Luck of the Draw [NOOK Book]

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When Detective Deke Durgess finds himself at the scene of a brutal murder in Lower Manhattan, he has no idea that it’s just the beginning of the most prolific murder spree in New York City history, one where entire families will be wiped out by a vicious killer dubbed The Daily Killer.

The murders are being meticulously committed, with no forensic evidence left behind except for the killer’s callous calling card, a short note left on the body of the victim. The mayor and police...

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Overview


When Detective Deke Durgess finds himself at the scene of a brutal murder in Lower Manhattan, he has no idea that it’s just the beginning of the most prolific murder spree in New York City history, one where entire families will be wiped out by a vicious killer dubbed The Daily Killer.

The murders are being meticulously committed, with no forensic evidence left behind except for the killer’s callous calling card, a short note left on the body of the victim. The mayor and police commissioner are coming down hard on Deke to make progress, but Deke and his team of detectives and FBI agents are at a standstill until a series of events, and one misstep by the killer, leads them toward cracking the code in the victim selection pro - cess. Believing he knows where the killer will strike next, Deke sets up a sting operation, only to be slapped back down as the killer turns the tables on him, forcing the police department to take a good hard look at its own finest.

Anthony J. Cardieri’s first crime novel is an adrenaline-charged ride through the streets of New York.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Strong stomachs are needed for Cardieri's below average debut, a serial-killer whodunit. A fiend known as the Daily Killer is terrorizing New York City during the Christmas season, committing multiple murders every day and in some cases wiping out entire families. At each crime scene he leaves the taunting message: “better luck next time.” The high-profile case consumes NYPD Det. Deke Durgess, exacerbating tensions with his wife about time spent away from his family. The story line follows a predictable path as the public, the politicians and the police brass all put increasing pressure on Durgess and his FBI partner, Kurt Joseph, to find the pattern that will enable them to anticipate the killer's next targets. Even CSI junkies may find the graphic details of the fatal shootings excessive, while the number of small children gunned down will turn off others. The revelation of the Daily Killer's identity won't surprise veteran genre readers. (Dec.)\
Kirkus Reviews
A serial killer stalks New York. Dubbed "The Daily Killer" by the tabloids, the murderer attacks six times in six days, leaving 15 dead, including tots in cribs. The victims seem to have nothing in common. Some were black, some white, some Latino. Some were drunks, others were staid and family-oriented. They shared no hobbies, friends or church affiliations. Murray, captain of NYPD Homicide, puts Detective Deke Durgess on the case. Durgess, who talks like a thug, thinks outside the box and prefers to work without a partner, is displeased when the FBI is called in and he's paired with agent Kurt "Ku-Jo" Joseph, from the Serial Murder Profiling Squad. They look for leads. No luck. They play hunches. No luck. When they finally zero in on a possible perp, he eludes them, but their efforts to corral him lead to someone else-and to two more deaths, one undeserved and one, though illegal, that may leave you cheering. First-novelist Cardieri, a longtime district superintendent in the Department of Sanitation, goes into overdrive describing dead bodies but stalls out on character and plot development.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429985888
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 769,621
  • File size: 213 KB

Meet the Author


ANTHONY J. CARDIERI has worked for the city of New York for the past 18 years and currently serves as District Superintendent in the Department of Sanitation. He lives with his wife and three young children in New York City.
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  • Posted October 13, 2009

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    This is a chilling police procedural

    In 1977 the Son of Sam held New York City in a grip of terror not seen since until now with the Daily Killer. Detective Deke Durgess leads the homicide investigation in which the perp kills an entire household every day; this varies from couples, singles, and families with children. Deke is determined to end this serial killer's reign of terror, but has no starting point as there appears no link between the seemingly randomly murdered victims and nothing left behind for forensics.

    The psychopath is diabolically clever gaining entrance through a variety of means such as delivering flowers and candy to the victims and then killing them.. He leaves behind each time a taunting note to the cops: "Better luck next time". The Feds try to profile the Daily Killer and FBI Agent Kurt Joseph joins Deke on the investigation. They become a strong team though progress still remains nil. Deke listens to Kurt call his wife and daughter; which makes him realize he wants to get back with his spouse who left him because he always put the job before his family. The two cops finally figure out how the victims are selected, but the culprit remains unknown as a sting fails because the Daily Killer outwits his adversaries.

    This is a chilling police procedural starring a cop who failed to appreciate his family even after he lost them, but finally realizes what he has given away when he observes his new partner who balances cases with his loved ones. He is unlike Deke who blocks out everything but the investigation. He actually is a likable person and readers will hope he has learned his lesson of balancing priorities to include family at the top. However, it is the desperate investigation that will have the audience at the edge of their seats even with the psychopath a graduate of the overused taunting school of serial killer 101.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Entertaining read.

    Anthony Cardieri has written a fast paced mystery. It's an easy read, with twists, turns, and surprises. The New York City setting is perfect for this story and the characters are well thought out and interesting. I would recommend this to any reader that enjoys a solid story that keeps you guessing.

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  • Posted December 23, 2009

    A MUST READ

    This book is a page turner. One of the best mysteries I have read. It really holds your interest and you really cannot put it down. I would definetely like to read more by his author.

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

    Excellent Read!

    This was an excellent read that had thrills and chills from beginning to end. It was filled with suspense and had great twists. The author uses his vivid imagination and sense of humor to create interesting characters. It's a definite page-turner sure to keep you entertained.

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