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Overview

In this sequel to Bad Thoughts, Bill Shannon and his ex-wife, Susan,
are reunited and living in Boulder, Colorado. When Shannon is hired to
investigate the brutal murder of two college students, he finds
himself mixed up with evil yoga studios, dangerous Russian mobsters,
and worse! Bad Karma introduces a new hard-boiled PI series with a New
Age twist.

"Detective Bill Shannon, introduced in Bad Thoughts (2007), is back,
and a welcome return it is. .. It’s as though Zeltserman has aimed a
12-gauge sawed-off at smarmy New Age sensitivities and fired off both
barrels. Irony abounds, as Shannon unmasks deviant gurus, evil yoga
studios, Russian gangsters, and guys who use their baseball implements
in socially unacceptable ways. If you liked the first novel in this
series, you’ll love this one." — Elliott Swanson, Booklist

Praise for Dave Zeltserman's Bad Thoughts

"A compellingly clever wheels-within-wheels thriller. An ingenious
plot, skillfully executed" Elliott Swanson, Booklist

"This fast-paced, gritty psychological tale balances the fine line
between mystery and horror" Library Journal

“Bad Thoughts is an ambitious genre-bender combining the paranoia and
existential dread of the best noir with a liberal dash of The Twilight
Zone. Not to be missed.” Poisoned Pen's Booknews

"Dark, brutal, captivating -- this is one hell of a book, the kind of
book that doesn't let go of you once you start it. Dave Zeltserman is
clearly the real deal." Steve Hamilton

"Zeltserman builds upon the events to a bloody climax that will make
readers cheer." Bruce Grossman, Bookgasm

"The reader is gripped immediately and held to the end... solid prose,
dialogue, and construction mark a writer worth watching." Jon Breen,
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

"Fans of Thomas Harris' "The Silence of the Lambs" and other novels
featuring killer/cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter will enjoy Bad
Thoughts." Timothy J. Lockhart, Virginian-Pilot
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Zeltserman's run-of-the-mill second Bill Shannon mystery (after 2007's Bad Thoughts), Shannon, now a PI in Boulder, Colo., investigates the murder of two college students—Taylor Carver and Linda Gibson, bludgeoned to death in the bedroom of the off-campus condo they shared—at the behest of the condo owner, who's being sued for lax security. After his former colleagues on the Boston police force vouch for him, Shannon gets more cooperation from the locals. Meanwhile, the mother of a girl taken in by the True Light cult calls on the detective for help. Some may find it odd that no one mentions the Jon Benet Ramsey case when the recent history of murders in Boulder comes up in conversation. The predictable plot builds to a final twist that will shock few. Readers might do better to check out the second in Zeltserman's “bad-ass out of prison trilogy,” Pariah (Reviews, Aug. 3), instead. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594147944
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 10/16/2009
  • Series: Bill Shannon Series, #2
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.59 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Zeltserman won the 2010 Shamus Award for 'Julius Katz' and is the
acclaimed author of the ‘man out of prison’ crime trilogy: Small
Crimes, Pariah and Killer, where Small Crimes was named by NPR as one
of the top 5 crime and mystery novel of 2008, and Small Crimes and
Pariah (2009) were both picked by the Washington Post as best books of
the year. His recent The Caretaker of Lorne Field received a starred
review from Publisher's Weekly, calling it a 'superb mix of humor and
horror', add was shortlisted by ALA for best horror novel of 2010.
Outsourced (2011) has already been called 'a small gem of crime
fiction' by Booklist and has been optioned by Impact Pictures and
Constantin Film.
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  • Posted October 1, 2009

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    The second Bill Shannon investigative mystery is an interesting mystery

    In Boulder, two University of Colorado students, twenty-three year old Taylor Carver and nineteenth years old Linda Gibson, are battered to death in the bedroom of the condo they share. Carver's mom sues the condo owner Chris Jackson for the lack of proper security measures.

    The owner's lawyer Paul Devens hires former Cambridge, Massachusetts cop turned Boulder private investigator Bill Shannon to investigate the homicides in order to uncover who and why; specifically emphasizing not to find dirt on the victims. At about the same time, a distraught mom Pauline Cousins of Portland Oregon also hires Shannon to learn if her daughter Melissa is okay since she joined the True Light cult Shannon prefers the cult case as he had an out of body experience when he killed Bill Winters back in New England after the psychopath skinned alive his partner and broke off with a nutcracker two of Bill's fingers in front of his wife.

    The second Bill Shannon investigative mystery (see Bad Thoughts) is an interesting mystery as the sleuth works his two cases and struggles with his nightmares re the Winter serial killer fiasco seeing a shrink Eli to help him. Shannon's back history is macabre but fascinating as is his relationship with his ex wife Susan, as both still suffer from the Cambridge trauma; however the session with Eli and Susan also detract from the inquiries. With an interesting final DNA like twist fans will enjoy his Boulder caseload.

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