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Blind Instinct
     

Blind Instinct

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by Robert W. Walker
 

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For nearly a decade, Robert W. Walker has thrilled readers with his acclaimed Instinct series. The novels featuring FBI Medical Examiner Dr. Jessica Coran have been praised as "masterful" (Clive Cussler). Now, for the first time in hardcover, Walker presents a riveting tour de force of suspense--a thriller about the nature of evil and the rapture of death at the dawn

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For nearly a decade, Robert W. Walker has thrilled readers with his acclaimed Instinct series. The novels featuring FBI Medical Examiner Dr. Jessica Coran have been praised as "masterful" (Clive Cussler). Now, for the first time in hardcover, Walker presents a riveting tour de force of suspense--a thriller about the nature of evil and the rapture of death at the dawn of a new millennium...

Dr. Jessica Coran is enlisted by London's elite New Scotland Yard to spearhead the investigation of a grisly series of crucifixion murders. Only Coran, an expert in tracking and capturing serial killers, can provide authorities with the insights to capture this madman--a psychopath whose intelligence makes him the most chilling villain to appear in print since Hannibal the Cannibal.

Praise for the Jessica Coran novels:

"A bone-chilling page-turner....Every bit as exciting as the chase is Coran's rigorous examination of the evidence."-- Publishers Weekly

"Just when you think there's nothing new to be done with the serial-killer novel...genuinely spooky."-- Ed Gorman

"Chilling and unflinching...technical without being heavy-handed, and brutal without glorifying violence."-- Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"A taut, dense thriller. An immensely entertaining novel filled with surprises, clever twists, and wonderfully drawn characters."-- Daytona Beach News-Journal

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With this seventh entry, Walker's series about FBI forensic pathologist Dr. Jessica Coran moves from original paperback to hardcover, presumably in a bid to absorb some of the Patricia Cornwell overflow. But turgid writing, heavy-handed atmospheric padding and a plot swollen with predictable turns would seem to seriously limit those aspirations. "Each time I look on such evil, twisted, unconscionable and despicable acts perpetrated on a human being, I begin to believe that nothing might ever rival what I must deal with before me," laments Inspector Richard Sharpe of New Scotland Yard in an early--and typical--burst of tortured rhetoric. "Yet... yet some fiend always finds a new twist, a new evil beyond anything you or I might ever have imagined possible, and this certainly proves the case here." Toward the end of the year 2000, a religious cult in London has begun to kill people by the ancient and extremely uncomfortable method of crucifixion--possibly as a prelude to Christ's Second Coming. Dr. Coran, though busy in Virginia on a man ripped apart by rabid dogs, flies off to London to help Sharpe with his even more interesting case--thus giving Walker the chance to trot out numerous clich s about Anglo-American linguistic confusion. As the British body count rises to five, readers learn how to remove a human tongue and read a message branded on it, and meet an elderly priest/psychiatrist who talks like a cross between Yoda and the Exorcist. Coran, whose love life has taken a back seat to her work, manages to keep Inspector Sharpe's mind away from all the evil long enough to get him into the sack, before becoming a candidate for crucifixion herself. Anyone who stays around this long might begin to wish they'd waited for the paperback. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425172346
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Series:
Jessica Coran Series , #7
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.18(d)

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Blind Instinct 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I accidently picked up one of Robert W. Walker's first books and read it..I was hooked! I enjoy his storyline, each person seems real in the minds eye. Keep up the good work and can't wait for the next addition.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Though she works for the FBI, her reputation as the world's leading forensic pathologist has Scotland Yard asking Jessica Coran to help them with a gruesome case. Even though she has a stateside case, the thought of visiting London on a working holiday pleases her no end. She hopes her boyfriend will fly in form Hawaii to join her, but that fails to happen. Still, Jessica flies to England to work with Scotland Yard on the fascinating investigation.

Crucifixion may be one of the most hideous ways to die because it is slow and painful. By the time Jessica arrives, three victims have died by that torturous method. Two more deaths follow. The five victims have nothing in common except for a religious phrase inscribed in their tongues. Many people believe that the Second Coming is upon us. Jessica and her cohorts believe that a cult is hastening the event. Jessica places herself in danger trying to expose the culprits.

Fans of Cornwell and Goldberg (the writer) will definitely want to read Robert W. Walker's BLIND INSTINCT. The strong heroine is a feisty, independent person who relishes falling in love with an unexpected suitor. Though obstinate and brilliant, Jessica is a likable protagonist. The mystery is cleverly handled with the audience aware from almost the onset who is causing problems. This tale will make Mr. Walker a household name as he reaches the bestseller lists.

Harriet Klausner