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Blown Away

Blown Away

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by Shane Gericke
     
 

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A serial killer is playing a deadly game.
There are no rules except one:
The killer always wins.
The loser always dies.

Since joining the force, rookie cop Emily Thompson has had one ambition: to work homicide. Now she's got her chance. A twisted sociopath is turning her safe Chicago suburb into a brutal killing field, and every single one of his grisly

Overview

A serial killer is playing a deadly game.
There are no rules except one:
The killer always wins.
The loser always dies.

Since joining the force, rookie cop Emily Thompson has had one ambition: to work homicide. Now she's got her chance. A twisted sociopath is turning her safe Chicago suburb into a brutal killing field, and every single one of his grisly clues leads directly to Emily. In 72 hours, on her fortieth birthday, he intends to make her his greatest trophy. If she doesn't stop him before then, Emily's first case will be her last.

In a city gripped by terror, and with little more to go on than her instincts, Emily must match wits with a madman bent on chilling revenge. It is an investigation that will lead her into a nightmare world of unimaginable crimes, the dark secrets of her own past--and to a final shocking discovery . . . "Real cops, terrific action, a twisted plot and a tough-gal detective who makes it all happen. More please!"--Roy Huntington, American Cop magazine

"Blown Away tightens the plot around detective Emily Thompson like a terrifying noose."--Thomas Frisbie, author of Victims of Justice

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Financial editor Gericke s rookie cop v. serial killer procedural won t make anyone forget Silence of the Lambs, but his plucky heroine does evoke the spirit of Thomas Harris Clarese Starling; too bad his brilliant, combat-hardened psycho killer isn t as vivid. Rookie cop Emily Thompson is about to turn 40 when she notices three dead bodies on her morning run: a goose and two ducks, decapitated. When the fowls heads turn up in her mailbox later that day, it starts a three-day reign of terror by a serial killer with designs on Emily. Gericke gives supporting characters Captain Hercules Branch and Chief of Police Kendall Cross enough attention to bring their gruff veteran act to life, but overuses bland romantic interest Commander Marty Benedetti, who inexplicably melts Emily s hard heart without connecting with the reader. Perhaps that s a symptom of the novel s everyone s-a-suspect plotting though flashbacks reveal the history between Emily and her stalker, an abused boy who grew up down the street from her, the identity of the killer is kept secret until the over-the-top endgame. Gericke s first act is fresh, and his prologue kicks the story off with a taut, grisly slice of terror; in these you can see the potential for a first-rate cops-and-psychos novelist. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786018130
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Series:
Pinnacle Books Fiction Series
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

Shane Gericke is the author of The Fury, Torn Apart, Blown Away, and Cut to the Bone. The Fury, a sweeping novel of global terrorism endorsed by such literary superstars as Steve Berry and Rambo creator David Morrell. Torn Apart was shortlisted for the prestigious Thriller Award for Best Novel and named a Book of the Year by Suspense Magazine. His debut novel, Blown Away, was selected as the year's Best First Mystery by RT Book Reviews, which also named his Cut to the Bone a Top Pick. Gericke spent twenty-five years as a newspaper editor, most prominently at the Chicago Sun-Times, before jumping into fiction. He lives in the Chicago suburb of Naperville.

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