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- Print Length: 180 pages
- Publication Date: March 4, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007H21EFO
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The Surreal Killer (Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Camera–check. Extra batteries–check. Tour book–check.
Handgun and extra ammo–check.
It seems that vacationing with Suzanne Foster and Roger Bowman is not for everyone. Just getting past security at the airport would be an adventure.
However, the two of them, a husband-and-wife detective team, are not going south of the Equator for fun and relaxation. At the request of their friend Eduardo, who has his fingers in many intelligence and counter-intelligence interests, they are attending a conference of scientists in Lima, Peru, to help track a killer.
Along with the sleuthing, there are plenty of opportunities to bask in the South American climate, eat the local fare, and see a number of tourist destinations–along with some areas they would rather not have seen.
Those would be the places where the corpses were – um – displayed. Well, what was left of them,, anyway.
The only thing that is known is that the killer has struck wherever these meetings were held–thus the connection. The rest is left up to Roger and Suzanne, and their brilliant deductive talents.
Part murder mystery, part travel log–it would be difficult to see how these two could possibly go together. But, like peanut butter and chocolate, this story works.
We go from one to another, with occasional diversions into the mind of the killer, easily and seamlessly. A fiction book where one can learn about the culture and lives of another country, while trying to end a killing spree–totally brilliant! I really liked the concept.
As with any good mystery, there are a lot of suspects, several dangerous situations, a time when one of them is unwittingly close to being killed–and the conclusion of the story, where all is revealed and the deductions of the various sleuths bring it all to a very satisfying finale.
I look forward to reading more from Mr. Last. His books have a very original flavor to them.
The serial killer plot is believable and well crafted with an interesting twist. The author, instead of going for the gore and splash, is focused on the deductive process, a much more cerebral process. There is a great deal of fascinating detail about the culture and people of several South American countries and cities as well as truly vivid descriptions of the land and the Inca history and culture.
My biggest personal "like" about this book is the fact the author did not have the one female investigator do something careless/stupid and almost become a victim, only to be rescued at the last minute.
My one personal criticism is that the habit of a pun between the main characters before going to sleep seemed a little too much of a good thing ... by halfway through the book I was skipping them.
I loved Roger and Suzanne Bowman and appreciate the author's skill in writing a strong female character. Suzanne is a biochemist and uses her education and savvy to help her private detective husband solve a string of gruesome killings. The internal thoughts of the serial killer held me in suspense and anticipation.
Procedurally the book is brilliant. I'm aware international policy is different when it comes to investigations but Last has done his research and I am now a fan. I have not read the first or second book in the series so this can be read as a standalone novel. I'm anticipating the other books and then future reading in this exciting new mystery adventure.
A great, intelligent read. Last writes well and I didn't stop reading until I finished.
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I'll admit this is not my favourite Roger and Suzanne mystery, but it kept me reading to the...Read more