Copycat

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Five years ago, three young victims were found murdered, posed like little angels. No witnesses, no evidence left behind. The Sleeping Angel Killer called his despicable acts 'the perfect crimes.' The case nearly destroyed homicide detective Kitt Lundgren's career— because she let the killer get away.

Now the Sleeping Angel Killer is back.

But Kitt notices something different about this new rash of killings— a tiny variation that suggests a ...

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Overview

Five years ago, three young victims were found murdered, posed like little angels. No witnesses, no evidence left behind. The Sleeping Angel Killer called his despicable acts 'the perfect crimes.' The case nearly destroyed homicide detective Kitt Lundgren's career— because she let the killer get away.

Now the Sleeping Angel Killer is back.

But Kitt notices something different about this new rash of killings— a tiny variation that suggests a copycat killer may be re-creating the original 'perfect crimes.' Then the unthinkable happens. The Sleeping Angel Killer himself approaches Kitt with a bizarre offer: he will help her catch his copycat.

Kitt must decide whether to place her trust in a murderer—or risk falling victim to a fiend who has taken the art of the perfect murder to horrific new heights.

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The Sleeping Angel Killer provides the chilling focus to Spindler's 12th bloodcurdling romantic thriller (after Killer Takes All). Kitt Lundgren and Mary Catherine "M.C." Riggio of the Rockford, Ill., VCB (Violent Crimes Bureau) vow to catch a serial killer who sets the suffocated bodies of 10-year-old girls in their own beds, dressed like angels in frilly white nightgowns, hair spread out on their pillows and pink lip gloss applied postmortem to their mouths. Spindler's setting of a "meat-and-potatoes" Midwest town provides a fresh background for two believable and very cool investigators. Kitt, a recovering middle-aged alcoholic, tried and failed to catch the murderer five years earlier, during a 2001 killing spree, while her own child was dying of leukemia and her marriage was falling apart under the strain. Now, when eerily similar crimes recur, someone calls Kitt, identifying himself as the original killer and the new perp as just a copycat. M.C., an ambitious, distrustful newbie, is assigned to help Kitt with the investigation. The detectives must overcome their personal problems in order to catch the monsters, a task culminating in a breathless finale. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778324454
  • Publisher: Mira
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 267,718
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.62 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Erica Spindler

Catching a summer cold changed Erica Spindler's life forever. Up until that fateful malady, Erica planned on being an artist. She had studied for that profession, earning both a BFA and MFA in the visual arts. Then in June of 1982, she stopped at a local drugstore to pick up cold tablets and tissues; the cashier dropped a free romance novel into her bag. She hadn't read a romance in years but once home, with nothing to do but sniffle and watch daytime TV, she picked that romance up—and was immediately hooked. For the next six months she read every romance she could get her hands on. Sometime during those months, she decided to try to write one herself. The moment she put pen to paper, Erica knew she had found her true calling. Since that day, Erica has published more than twenty novels. Her titles have been published all over the world and Red was turned into both a wildly popular graphic novel and daytime drama in Japan. Critics have dubbed her stories as "thrill-packed, page turners, white knuckle rides, and edge-of-your-seat whodunits" and The Times Picayune praised 2003's In Silence, calling it "Creepy and compelling; a real page turner." Erica is a USA TODAY, New York Times bestseller. In 2002, her novel Bone Cold won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence. An RWA honor roll member, she received a Kiss of Death award for her novel Forbidden Fruit and is a three-time RITA award finalist. In 1999 Publishers Weekly awarded the audio version of her novel Shocking Pink a Listen-Up award, naming it one of the best audio mystery books of 1998. Praised by booksellers as "The best suspense novel I've everread" and "A perfect 10 outof 10," Erica's 2004 release See Jane Die is the story of a woman who must face her darkest fears when her husband becomes the prime suspect in the brutal murders of two women. Erica and her husband—a man she describes as funny, handsome and way too sassy—met in art school and have been together ever since. They have two sons, born nine and a half years apart. Erica makes her home in the New Orleans area, although she originally hailed from Illinois. Erica came to her present home in much the same way she came to writing—fate intervened. She and her husband, then college students, traveled to New Orleans to see the King Tut exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Without advance tickets, they had a choice: wait in line all day or spend the day sightseeing. They chose the latter and fell head-over-heels in love with the city. Erica is currently at work on her next thriller for MIRA Books.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    Copycat

    This is a great suspense thriller about a serial copycat killer and how the two cases came together. Lots of drama and suspense to keep you guessing. She paired up a great team in the police between Kit and MC, while they're after the same killer. You really got an understanding of how Kit's world fell apart, with her marriage and job on the line, and for MC, who comes from a big Italian family, and finally finds out her true love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2006

    Lacey

    Amazing book! I couldn't put it down until the very end. I thought I had the killer picked, but the end blew me away! I think also being from Rockford helped a bit. A book placed in my hometown was a treat. A good read I think everyone should enjoy...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Claw collars

    For new comers. Scorge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Floodkit

    Pads in slowly singing i knew you were trouble

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Mosstar

    Moonmist!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Nightwind

    Moonmist!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Alyssa

    This was another great book by this author. I finished this book in 2 days! I was very suprised at the ending. Who i thought was the copy cat and the SAK turned out to be someone totally different!

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    Intense

    Erica Spindler did it again. She wrote a book which kept me at the edge of my seat. I read this and wanted more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008

    a bit of cliche

    It 's a good read overall. But it's the same old victims turning into monsters themselves. It's always the same old abused as a child and now the excuse to become a serial killer. I am also tired of the too often used dilemma of not able to trace a call unless keeping the UNSUB on the phone for at least so many minutes. This is a myth making its round far too long. When are you writers and editors finally catch up with tech and make it right? The story steam-rolled to a nice climax, but guess it could have been even better if cut out some the thoughts and anaylsis by the characters. Just let the story takes off and let the action speaks for itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    Nearly great

    I had been looking forward to this book since I read the excerpt at the end of 'Killer Takes All'. I pre-ordered it as soon as it was listed and waited as patiently as I could. I received the book and started reading immediately. The book has strong characters and the idea is great. The plot isn't too sabby, but it wasn't quite as good as expected. Maybe I had looked forward to it so much that anything less than the best book ever written was a let down. It is a book worth reading, but as far as Spindler's crime novels, which I've read, Killer Takes All would be my recommendation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

    Good, but a little disappointed

    I had been looking forward to this book since I read the excerpt at the end of 'Killer Takes All'. I pre-ordered it as soon as the paperback version was listed and waited as patiently as I could. I received the book and started reading immediately. The book has strong characters and the idea is great. The plot isn't too shabby, but it wasn't quite as good as expected. Maybe I had looked forward to it so much that anything less than the best book ever written was a let down. It is a book worth reading, but as far as Spindler's crime novels, which I've read, Killer Takes All would be my recommendation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    Police Procedural with Depth

    My grown children who live in Rockford, IL, sent me this book because it is set in their town. It's a lively read, with compelling, vivid characters and an ending that took my breath away. With red herrings strewn in every direction, I was nevertheless sure I had nailed the killer early on, but the author neatly led me to the edge of the cliff and threw me over with style. Having two women as heroines, both with their own believable and interesting backgrounds, made the book all the more interesting. I hope Erica Spindler continues with Kitt and M.C. in a series. I'd like very much to read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2006

    Another Great Read from Erica

    Love this author and bought this book as soon as it hit the shelves didn't start it until the other day and after half way through could not put it down until I finished it! Thought I had it figured out was correct on one count but never saw the other coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2006

    loved it

    I first read See Jane Die because my mom read it, and then she bought this one when it came out because we both enjoyed See Jane Die so much. I really enjoyed this book, it has a good mix of action, suspence, and romance, and Erica Spindler is one of the only authors that my mom and I both like. Overall, it's a great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2006

    Better and better

    I've been reading Erica Spindler since my mother gave me a copy of Bone Cold--she just gets better and better! Loved Copycat, especially the two female leads and the twist at the end. Bravo, Ms. Spindler!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    Utterly Boring

    I have read all of Erica Spindler's novels. This is by far the worst. The pace is slow, the plot is uninspired, and the novel plays out like a bad Lifetime movie. One of the worst book decisions I've made in months.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    tense serial killer thriller

    In 2001 in Rockford, Illinois, the Sleeping Angel Killer (SAK) murders three preadolescent girls in their bedrooms while their parents were nearby. He left his smothered innocent victims looking as if they were peacefully asleep. Rockford Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau Detectives Kitt Lundgren and Brian Spillare head the investigation. At the same time Kitt¿s ten year old daughter Sadie dies from leukemia, which drives the cop to drink and costs her an opportunity to catch SAK. --- Five years later, SAK who was silent since Kitt failed, apparently has returned as another young girl Julie Entzel is smothered in her bedroom. Heading the investigation is ambitious Detective Mary Catherine ¿M.C.¿ Riggio she does not want the loser Kitt on the case. Kitt, who has not touched a drink in eighteen months in spite of a divorce, notices that the hands of the victim is different than the case she worked on this leads to the cops wondering if a possible COPYCAT killer exists. Not long after the media announces the return of the Sleeping Angel Killer, SAK calls Kitt to insist that she take charge of the inquiry into what he claims is a careless copy cat killer or else he too will return to murdering the innocent. --- The key to this tense serial killer thriller that makes for a fresh entry is the dysfunctional relationship between the two female detectives. The story line is action-packed from start to finish yet readers see deep inside Kitt and M.C. to see what motivates each of them. The final twist will stun the appreciative audience as Erica Spindler spins a fabulous suspense tale. --- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted September 15, 2009

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