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Where Serpents Lie Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1900
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"The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
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What novelist T. Jefferson Parker does so well in Where Serpents Lie (and in such previous high-octane outings as Laguna Heat and Pacific Beat) is to bind his characters tightly to the territory in which they live and die--the mostly scorched and urbanized but occasionally still pristine turf of Southern California's Orange County. When he's not running the Crimes Against Youth unit at the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Terry Naughton sits in a cave in Laguna Canyon, drinking tequila, smoking cigars, and trying to understand the twisted mind of a particularly vicious child molester called The Horridus. The serpents of the title are real, as is the terror Parker manages to evoke with the intense power of his writing. "I knew that there was no way that Lauren would ever have her childhood replaced with a better one," Naughton says about a 9- year-old girl sold for sex by her parents. "Lauren had the resigned eyes and the aura of passive invincibility found in nearly all children who have escaped to the last place they can go--to the private, silent cave of their own selves." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
In his sixth thriller (after The Triggerman's Dance, Hyperion, 1996), Parker returns to Orange County, California, where cop Terry Naughton, head of Crimes Against Youth, a division he helped create, is fiercely trying to track down a creepy pedophile who calls himself Horridus (as in Crotalus horridus, or timber rattlesnake) before he kills one of the young girls that he has kidnapped. It seems that besides child pornography and rape, Horridus is also into snakes?really big, hungry snakes?and there's evidence that he has used these "pets" to dispose of victims in the past. But Naughton's case is thrown into limbo when he's arrested for pedophilia after damning photographs show up in a police raid. Was he set up, or are the photos genuine, as the FBI claims they are? This taut police procedural mixes high suspense with believable characters; it's a real page-turner. Recommended for all fiction collections.?Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, Ind.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Spoiler alert: There is no way that a snake eats a person (yes a large snake can eat a small child or person) and digest all of it, but the skull and leave it intact so that it can be identified. This is a constrictor, the bones are crushed while killing pray. What isn't crushed during this process are crushed while they are digested and work their way through the snake. It is basic biology. When it is finished digesting, there are different poop colors, white for calcium and other colors depending on what was eaten. Complete, intact bones are not expelled from the snake after digestion. I have seen enough with my son's snakes over the years and have yet to see a bone. His snakes eat small rodents. No, I don't particularly care for snakes either. I tolerate them.
Spoiler Alert: This book also deals with children being kidnapped and/or killed by a pedophile. There is a lot of pedophile type stuff written about in this book. Yes, I know it is out there. Yes, I know it exists. Yes, I knew it when I bought the book. I just wasn't expecting as much and as detailed as it was. I almost stopped reading the book because of it. The children depicted start out very young, like 2-3 years old. Just be aware.
All in all, I think this is one of his lesser works and I have read a lot of them over the years. I was disappointed, but I did finish the book. I kept hoping that it would get better.
A serial child abduction case develops involving an offender who abducted young girls from their beds at night and releases them unharmed with hoods over their heads dressed in lace. The word "HORRIDUS" is printed on the duct tape that covers the victims mouth. The word in Latin means "rough"but is commonly used as the Latin name for Rattlesnake. One of the victims manages to peek through a hole in the hood and is able to give a rough description of her abductors. However "HORRIDUS" is master of disguise and even reprints his vehicle.
As the number of abductions increase Frank spends more times dealing with the media,especially with a beautiful young
TV reporter who he favors with exclusive information. Just as he is about to pull the evidence together to tighten the noose around his suspect,Frank is confronted with photos of him having compromising sexual acts with an obviously under age girl in scabs on his property. He is immediately suspended from the Sheriff. Dept and his rival,Ish, takes over the investigation. Frank must now rally all his loyal co-workers,old friends,and even "HORRIDUS" to help him prove his innocence and discover who has betrayed him.
Parker will not spare you any details regarding how evil HORRIDUS is and how uses his serpents to dispatch his victims. If you are like me and are able to read and visualize what you read....uh-ooh you may have laundry problems!!
But. what the neck I wanted a thriller and I Got me a 5 ***** !
Best story yet though the errors really take away from the enjoyment of the story.