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Impulse
     

Impulse

by Michael Weaver
 

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Writer Paul Garret and his wife, Emily, are enjoying a weekend in the country when a charming young hiker emerges from the woods, rapes and kills Emily, and leaves Garret for dead. Readers will walk a tightrope of suspense with a brilliantly evil serial killer in this chilling debut novel.

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Writer Paul Garret and his wife, Emily, are enjoying a weekend in the country when a charming young hiker emerges from the woods, rapes and kills Emily, and leaves Garret for dead. Readers will walk a tightrope of suspense with a brilliantly evil serial killer in this chilling debut novel.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
It is truly difficult to find a serial - killer novel with a different twist, but Weaver has managed to write it. Newspaper columnist Paul Garret is shot twice in the head while trying to save his wife from rape and murder. When he survives, the killer, William Meade, feels an affinity with Garret, sharing the news about his latest killings. Meanwhile Lieutenant Canderro of the Poughkeepsie police allows Garret access to official information in the hope that one of them will see something that will lead to Meade's arrest. The story is broken into three narratives--by the killer, the victim as detective, and the policeman who becomes a one-man vigilante committee. The writing is not overly graphic in the torture, rape, and murder scenes, and Weaver uses a few overworked themes. Overall, however, there is enough suspense and good characterization to make this a first-rate first novel. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates.-- Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., Ohio
Brad Hooper
Weaver's first novel is an accomplished psychothriller certain to garner much word-of-mouth publicity (the publisher's healthy promotion budget won't hurt). Paul Garrett is 41 years of age, a famous "New York Times" columnist who has lived all his life in New York City. Recently, with wife Emily, a social worker for the New York Welfare Department, he purchased a cabin on a pretty lake one-and-one-half hours from the city. One day, as Paul and Emily are enjoying this bucolic setting, a hiker comes along. The couple invites the hiker in to appreciate the interior of their period dwelling, but then he pulls a gun. He rapes and murders Emily, but not before putting two bullets into Paul's face, leaving him for dead. But Paul recovers rather quickly and, from a book of mug shots, identifies his assailant as one William Meade, who is out on parole from a previous rape and murder conviction. The police search for Meade, but then Paul receives a package containing Emily's earlobe. Paul, formerly a liberal-minded individual staunchly in support of justice for criminals, turns, Mr. Hyde-like, into a proponent of swift, hang-'em-high vengeance. Meade begins calling Paul, but in the meantime continues to kill; Paul communicates his sentiments about Meade via his newspaper column. Allied but sometimes at odds with the official police investigation, Paul is involved in a protracted, agonizing duel with Meade. This dance-to-the-death grips the reader until its wrenching denouement. Don't "wait to see the movie." Read the book right away.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446600736
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/1994
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)

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Art Bourgeau
I wound up reading the whole darn thing in one sitting. I am envious of Michael Weaver's storytelling skills...Impulse will satisfy psycho-thriller fans.
Peter Blauner
A taut, relentless thriller that will grab you and hold you through the day and deep into the night.

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