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Singularity: A Mystery (Sarah Armstrong) Hardcover – June 24, 2008

4.1 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Sarah Armstrong Series

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Casey's solid research, smooth plotting and sensitive depiction of Sarah's relationship with her grieving daughter lift what could've been standard serial-killer fare into poignant, exciting family drama. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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*Starred Review* Sarah and Bill Armstrong were two Texas Rangers in love. But when Bill died in a car accident, Sarah was left to care for their young daughter, Maggie, and carry on with her work. As a criminal profiler and one of only two females on the force, Sarah has had her share of challenges, but none as harrowing as her current case: a feral serial killer striking with increasing frequency in southeastern Texas. The first murders, of a Galveston tycoon and his mistress, appear to be the act of a vengeful lover. But it soon becomes clear from the crime scene—bodies posed as if in rapture with a bloody cross painted on the wall over the bed—that this is the work of a career criminal on a twisted moral mission. When the FBI is called in, Sarah finds a shrewd and attractive partner in Agent David Garrity. Together, the two track clues that lead to the Texas railroad and a group of menacing gangsters known as the Freedom Fighters. Meanwhile, Sarah must cope with a precocious daughter who misses her dad. An impressive fiction debut for true-crime author Casey (She Wanted It All, 2005), whose memorable heroine has brains, moxie, and heart. Happily for readers, this is the first in a series. --Allison Block
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Product Details

  • Series: Sarah Armstrong (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312379501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312379506
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,584,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his Galveston beach house, someone murders affluent Houston businessman Edward Travis Lucas III and his apparent lover attorney Annmarie Knowles; the killer placed the bodies in ritualistic way to maximize the scandal; thius pointing elsewhere. Galveston and Houston Police Departments claim pieces of the investigation; the Texas Rangers and the FBI also insist they have jurisdiction. In front of the media everyone is cooperative, but at the crime scene and elsewhere away from the spotlight, squabbling her begun.

Recently widowed and single mom Texas Ranger profiler Lieutenant Sarah Armstrong works the case along side FBI profiler David Garrity; neither accept the local department's theory that Lucas' wife, Priscilla killed both of them. Instead the two profilers believe a serial killer with a track record in Texas committed the homicides and disguised them to look like a crime of passion. They plan to prove their theory.

This is a terrific Texas police procedural with the jurisdictional war kept in the background rising just enough to make for a strong investigation by the profilers. However, the key to this fine yet standard murder mystery is the grieving mother and daughter as each struggles with the recent death of the man in their lives and that in turn deepens the audience's understanding of the caring mother who uses work as a psychological defense mechanism because she cannot mourn her loss too openly at home; her daughter needs her emotionally strong. Fans will enjoy Kathryn Casey's fine insightful tale.

Harriet Klausner
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This is one of the most exciting, fascinating, and satisfying police procedurals I've read in a long, long time. The book is very well written, and the complexities of the characters are convincingly developed, from the Texas Ranger heroine herself, through her co-workers and competitors, to her family, and to the serial killer. Along the way are revealed interesting details about police procedures, railroad operations, Houston high society, and even astronomy. The climax, the encounter between the police and the criminal, could be called overdone, but after I decided just to "go with the flow", I enjoyed the suspenseful working out of the perilous situation. I'm looking forward eagerly to the next book in the series.
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Profiler Sarah Armstrong knows what it’s like to be in a sticky situation. As a single mother and one of the few female Rangers in Texas history, she has had to work twice as hard to rank among the best cops in the Lone Star State. But when megawealthy businessman Edward Lucas III is found murdered along with his mistress, their bodies posed in grotesque ways, Sara quickly senses that this will be the deadliest case of her career. While others focus the investigation on Lucas’s estranged wife, Sarah disagrees and hunts a suspect only she believes in. Yet nothing in her career could have prepared her for the horror of a young man who believes he has been sent from heaven to massacre innocent people. I promise that this one is a page turner!
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Goodreads Description- Profiler Sarah Armstrong knows what it's like to be in a sticky situation. As a single mother and one of the few female Rangers in Texas history, she has had to work twice as hard to rank among the best cops in the Lone Star State. But when megawealthy businessman Edward Lucas III is found murdered along with his mistress, their bodies posed in grotesque ways, Sara quickly senses that this will be the deadliest case of her career. While others focus the investigation on Lucas's estranged wife, Sarah disagrees and hunts a suspect only she believes in. Yet nothing in her career could have prepared her for the horror of a young man who believes he has been sent from heaven to massacre innocent people. When Sarah picks up on the killer's elusive trail, following his scent all over Texas, the psychopath makes her his next target. And as Sarah closes in, the madman sets his sights on all she holds dear. Singularity features a feisty, funny, and tough heroine and a truly creepy killer, as it races along to a chilling and unexpected climax.

I accidently discovered this author by randomly picking her second book in the Sarah Armstrong trilogy, The Killing Storm. I was so happy with that novel, that I decided to read the other books in the trilogy. This book is fast paced and draws the reader in from page one. I like how the author doesn't waste time describing transitions between scenes and constantly gets to the drama of the story. That is what keeps the pace so fast paced. I love the relationship Sarah has with her daughter and mother and the balance between being a mom and a Ranger is told in a very real way. Basically that the balance is hard, no matter what circumstances you are in.
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Kathryn Casey is perhaps best known for her non-fiction, true crime writings, here she tries her hand at fiction in the account of Sarah Armstrong, a single mother, profiler and member of Texas' most elite group of law men, the Texas Rangers.

The murder of a megawealthy businessman and his mistress leads local police to the man's wife, Sarah sees the work of a serial killer. As other similar murders occur, it appears she is right but she finds herself the object of the killer's obsession. As she gets close to solving the case, the madmen closes in on her and those close to her.

Singularity features a feisty, funny, and tough heroine and a truly creepy killer, as it races along to a chilling and unexpected climax.

I have been a fan of Kathryn Casey's true crime books and was interested in see how she did with a fictional account. Her solid writing skills shine through, and while I cannot say I loved it, I did like it and would recommend it to others. Characters are well drawn and the plot is believable, no wild twists but the increasing depravity of the killer becomes apparent before a pulse raising conclusion. A conclusion that hints there will be more Sarah Armstrong novels. We can only hope and pray and beg.
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