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The Scavenger's Daughter: A Tyler West Mystery by [McIntyre, Mike]
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About the Author

Mike McIntyre, a former columnist for the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, is also the author of three travelogues--The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America, an account of his coast-to-coast journey with no money, The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World, and The Distance Between: A Travel Memoir. He lives in San Diego.

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  • File Size: 786 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kite Press (December 27, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 28, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HFS3VW
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I just finished reading The Scavengers Daughter and had to share my comments so you don't miss out on a fabulous read. A combination thriller/mystery/horror, this book starts out with a gripping prologue and launches straight into action with the first of its high-profile victims. McIntyre spares us no mercy in the vivid detail he gives of each torture method inflicted on his victims. The tension builds in every chapter - and there are a lot of them.

Set in San Diego, Southern California, the story dives into the gruesome world of medieval torture inflicted by a modern day killer. Investigative reporter, Tyler West continually defies the police in a desperate search for the sadomasochist, Friar Tom, before he loses everything that matters to him.

The Scavengers Daughter is an involved, complicated plot expertly woven together to create a fantastic, suspenseful read. The chapters are short, the pace is fast and furious, and the reader is immediately hooked right up to the end. The characters are realistic, well developed and likable, even with their flaws. The villain, despite his cruel and dire passion for torture, is believable and convincing.

I didn't want this book to end.
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This book is phenominal. Seriously.

The characters are all wonderfully developed. No two-dimensionality here! I love that no one is all good or all bad. The hero has his flaws. The "bad guy" isn't all bad- or at least he didn't start out all bad. The reader is a witness to his descent into madness. The characters all wrestle with shades of grey. They make mistakes.

I also really, really enjoyed the alternating points of view. I thought it was a great way to present the story. And also, I love the fact that it was done properly. I've read just too many stories with point of view problems, and it is so refreshing to see it done well.

The author's descriptions were not overdone, yet he managed to give enough detail so the reader knows exactly what's going on. Also, the details and descriptions of the serial killer and his torture were not overboard. It was enough so that I knew was was going to happen and how, but not so much that I couldn't even read it. I have read other thriller novels that I absolutely could not continue because everything was described in horrific, graphic detail. This is NOT the case here. The author never describes in detail the actual act of murder or torture. He leaves something to the imagination. It's a wonderful balance between too much info and not enough. This reader thouroughly appreciated it.

I am looking forward to future books from Mr. McIntyre. I'm confident they will be equally wonderful.
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After being suspended from the paper, Pulitzer prize winning journalist Ty West is desperate to revive his career. Luckily for him, there's a medieval serial killer on the loose in San Diego, and Ty is uniquely situated to get all the scoops. With some serious perseverance and a bit of luck, everything seems to be going his way. But things can change in an instant. Chasing down this story may be the most dangerous story of his career, and one false move means Ty stands to lose everything that's ever mattered to him.

A former columnist himself, the author seems to know his way around newspaper business (love the "Wheaties test"). The characterization in this book is well done, and the richness of the detail serves to pull the reader into the story. In fact, I'm a little frightened of the author, due to the impeccable research he's put into the character of Friar Tom. The information about the instruments of torture is exquisite, and really adds to the storyline. Somehow, the author manages to make such a wild storyline believable, and the result is a riveting, and frightening, tale. Told in both first person (Ty) and third person (Friar Tom), it's easy to follow the plot as it builds to its inevitable conclusion.

This was a book I found really difficult to put down. I began reading it on Sunday morning, and I could hardly be parted from my reader all day long until I finished the book. It was engrossing and well- written. I'm a big fan of Michael Connelly's books, and I think Ty West may be Harry Bosch's biggest competition. The twists in the story were easy to follow, and I never was lost or confused about what had happened.

Originally posted @ GraceKrispy's MotherLode review blog
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A self-appointed inquisitor is exacting a grisly revenge against the San Diego elite using medieval instruments of torture. Such is the premise of "The Scavenger's Daughter" by Mike McIntyre.

I am not a thriller afficionado, but I do have an idea on what I think a thriller should be: the language should be relatively simple (dense phrasing can slow things down), the pace needs to be break-neck (or at least needs to become faster as it progresses), the novel needs to quickly become `unputdownable'.

So do I assess this novel as fitting these three criteria? Absolutely! I devoured "The Scavenger's Daughter" and was left at the end feeling like I'd just watched a thriller at the cinema. For an author of this genre I'm guessing this is pretty high praise.

This novel does not break new ground and the plot is not highly original, but playing it safe has its advantages; why fix what ain't broke? The central character, previously acclaimed, now a bit down on his luck is trying to establish himself again as the investigative reporter du jour. Some seemingly unrelated stories put him on the trail of a sick serial killer. Happy circumstance gifts our hero with contacts in the FBI and forensics - both giving him a helping hand along the way which is quite convenient from a plot point of view. An assistant district attorney ex-girlfriend provides the extra depth and some scattered love scenes (tastefully written).

The pacing was very well done. I was hitting the page turn button rapidly as the novel progressed and the shorter chapters only helped convince me to read "just one more chapter". This is exactly what you need in book of this genre so I would judge the author to have been very successful in this area.
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