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Serial
     

Serial

2.8 5
by Jim Lusby
 

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The story begins with a man describing picking up a lone hitchiker. Days later, the man's body is discovered and within his pockets lie the typed sheets of that first narrative. From the text, the police deduce that the hitchiker must have been murdered as well. But this is only the beginning.

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The story begins with a man describing picking up a lone hitchiker. Days later, the man's body is discovered and within his pockets lie the typed sheets of that first narrative. From the text, the police deduce that the hitchiker must have been murdered as well. But this is only the beginning.

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Library Journal
This intense Irish procedural falls roughly into three alternating sections: a narrated, repetitive but transmogrifying confession by the killer; profiles of various victims; and detailed actions taken by a Dublin task force formed to investigate the disappearance of 15 women in ten years. Garda detective Kristina Galetti takes the forefront, especially after a new homicide is connected to an old one by virtue of some bits of written confession found with the body. Psychological theories emerge, due to missing ears and more writings, but the task force seems permanently stalled. Tension builds inexorably to a clever end. Lusby is a winner of Ireland's Hennessy Award for Short Stories and author of the Carl McCadden mystery series (Making the Cut; Flashback). For larger collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Serial killings are mingled with found pieces of serial crime fiction in a self-reflective-but ultimately navel-gazing-look at detective stories, Ireland-style. A man heads to Glentree to deliver a lecture on "The Trivialization of Death in the Modern Detective Story," and it's a rainy night, and the turn-out's no good, and the lecturer convinces the buxom youthful female organizer to ride home with him, and it sure doesn't look good for her. All this is from a manuscript found in the grave of a dead man, and the woman in the manuscript, who really exists, is missing. Enter our aspiring young detective, Kristina Galetti, the type who sunbathes topless in the south of France when she gets the chance. Not long after Kris gets a hold of the manuscript, the missing woman turns up dead, with her ears sheared off, and there's another manuscript with another death and more about the love of narrative crime drama, and it's looking like our killer is . . . a detective writer. More manuscripts are found in more graves, and McCadden, Galetti's boss, argues that "Probably the serial killer explanation is just a lazy mental groove, all too easy to slip into these days. Probably there are fifteen separate killers." No one really believes that, but Kris is the only one-perhaps because of the hard time she had becoming a female Irish detective-to hold out on the notion that the killer is actually female. Naturally, Galetti turns out to be right-as she gives us a portrait of what life's like inside the "guards"-but what will happen when our savvy writer of crime fiction, a shapeshifter by necessity, turns his or her sights on Kris herself? Could Galetti wind up finding herself written into the manuscriptthat tells us "Death, after all, is only significant as a corrupter of what is living. And what the detective story really trivializes is life itself." Probably a bit too much thinking for the audience it hopes to attract.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752856940
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.14(d)

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Meet the Author

Jim Lusby was born in 1951.A former Hennessy Award winner for his short stories, he has also written for the stage and radio. He now lives in Dublin.

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Serial 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moved well and kept you in suspence up to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth the effort to read .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a decent book, i thought it was suspenseful, it kept me guessing about who the killer was
ronnies4 More than 1 year ago
One of the silliest short stories I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy these short stories. The author just needs to break out a thesaurus to see there are other words available instead of repeating the same ones over & over. I'd read more if published.