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Posted May 29, 2012
Book where you don't knowwhether to root for the cop or the killer
Pedofile in LA are being killed by homeless man, now deranged, but a former special forces soldier. He is pursued by a veteran LA homicide cop who has confliciting emotions about catching the killer.
This story is told from the POV of both the cop and the killer, alternating back and forth between the two. There are also some relationship subplots, and new partners joining forces.
The book gives us some good insight into the life of a homicide cop and the toll it takes on his life seeing the worst of the human condition on a daily basis. It chanes the way he views the world concerning his own relationships and it's easier to see why the suicide rate is so high among this group although this is not part of this story.
The killer has the POV of a zealot who believes he is helping to rid the world of evi which exists there. Using his skills leaned in special forces, it is easy to see how he dispatches his victims leaving little at the crime scene. He is smart and uses the library internet to correctly identify his vicitms and the story does not digress into killing the wrong person.
Part of the setting detail is learning about different styles of child molesters, how clever some of them are, and how they use our legal system to protect themselves. In the telling it is easy to see how a child can be duped into going with them, and how quickly it can happen. Scary to those of us who have children and grandchildren.
It is a well crafted story, quite long for this genre, but the story does not sag in the middle. You don't know how the story is going to end and can see several scenarios which the writer likely considered.
A book worth reading.
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