The Brain Vault (Chalice # 3) [NOOK Book]

Overview

A sterilized skull, a deranged forensics expert, a plunge into the deepest recesses of the criminal mind. In her most challenging case to date, Detective Chalice must turn to a madman to deliver a killer.
Chalice is called into action when an unconscious man is found in Central Park. Barely alive, John Doe is clad in a torn bed sheet and has sustained a life threatening wound. His body is covered in scars, a tapestry chronicling his life as a ...
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The Brain Vault (Chalice # 3)

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Overview

A sterilized skull, a deranged forensics expert, a plunge into the deepest recesses of the criminal mind. In her most challenging case to date, Detective Chalice must turn to a madman to deliver a killer.
Chalice is called into action when an unconscious man is found in Central Park. Barely alive, John Doe is clad in a torn bed sheet and has sustained a life threatening wound. His body is covered in scars, a tapestry chronicling his life as a torture victim. Stranger still, a human skull lies just inches away.
In a case that closely resembles this summer's Gilgo Beach murder investigation, Chalice follows a trail bodies from New York City to The Long Island Pine Barrens and The Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital. Chalice has just two leads in this case, a skull that has been sterilized and found to be evidence free, and a comatose witness to a murder - tough odds, even for NYPD's best and brightest.
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Editorial Reviews

Nelson DeMille
"Lawrence Kelter reminds me of an early Robert Ludlum."
Ann Loring
"Chalice is Plum and then some! All the fun and twice the drama."
James Siegel
"Chalce is irresistible; a contempoary tour de force!"
BookWire Review
"Chalice's acerbic repartee is like an arsenal of nuclear missiles."
Coffee and Crime
"Edge of the seat tension with a killer on the streets of New York and homicide Detective Stephanie Chalice hot on the trail."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012787057
  • Publisher: F Street Book
  • Publication date: 6/29/2012
  • Series: Stephanie Chalice Mysteries , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 93,778
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lawrence Kelter is a resident New Yorker. He frequently uses New York City and Long Island locations as settings for his stories. He has published three novels featuring street savvy NYPD Detective Stephanie Chalice: Don't Close Your Eyes, Ransom Beach, and The Brain Vault. Early in his writing career he received support from bestselling novelist Nelson DeMille, who reviewed his work and assisted him with the editing of his first book. He was also a member of a highly coveted writers group lead by soap opera legend Ann Loring. For more information, please visit the author on the web at: www.lawrencekelter.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    EXCELLENT

    This is the best of the series so far. Great suspense and action. No cover page and no table of contents. The book shows 1181 pages and this is not correct. The pages turn 1 to 6 at a time. I estimate it to be between 500 to 650 pages.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2012

    Kelter kept me guessing again!

    I have read all the books in the Stephanie Chalice Mystery Series. I love one as much as the other! The Brain Vault held my interest all throughout. I couldn't wait to see what would unfold next. Reading this made me think of the bodies being found at Gilgo Beach on Long Island. Kelter makes everything so believable! He also adds humor which lightens the mood. I feel as though I know the characters. Another great read!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    GREAT!!!!!

    This is her best ! Good mystery that keeps you guessing. I like the way she develops the characters, giving the reader little bits at a time. The characters all feel like real people, with faults and flaws. The heroine isnt a superhero, just a good cop. There is romance, but not the explicit sex like in "Dont Close Your Eyes". A great read for mystery fans like me.
    karenb

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    A must read!

    I stumbled upon this author by accident with his first thriller Dont Close your Eyes and then read the 2nd installment of Chalice the detective in Ransom Beach-i have to tell you these 2 books blew me away-But the Brain Vault is by far the best of the three. The characters are all flawed and real but all share the same sickness-Obsessed with their careers in Law Enforcement-Chalice, the main character is certainly complex and has her share of dysfunctions due to her job, but make no mistake about it, she will not rest until the gruesome crime she is investigating is solved-In a similar style of Silence of the Lambs and Seven, the story keeps you on a rollercoaster of plot twists until the end. Forget trying to figure out what is going to happen, as Kelter sets you up and tears you down over and over again. Not for the fainthearted, this book uncovers a twisted dark side of humanity that needs to be brought to justice. But with the personality flaws of the main characters, you wonder how can they get to the bottom of whats going on when they cant even conquer their own demons? Cant wait for the next installment and I certainly smell a movie option in the near future as this series can easily hit the small or big screen . My only hope is they stay true to the book....P.S - I met Lawrence Kelter at a book signing a few years back and you would never think such a calm, collected, soft spoken author can create such a dark twisted world. Hes nothing short of brilliant.....

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    Ended very abruptly. I almost 100% completely enjoyed this book

    Ended very abruptly. I almost 100% completely enjoyed this book and its lively characters and action. I love psychological thrillers, and it certainly did not disappoint on that front. I had a hard time putting it down when I had to do other things. There were a few grammatical glitches, but the writing was great--until it ended so abruptly. I'm not used to e-books yet, and maybe if I had been reading a regular book I would have seen it coming, but it felt like I was just reading along and Bam! It was over. I thought at first my Nook was malfunctioning because it wouldn't go to the next page. (So sue me--I don't pay attention to the page count!) I am hesitant to read more by this author if this is a characteristic style. Loved everything else about the book, though, especially the strong female protagonist and the good relationship between her and her partner. I'm kind of torn on this one. Was it just me?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Good read

    The story was great, editing needed a little help but it didnt detract from the storyline. I enjoyed the book, easy and fun read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Excellent!

    Excellent!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    A twist above

    Pretty darn good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Great read

    Love this series. I hope there will be more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    What is the correct order for this series please?

    I hate reading a series out of order. Thanks!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Humor and Horror - a fun read

    The story kept me glued to this book; I just couldn't put it down. The variety of her characters went from sadistic, to tough, loveable, sympathetic, humorous, and romantic. I look forward to reading more from Lawrence Keller.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Best Psychological Thriller since The Silence of the Lambs

    You've got to love this novel for everything it brings to the party: suspense, humor, forensics, and more. It was what I'd expect to see if Nelson DeMille & Janet Evanovich sat down to do an homage to Silence of the Lambs. The heroine is a bright, wisecracking young woman with Sixth Sense instincts. The plot resembles Thomas Harris' masterpiece; the villain has a sinister motive that is not revealed until the very end. I laughed and my heart pounded while I raced through this page turner. As good as any crime novel I've ever read and that says a lot!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Brain Vault by Larry kelter

    This book is awesome...I didn't want it to end!!! My only question is...
    when will you write your next book? I highly recommend this book for club discussions... Keep writing Larry.... Laura

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    I enjoy the Chalice series very much. This text was excellent.

    I enjoy the Chalice series very much. This text was excellent. I enjoy the drama, emotion and character development. I find the characters believable and interesting. I must admit with a blush that I like the erotic portraits and the offbeat dream sequences allot. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Best of three series so far....

    This author is really growing on me. I have read all of the books in this series and this one was my favorite. The other things I like about this author is the plot lines keep you guessing, the books are well researched and best of all the ebooks are very affordable. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Best of the series

    I read all three of these books, and found them entertaining. The Brain Vault, the best so far. I saw a fourth book is planned for sometime this summer, and will be watching for it's release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Great read

    I like this typi of book a lot. Female, intuitive, fearless. Good characters. A god story. I hope "Don't Close Your Eyes" is as good.

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    Posted May 28, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Good read

    Suspenseful and surprising. I enjoyed if from the first page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Read it

    This was really good and exciting.

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