, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003I64CPM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,494 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Scalpers (Chicago ME Series Bk #2) Kindle Edition
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|Age Level: 12 - 18|
|Grade Level: 8 - 12|
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So I spent a couple days scared out of my wits, thinking I saw the shadow of a little man out of the corner of my eye, just where I couldn't get a really good look.
That's how the victims (the few who survived) in this book felt too -- they couldn't quite describe their attackers. It seemed like a hallucination. One man attacks, then he seems to morph into two men, one tall, one small and incredibly hairy, almost a monkey but quite clearly a man.
The attackers are brothers whose very differences bound them together in a twisted weapon wielded against the world in an attempt to "fix" the dwarf brother. They were scalping their victims (hence the title) and killing them in an unholy frenzy. At the beginning of the book, their victim is a female police officer. She survives, but her memories are so strange, she can't really help out her brother officers in their hunt for the Scalpers.
Enter Dean Grant, medical examiner. Grant is a series character for Walker, and each book is just a little grislier than the last. But even Grant, experienced to the point where he should be shock-proof, is horrified by the killings. And he quickly becomes embroiled in the case, providing the reader with a wild ride that, as I said, will keep you awake at night.
As usual, Walker can create the most vile murderers, but still invest them with some tinge of humanity. In this case, the two brothers love each other beyond all reason. Their brotherhood binds them together, then their psychopathy carries them along until their crimes overwhelm their reason. Walker truly created a two-headed beast in Ian and Van.
And lest we get too relaxed, Walker puts a spin on the ending that will leave readers worrying about that dark shadow they almost see when the night is dark and they are all alone. Scary, scary, scary, but a good read with Walker's usual detailed plot.
This book curdled my blood and gave me nightmares so clearly were the characters and scenes depicted.
To see into the minds of the twins Ian and Van is as close to evil as I ever wish to be.