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Book of Matthew: A Macabre Novel of Suspense

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A series of frightening murders plagues San Francisco. To solve the crimes, Homicide Inspector Clemson Yao enlists the help of Angie Strachan, a Realtor who once tried—and failed—to become the city’s first female homicide inspector. The two face off against a ghoulish, black-humored serial killer who whimsically refers to his grotesque murders as "messies." Gripped by macabre obsession for a decade, he’s evolved into a grandmaster of slow, anguished death, roaming the globe to catalog the most despicable methods ...

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Overview

A series of frightening murders plagues San Francisco. To solve the crimes, Homicide Inspector Clemson Yao enlists the help of Angie Strachan, a Realtor who once tried—and failed—to become the city’s first female homicide inspector. The two face off against a ghoulish, black-humored serial killer who whimsically refers to his grotesque murders as "messies." Gripped by macabre obsession for a decade, he’s evolved into a grandmaster of slow, anguished death, roaming the globe to catalog the most despicable methods of execution and keeping his research in dozens of leather-bound notebooks. Clem and Angie slowly unravel the murderer’s clues, but their quarry is always one step ahead of them and even an FBI profiler can’t help them pin down the twisted mind behind the crimes. It’s a desperate race against time, for the killer has an agenda. His next victims are already picked out—and it seems no one can stop him.

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"Winning lead characters and smooth prose . . . [a] duel between a San Francisco police inspector and a sadistic serial killer. Enough quirks and humanity to make the prospect of a series welcome."  —Publishers Weekly

"An adrenaline-filled thriller, with fascinating characters, sharp dialogue and a roller coaster plot. Thomas White has nailed it with this book."  —Shelf Awareness

"Hannibal Lector's understudy meets Alex Cross's West Coast friends meets Caleb Carr at his best forensic sickness, all wrapped in a fresh new way . . . White's literary style is fresh, inventive, engrossing and truly macabre."  —Rocky Mountain News

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Winning lead characters and smooth prose more than offset the standard thriller plot, a cat-and-mouse duel between a San Francisco police inspector and a sadistic serial killer, in White's promising debut. Insp. Clemson Yao of the SFPD pursues a killer responsible for such gruesome murders as that of a 32-year-old Chevron gas station manager, whose body is found torn in half at the waist by a system of counter weights in the Salinas Valley. One cop observes that the MO resembles the way some criminals were executed in 18th-century India. Yao is aided in his quest by Angie Strackan, an ex-cop turned realtor, who stumbles on another instance of the killer's handiwork. The inspector comes to believe that the main suspect, who's identified fairly early on, is increasing the pace of his butchery because he's terminally ill. Yao and company have enough quirks and humanity to make the prospect of a series a welcome one. (Aug.)

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An adrenaline-filled thriller, with fascinating characters, sharp dialogue and a roller coaster plot. Thomas White has nailed it with this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590131510
  • Publisher: McBooks Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Thomas White has worked in fields as diverse as intelligence—with stints in North Africa and the Middle East—and antiterrorist technology. He lives in San Francisco.
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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    bore fest so far...........

    I may amend this review if I ever get around to finishing this book. The prologue was spectacular¿but the following 70 pages have been a struggle.

    The editorial reviews praise his ¿smooth prose¿ but I couldn¿t disagree more. He uses 3 world adjectives to describe 2 word adjectives that are describing things that didn¿t need elaboration to begin with. Before page 50 he already had two 10 line sentences. They were an entire paragraph by themselves. I had to keep rereading them just to get the gist if what he was saying. I am sure they were grammatically correct but they were so convoluted its hard to follow.

    Next¿ im all about using uncommon words to punch up the story but he does it way too often. It conjours up visions of a worn out thesaurus on his lap that he cracked open every few sentences. As for the 2 other main characters he spent far too long on them. At page 85 or 90 or so only about 5 have been dedicated to the killer. I really hope hes eventually returns to the story!

    I keep hoping the story will get to the point but so far not so much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    A real page turner.

    San Francisco Homicide Inspector Clemson Yao and realtor/police reservist Angie Strachan are put to the test when Angie discovers the body of a young girl at one of her real estate listings. The two, along with a few side characters, are drawn into a desperate race against a twisted serial killer, who refers to his murders as ¿messies¿. The murderer is identified as Mathew. An abused boy who grew into a monster that researches and documents the some of the most bizarre methods of killings throughout history. Clem and Angie are frustratingly always one step behind the madman but are able to identify two potential victims. They work against odds to save these two lives but Matthew has put a lot of time and thought into his crimes and it seems no one can stop him. I have to say that the subtitle really hits the mark. This is a macabre novel of suspense. From Matthew¿s research to the recounting of Clem¿s nightmares White really creeps me out and I love it even though I can attribute one really bad nightmare to the book. I look forward to reading more from Thomas White and recommend this book to all suspense and horror lovers.

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    Posted December 28, 2011

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