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While Galileo Preys (An Esme Stuart Novel) Mass Market Paperback – August 24, 2010
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Sexist overtones mar this otherwise enjoyable thriller. Housewife Esme Stuart closed the door on her promising FBI career when she married Rafe Stuart and moved to idyllic Long Island. Eight years later, their harmonious marriage begins to unravel. When a sniper racks up 14 kills in Atlanta and six more in Texas, injuring Esme's former boss, Esme immediately books a flight to Amarillo, Tex., and joins the hunt for the killer despite Rafe's protests. Her choice and the case's fallout may irreparably damage her perfect life. Esme's daughter, Sophie, exists solely so Rafe can chide Esme for neglecting her, and Corin (Nuclear Winter Wonderland) makes it clear that only Esme's career choices are to blame for her unhappiness, but even readers who dislike this moral will be enthralled by faultless action scenes.
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About the Author
Joshua Corin holds an M.A. in English and an M.A. in theatre from Binghamton University. His first novel, Nuclear Winter Wonderland, was named one of the top ten debut crime novels of 2008. He currently teaches college in Atlanta, Georgia.
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While firmly in the serial killer genre, the story's mystery is ultimately neither the identity of the killer nor the pattern of his crimes but rather his motives. When revealed, they make for a villain we have not seen before, and whose passions and actions become hard to reconcile. Meanwhile, his rampage is described in such a way that the reader is artfully placed into the victims' state of mind, casually going about their lives before suddenly encountering their deaths.
Protagonist Esme Stuart is an interesting creation. As a profiler turned housewife, her whirlwind mind is essentially bottled by the family she loves; I suspect Corin is (skillfully) playing to the reader's own fantasy of being the bystander who solves the crime. Again, Corin shows a talent for natural-sounding interior monologue, with Esme's thoughts jumping from subject to subject and sometimes unearthing key insights within distractions. I was less fond of her family, but the reader is meant to be, I think...Corin makes an effort to show husband Rafe as anchor as well as shackle, but by the fourth domestic squabble I was skimming ahead until the action resumed.
While many stories in this genre dissipate like so many empty calories, Corin's will likely come to mind each time the news presents me with its semi-annual gun massacres. By presenting the perspectives of killer, hero and victim so engagingly, he has left me less able to change the channel and come away clean.
This guy knows how to hook the reader and reel them in.
Eight years ago Esmeralda "Esme" Stuart made a life changing decision to leave fellow special FBI agent and father figure Tom Piper and a career she not only loved, but was also extremely and uniquely efficient at to marry the love of her life, school teacher, Rafe and raise a family in Long Island, New York.
At 38-years old, she knows that Rafe and her daughter, Sophie need her, but her unique abilities of pattern recognition that led to capturing the bad guys in the past was sorely needed by Tom and the agency now. Without a clue of why or where he will strike next, an unknown expert sniper and virtuous killing machine coded named Galileo is on the loose murdering those who society depends on for our safety and future. The decision she makes may result in the loss of her family by divorce or death.
What will happen to her and her family? Will she consult with the FBI and catch the killer or will she become a target and sentence herself and family to death in the process?
Read this fast paced captivating suspense thriller to find out. You will be glad you did! Enjoy!
Seven years before Esme married Rafe, a professor of sociology and a history buff. She had fallen in love with him on a blind date that he wasn't even suppose to be on. They found excitement and love and ended up married. He asked her to leave her job with the FBI and they moved to Oyster Bay where she now lives with Rafe and their daughter, Sophia.
But a serial killer is on the loose and his killing is to be the thing that drags Esme back into a lifestyle that Rafe does not want her in. But when her mentor / father figure, Tom Piper, calls and asks for her help how can she refuse. That's part of who she is, loyal to her mentor and former colleagues. But Rafe wants to know whether she believes in her family or not, doesn't she love them? Why does she have to put her life in harms way?
Then the question of duty hits, Esme has a special gift of being able to climb into a crime scene and figure out things that other agents overlook. She is good at what she does. She wouldn't come back for just anything, but this man, Galileo, is killing not just one or two people at a time but dozens at a time. Esme needs to do this for her family, for herself, for her mentor and maybe for the country.
What will keep you off pace will be who ends up dying chapter after chapter. No one is safe. Not even Esme who may pay the ultimate price.
As the search for the killer goes on Corbin will introduce the usual number of people who know something but withhold vital information. One is the head of a Religious Non-Profit that dabbles in financially supporting political figures. One is the campaign manager for Governor Bob Kellerman who is the potential next President of the United States. One is Assistant Director Trumbull of the FBI who should be in a hospital dying of cancer, but instead he stays at work and maybe creates more problems than he is worth.
In the end Tom Piper and his team pay the ultimate sacrifice to bring Galileo's killing to an end. But how that happens will surprise you and keep you wanting to turn pages until you get to the end.
I couldn't put the book down. My one disclaimer, the author seems, as other authors today seem, to be unable to show the frustration of a character without using a certain four letter word. Many of you who read my reviews like good novels. I think this one is exceptional, I just personally would like to see writers use better English skills to make their points than a four letter word.
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