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While Galileo Preys (An Esme Stuart Novel) Mass Market Paperback – August 24, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
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!
And when she did, two things happened:
--It created a division between her and her husband since he wanted her to have nothing to do with her former life.
--It brought her close friend and mentor back into her life, who immediately began to beg for her help and return to the FBI.
There was a reason that the FBI needed her, Esme Stuart could analyze what was happening and begin to see patterns. Then she would her unique skills, that were never limited by logic, and begin to develop not only reasons, but potential future actions. And those type of skills were very much needed because Galileo, who had named himself, was preying across the United States, targeting police, firemen and other public service employees. His body count increased...and the follow up showed that every bullet hit its mark.
He never missed his target...
Until he stood over Esme Stuart with his gun pointing at her head...
Esme had agreed to come in as an consultant only for a short period, to analyze the case files and work toward developing a theory. And she did!
But her theory would cause major political problems if they were to pursue it and those in control refused to accept her suggestions for investigation, surveillance and action. Then Galileo was brilliant in his strategy to set up a situation so that everybody would be away from the main office. Only Esme was there when he broke into the main office to get information. During her attempt to escape from him, she was seriously hurt. And when she woke up in the hospital, she could not believe that Galileo had not pulled the trigger of the gun he had pointed!
As the count continued to rise, the FBI team was being criticized by everybody. Tom Piper, her former boss, was calling Esme at home where she had returned after leaving the hospital, but Esme had begun to ignore his calls since he had refused to accept her unwillingness to return. She had already told him what she had learned and had projected for future locations. And they were coming true...
The trail was following the locations where a candidate for the presidency was traveling! By that time, though, there were further problems between Esme and Rafe, her husband, especially since his father was there babysitting and doing every thing possible to make Esme look bad for leaving her family in the first place! But when both the candidate and Galileo came to their home town, there was no longer an option for anyone...
Joshua Corin explores how an individual can be affected by traumatic events in which he has participated and learned too much so that he loses his former belief system. Galileo had left his first message, "If there were a God, He would have stopped me." His reason for doing what he was doing was now logical actions to him. This potentially real-life drama has an underlying message that must be heard, in my opinion. Will anybody listen?
No matter what, this fast-paced thriller is sure to keep readers actively following the action through to the last page, especially the changes in Esme's life!
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It's a murder-mystery, but there isn't a lot of mystery to the story - it's all pretty much up front.Read more