Nothing Human

Nothing Human

by Ronald Munson, Jane Rosenman
     
 

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Inspired by Raymond Chandler's telling phrase, Ronald Munson has depicted a criminal as shocking as "a tarantula on a piece of angel food cake." Drawing form actual profiles of serial killers, he has created a bone-chillingly accurate portrait of a psychopath's mind and methods. In the conviction that nothing human is truly alien to another human being, he offers a

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Inspired by Raymond Chandler's telling phrase, Ronald Munson has depicted a criminal as shocking as "a tarantula on a piece of angel food cake." Drawing form actual profiles of serial killers, he has created a bone-chillingly accurate portrait of a psychopath's mind and methods. In the conviction that nothing human is truly alien to another human being, he offers a novel of three lives inextricably joined - cop, killer and potential victim - each dramatically different, yet linked by similarities they can't escape. A powerful story that introduces a refreshing maverick to the gallery of fictional police operatives, NOTHING HUMAN marks the impressive debut of a talented new suspense writer.
HUNT IN PROGRESS: JILL BRENNER
This attractive female is polite and friendly, although reserved. She seems self-possessed and competent, but she has an appealing air of vulnerability. She is of above average intelligence and education and so should offer a challenge worth undertaking.

So writes John Haack-a.k.a. the Jaguar-a man whose diary reflects the mind of a violent and absolutely merciless sexual sadist. Haack is a man who has studied everything from autopsy reports to Mayan mythology. In the sheltered community of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jill Brenner will be his next victim.

Highly educated, charming and attractive to women, Haack keeps a part of his personality hidden - like a snake in a box. He's already killed twice and left no clues. In twenty days it will be time again to let out the snake....

Driven by a cold fury and his own meticulous plans, Haack fails to notice that he's up against a different kind of cop - Lieutenant Eric Firecaster, a brilliant detective who just can't leave this case alone. Harvard graduate, former Congressional aide, Firecaster has found his true calling in the grand principles and gritty details of police work. Now he's tracking a killer more devious and experienced than any he's ever known.

The psychopath is at home in Cambridge's genteel world of jogging paths and leafy streets - and in the gore-stained labyrinth of an urban hospital's charnel hosue and dissection rooms. He's sent a shocking message to Jill, a young woman of striking vitality and intellectual keenness. Firecaster's job is to protect her, and she's starting to mean more to him with each passing day....

But Jill is proving too independent to guard effectively, and the Jaguar's working down his list toward the hunter's ancient, ultimate victory:

1. Locate prey
2. Study behavior
3. Flush
4. Chase
5. Kill

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Munson's outstanding debut novel--Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates in cloth--presents John Haack, an intelligent, attractive man who leads a double life as a sadistic killer. (July)
School Library Journal
YA-- John Haak, a violent, calculating psychopath, tortures and mutilates his female victims as an offering to the Mayan god of death. Jill Brenner, a writer recovering from her lover's suicide, is targeted as his next victim. In the course of investigating the serial killings around Cambridge, Massachusetts, recently divorced homicide detective Eric Firecaster becomes romantically involved with Jill. While the characters are well-fleshed out, the love interest between Firecaster and Brenner seems forced as a necessary plot element. As with the novels Silence of the Lambs (St. Martin, 1989) by Thomas Harris and Funeral March (Bantam, 1991) by Frank De Felitta , Nothing Human is packed with gut-wretching realism. Munson combines all the detail of a police report with the tension of a coiled spring.-- John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671730246
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
06/08/1991
Pages:
288

Meet the Author

Ronald Munson is the author of a dozen books of fiction and nonfiction. Raising the Dead was named a National Library Association Best Book in Science and Medicine, and Intervention and Reflection is the nation's most widely used bioethics book. His novel Fan Mail received a starred review in Kirkus, was a best seller in German translation, and was produced as a radio play. His three previously published novels have been translated into various languages, including Japanese, Swedish, and Dutch.

He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University. He was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at Harvard University, as well as a Scholar in Residence at Harvard College's Lowell House.

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