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Seven Ways to Die Paperback – March 8, 2012
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Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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In some respects, "Seven Ways" is a throwback to Diehl's first novel, "Sharkey's Machine," with the benefit of thirty years of improved police technology. In "Machine," a lone Atlanta cop assembled an ad hoc "machine" of fellow cops to solve one complicated case; in "Seven Ways," the New York Police Department has formed an elite unit that solves the spectacular cases the regular cops can't. The unit has a number of forensic, legal, and investigative specialists and is led by a brilliant detective, Micah Cody, the youngest captain ever in the NYPD. Their current case is spectacular. A prominent investment banker has been found murdered in his apartment, bound, naked, and with his body drained of blood. Further, the killer seems familiar with police procedure and is playing games with the evidence to disguise some of the forensic details of the killings.
Cody thinks they've got a serial killer on their hands and he is soon proven correct, as other bodies start turning up, posed in a similar fashion to the first victim.Read more ›
But there's more here than merely the pursuit of what appears to be, at the outset, an intelligent, remorseless psychopath. Cody relies heavily on his Native American past in the course of his hunting. Charley, his dog, is a memorable canine who will play a unique role in the story, up to and including its final pages.
As one might expect in a story with serial killing at its core, there are bound to be grisly happenings, in this instance enhanced executions by the perpetrator, revealed mostly second hand on the autopsy table. And, also not unexpectedly, sex plays a role in the drama, with one pressure cooker scene that becomes an important element in the story.
Add to that a bit of woo-woo traced back to Cody's boyhood, a charming love story, and a plot where many readers will spot the perpetrator early on. That last feature, and the fact that the killer combines unbelievable luck with an uncanny ability to deceive, does no real damage to the story line. This is truly a police procedural at its best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sad that this author has passed on, but this novel is a testament to his skills and a legacy that will live on. An exciting thriller you will find hard to put down !! Read morePublished 16 days ago by jui49
This is a well written and well woven mystery. Although personally I could have (and did), skip the three some. Mr. Diehl"s talent will be missed.Published 1 month ago by janet s.
The basic plot is somewhat convoluted; and some of the logic is elusive.
Perhaps the original author had intended to clean up the content some more before he passed away? Read more
Intensely suspenseful and a view into a very sick mind. That's one aspect of this book. The other is the TAZ team and it's closeness. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DJB
Sad to learn that William Diehl passed away...wished he had time to write a sequel to Thai Horse...
Seven ways to die was very entertaining.... Read more
Very much enjoyed this book. I've enjoyed several of his books and will now read the others. Many thanks, WD.Published 13 months ago by SD