Singularity (Sarah Armstrong Mysteries) (Volume 1) 1st Edition
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Vanity Fair, SINGULARITY is a recommended read in the magazine's HOT TYPE section!
"Lt. Sarah Armstrong balances the challenges of being the Texas Rangers' lone criminal profiler and a single mom in the riveting fiction debut from true-crime journalist Casey (A Descent into Hell).... 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." Publisher's Weekly, a starred review, PW's highest designation!
"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," wrote Allison Block for Booklist. (SINGULARITY was given a star, indicating it is "outstanding in its genre.")
"Casey is clearly talented and has the makings of a robust and long-lasting series character," the Baltimore Sun
"Not since Patricia Cornwell's 'Postmortem' has a crime author crafted such a stellar series debut. Kathryn Casey hits the right notes in her first novel, 'Singularity,' a thriller with an insider's insight into the minds of psychopaths...think of [Sarah] Armstrong as a blending of Alex Cross and Kay Scarpetta, a tough cookie balancing her new role as a widow. Casey finds sympathy and strength in the female Texas Ranger as she struggles with sexism and politics at the heart of this crime," the Tampa Tribune
"The nuts-and-bolts of profiling -- looking for patterns, digging for similar murders, identifying the signs of pleasure killing -- is given gratifying play: The two profilers' probing of a small community in the Big Thicket with a long-ago matching murder is compelling. The string of murders that later unfold is also vivid, with the victims given poignant depth... Casey keeps a steady momentum building to the end," the Houston Chronicle
"Casey has a deft touch with dialogue and character development," the Cleveland Plain Dealer
"There's a new Ranger in town and she's profiler Sarah Armstrong...Let's hope she'll be around for a good long while...a harrowing debut," says C.J. Box, author of BLUE HEAVEN and BLOOD TRAIL
Deadly Pleasures magazine ranks SINGULARITY as one of the Best First Novels of 2008!
"SINGULARITY starts on a high note and never lets up. Kudos to Kathryn Casey for her creation of Sarah Armstrong, a complex and memorable character sure to appeal to all readers. SINGULARITY is a bright new star in the mystery genre," says Jessica Speart, author of UNSAFE HARBOR, RESTLESS WATER, AND BORDER PREY
"Speaking as a former cop, I'd work a case with Texas Ranger Sarah Armstrong any day. She's a smart and savvy investigator, definitely a force to be reckoned with. More importantly, Casey delivers a strong and chilling novel, proving that she can write fiction with the same compelling authority in which she pens true crime," Robin Burcell, author of COLD CASE, FATAL TRUTH and DEADLY LEGACY
About the Author
- Item Weight : 15 ounces
- Paperback : 316 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0984666257
- ISBN-13 : 978-0984666256
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.72 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Kathryn Casey; 1st Edition (November 12, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,640,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gripe 2: Spoilers in here so stop now in the unlikely event that you want to read this book. Our murderer becomes focused on our protagonist, a female Texas Ranger who is a profiler. Because of this, the chief wants to remove her from the case for her own safety. She argues that the killer can't possibly find her because nothing is in her name and therefore a computer search would reveal nothing. But we've already established that the killer follows his victims. Somehow that doesn't occur to our profiler.
The author could have just started the book with "The killer is going to snatch the heroine's loved ones, somehow surprising her by doing so, but it will all be ok in the end." The story line would not have been any more obvious. Anyone who doesn't see the end of this book by about chapter 3 has obviously never read a murder mystery before.
The characters are well developed and the mystery is well written. It flows very well and was hard to put down. The only issue I had was trying to keep the characters sorted out at the beginning, but that is just my old brain being slow.
The story is told in the first person by the female ranger, Sarah, which I found added to the enjoyment of reading her story.
I recommend this book to everyone.
The first chapter (or maybe it was a prologue) was written from the viewpoint of the depraved criminal. I don't enjoy getting into the heads of people like that, and if it had been for more than one chapter, I wouldn't have continued. But happily, it was just that one chapter. I'm glad, because the book was good!
Read along as they attempt to find enough evidence to prove their theory and at the same time stop a killer. Well worth your time to read.
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This aside, I am looking forward to reading more of this series, I liked Sarah and she has a good attitude as well. The story itself isn't really strange nor startling as it is probably culled from many of her true crime cases I've read but I still greatly enjoyed it. I liked the nickname Sarah has for her daughter, that's sweet. Her little girl had me snivelling at one point as well.
As all Americans do, she has the acronym habit of using them without explanation, forgetting us Brits or other foreigners have not a clue what she means. It would be helpful if she wrote them out properly the first time she uses them, to save us needing to look them up on Google !
I was pretty shocked at the dearth of Texas Rangers, considering the massive area they have to cover !
I liked this a lot and I think she's done well crossing over but hope she still also does her true crime books as well.
I will look for more books -Sarah Armstrong mysteries.
Well done author.