The Murder Notebook (Nate Rodriguez Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Jonathan Santlofer once again combines his extraordinary talents as both a writer and an artist in this second chilling thriller featuring NYPD forensic sketch artist Nate Rodriguez. Though plagued by the death of his father years ago, Rodriguez has little time to dwell on the past. A rash of seemingly unrelated murders holds New York City in a gridlock of terror, and with his reputation for having a sixth sense—an uncanny ability to draw things he hasn't even seen—Rodriguez lands a spot on the task force ...

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The Murder Notebook (Nate Rodriguez Series #2)

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Overview

Jonathan Santlofer once again combines his extraordinary talents as both a writer and an artist in this second chilling thriller featuring NYPD forensic sketch artist Nate Rodriguez. Though plagued by the death of his father years ago, Rodriguez has little time to dwell on the past. A rash of seemingly unrelated murders holds New York City in a gridlock of terror, and with his reputation for having a sixth sense—an uncanny ability to draw things he hasn't even seen—Rodriguez lands a spot on the task force investigating the crimes. But with his mind's eye clouded, he's forced to search for an answer the old-fashioned way: by hitting the streets.

Rodriguez begins to suspect a common thread between the victims, confirmed when more bodies turn up—those of the killers themselves. As the slayings continue, the link between the crimes comes into focus and Rodriguez must convince the NYPD that they are up against something bigger—and more heinous—than anyone ever suspected.

The Murder Notebook is a smart, innovative suspense novel with a terrifying, ripped-from-the-headlines urgency. Where is the line between advancement and criminality in matters of manipulating the human psyche? What would happen if someone were no longer able to feel fear? With his unique blend of gripping prose and original sketches, Jonathan Santlofer has crafted a tale of morality and duty, love and justice, that is as shocking as it is timely.

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Library Journal

The second volume in Santolfer's Nate Rodriguez series (Anatomy of Fear) has the police sketch artist investigating a series of violent and seemingly unrelated murder-suicides. Rodriguez is now part of his girlfriend's task force, putting a strain on the new couple made worse after the FBI shuts the police case down. Suspicious of the FBI's involvement and convinced that the crimes are connected, Rodriguez investigates on his own and learns more than he ever wanted to know about posttraumatic stress disorder, Gulf War syndrome, and government defense experiments. As with Anatomy of Fear, the strongest parts of the book feature Rodriguez working with victims and witnesses in creating his sketches, which serve as illustrations throughout the book. Santlofer also does an excellent job of switching perspectives, giving readers brief insights into the victims. The inclusion of a second, unrelated case (first mentioned in the previous novel) feels forced; this narrative should have been better developed or omitted altogether. Perhaps as a result, the resolution of the central murder-suicide narrative feels neglected and rushed. Still, the charm of Rodriguez makes this book a pleasant read. Recommended for larger mystery collections.
—Julie Elliott

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061847202
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Nate Rodriguez Series , #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 331,238
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Jonathan Santlofer is the author of five novels and a highly respected artist whose work has been written about and reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, and Arts, and which appears in many public, private, and corporate collections. He lives and works in New York City.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    extraordinary police procedural

    NYPD forensic artist Nate Rodriguez is in demand. Bronx Lieutenant Bill Guthrie wants him to do a facial reconstruction of a skull with bullet holes that was also burned in a fire. Chief of Deportment Perry Denton wants his help on the case of a murdered student who turned hi back on the ghettand won a schiolarship at City University. --- Nate interviews the dead student¿s girlfriend who describes a man who picked a fight with her boyfriend for no apparent reason. The sketch evidently leads the police to the killer who ends up committing suicide. That should have proven the end of the case, but soon afterward another murder-suicide occurs with echoes of the most important elements of the first incident. Guthrie tells Rodriguez to drop the case of the skull, but the artist works on it anyway because he feels compelled to finish the job. More murder-suicide crimes occurred and Nate convinces his peers they are linked, but no one knows how besides the FBI takes charge. Nate risks his career with the help of police officer Terri Russo to solve the case, but soon realizes its their lives on the line from a DARPA conspiracy to conceal the truth. --- The link the cases have in common is horrific and chilling because it is believable. THE MURDER NOTEBOOK is an extraordinary police procedural as the protagonist on a quest for justice and follows the clues one step at a time with his keen artistic eye which is how they finally saw the links. It is a struggle for the police (not Nate) as clues are not linear and it takes intuition to skip the logical sequence. Jonathan Santlofer provides an enjoyable investigative tale. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Super good

    Got read it again

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