Seven Ways to Die

Seven Ways to Die

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by William Diehl

From the New York Times bestselling author of PRIMAL FEAR and SHARKY'S MACHINE -- From the Nez Perce Indian reservation in Idaho to New York's Central Park is a straight line right through Bill Diehl's last and most intriguing lead character, Micah Cody.

There are seven basic ways to die. In 1969 Dr. John C. Cavanaugh catalogued them all in his Primer of Forensic

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From the New York Times bestselling author of PRIMAL FEAR and SHARKY'S MACHINE -- From the Nez Perce Indian reservation in Idaho to New York's Central Park is a straight line right through Bill Diehl's last and most intriguing lead character, Micah Cody.

There are seven basic ways to die. In 1969 Dr. John C. Cavanaugh catalogued them all in his Primer of Forensic Pathology-Cast Studies for the Novice M.E.

Micah Cody is a 30-something NYPD captain of homicide, who's founded a special unit known as TAZ with city-wide license to take over any investigation at all, with special focus on serial killers. Now its ultimate challenge is on the loose in Manhattan, with three victims already whose causes of death seem like intentional defiance of TAZ's existence-and four to go in four deadly days leading up to Halloween. Chronicling it all with great amusement is the Capote-like award-winning crime writer Ward Hamilton who, egged on by his sexually voracious socialite bedmate, is determined to bring TAZ to its knees journalistically.

Captain Micah Cody's Nez Perce name is "Youngest Wolf" from his ability to communicate with the animals and read nature's signs. As all hell is breaking loose in Manhattan, the wolves in Central Park howl, the peregrine falcons shriek their warnings-and Micah is listening.

Seven Ways to Die is a non-stop, sexy read with Diehl doing to the end what he did best throughout his bestselling career.

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Editorial Reviews

Brett Battles
Seven Ways to Die is a hell of a ride, and Bill Diehl at his very best. Only wish it was longer because I didn’t want it to end! —Brett Battles, bestselling author of the Jonathan Quinn thrillers
Fred Willard
Bill Diehl writes with total conviction and fills his fictional world with characters and places so vibrant we love to follow them through each hairpin turn and moral discovery. The mind of the detective and the mind of the criminal dance with our expectations and leave us surprised at every move.

Bill Diehl was an inspiration to writers in Georgia by showing us all what a author could be and do.

Fred Willard - author of Down on Ponce and Princess Naughty and the Voodoo Cadil
Jackie Lee Miles
There are many ways to die and Bill Diehl was versed in all of them. His final novel, Seven Ways to Die will have you holding your breath and clutching your chest. He’s that scary when he writes. But this is a book that goes beyond scary. It sweeps you away to the heart of all that matters then brings you home again.In this well-crafted masterpiece, Diehl skillfully touches on the elements of nature that connect the old to the new. It makes for a mesmerizing and unforgettable read.

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Meet the Author

The late William Diehl is the author of numerous fast-paced New York Times bestsellers, including two, Primal Fear and Sharky's Machine that were made into major motion pictures.

Prior to his death in 2006, Diehl had written over 400 pages of manuscript for Seven Ways to Die, and left behind a working outline, notes and chapter drafts. Ken Atchity worked personally with Bill's widow, Virginia Gunn Diehl, along with his screenwriting partner Michael A. Simpson, to bring this novel to completion.

William Diehl was an extraordinarily gifted storyteller who enjoyed an unbroken string of bestselling novels including 27 aka The Hunt, Thai Horse, Hooligans, Chameleon, Show of Evil, Primal Fear (Richard Gere and Edward Norton) and Sharkey's Machine. Seven Ways to Die is more than a worthy final addition to the Diehl canon.

For twenty years he lived on Georgia's St. Simons Island with his wife Virginia Gunn, a former Atlanta TV reporter.

Diehl, who began writing novels at the age of 50, was strongly influenced by his experiences as a ball turret gunner on a B-24 in World War II--for which he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and Air Medal.He met Martin Luther King and took part in the Civil Right movement. He became a staff reporter at The Atlanta Constitution, then the first managing editor of Atlanta magazine.

Kenneth Atchity, author of fifteen previous books, is a prolific producer of motion pictures for television and theater, as well as former professor of comparative literature and Fulbright professor of American studies. Atchity, author of fifteen books, has been an editor and manager of bestselling authors for twenty-five years, and responsible for twenty bestselling novels.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I have been aware of William Diehl's impressive reputation as an author and the many readers who are fans of his books, this is my introduction to the writer. I enjoyed the book tremendously and felt that it was exactly what the book led me to expect and what the author was trying to accomplish. It’s well plotted, fast paced and very enjoyable with enough surprising details before the case is solved to keep the reader's interest. The thing that I appreciated about the story was the author's ability to add enough complexity so that even when the clues were sufficient to lead the reader in the general direction of the solution, you still wanted to learn how all the various threads were interrelated. This is a very fast read, and should be enjoyed by long time Diehl fans as well as first time readers such as myself. The details and relationships of the characters are as important to keeping your interest as is the major story line. 7 Ways to Die was so entertaining that I definitely plan to read some of the earlier works by the author.
BRudman More than 1 year ago
This is a seamless, taut and wonderfully disturbing thriller that only Bill Diehl could have conceived. Unfinished at the time of Bill's death, Ken Atchity and Michael Simpson have remained faithful to Bill's vision and delivered one of the finest Diehl novels yet. Those of you who have followed Bill's work, from Sharkey's Machine to Primal Fear to Eureka, will not be disappointed. Others who read this first will be driven to go back and enjoy Bill's nine prior novels.
blainegroup More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. It's the first Diehl thriller I've read, and I found it a gripping page turner, worthy of his reputation. I'm so sorry we lost him! Devon Blaine
O_Lan More than 1 year ago
What a great read! William Diehl was an extraordinarily gifted storyteller and his final thriller will not disappoint. Bill introduces yet another fascinating protagonist in Micah Cody detailed and enigmatic in a way that only Bill Diehl can create a character! The members of his special task force are equally absorbing, (including Charley, the German Shepherd he rescues after 9-11), as they get caught up in a series of unnerving murders in New York City ... Nothing is as it seems!
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The story was great! It was a real page turner!
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Concept okay but writing nothing like Diehl's Primal Fear.
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I couldn't put it down. Great mystery thriller.
tamsparks More than 1 year ago
Seven Ways to Die is a delicious mixture of police procedural, forensics and character study, with an unexpected and healthy dose of sex thrown in. Micah Cody is a Nez Perce Indian homicide detective with a pony tail and an uncanny ability to communicate with animals. As a main character he’s got it all: good looks, mystery, and the ability to get into the mind of a serial killer. He’s formed a subgroup of the NYPD called the Tactical Assistant Squad (TAZ) and assembled the best of the best to help him solve homicides, including a computer whiz, a forensic pathologist, and an assistant DA. He also has a white German shepherd named Charley with “the best nose in the business” that accompanies Cody on investigations, and indeed plays an important part in solving this mystery. TAZ is called in to investigate the murder of a successful stock broker named Raymond Handley. They are first to arrive on the scene and discover the victim dead, naked and tied to a chair. His throat is slashed but there isn’t a drop of blood to be found. Back at headquarters, the team gets to work trying to determine cause of death, and they discover something chilling. Although Handley appears to have died from having his neck slashed, they discover the underlying and true cause of death: drug-induced heart failure and de-sanguination. This mislead occurs in subsequent murders, and the TAZ crew realizes that they have a serial killer on their hands. In the midst of TAZ trying to get a lead on the killer, we are introduced to Ward Hamilton, a pompous and flamboyant true crime writer who convinces his editor to let him write a series of articles about unsolved cases in the NYPD. Having failed at writing novels, Hamilton feels the need to redeem himself and make a comeback with the articles, which will culminate in a book. And he’s found his first subject for the project: the case of a young dancer named Melinda Cramer, whose apparent suicide was never solved by Cody and his team. Hamilton is a truly unlikable character, and as he tries to get the Cramer case file from Cody to start his research, we get glimpses into his unsavory life as a playboy that he shares with his equally unlikable lover Victoria. When a second body turns up naked and tied to a chair, the hunt intensifies to find the killer before he or she can strike again. Along with the growing suspense and the terror of trying to stop a serial killer, Diehl introduces a love interest for Cody, a woman named Amelie who coincidentally lives in the apartment across from Handley’s. The instant attraction between the two was a nice break from the tension, and in a particularly sweet scene, Cody takes Amelie with him to the zoo in Central Park where he demonstrates his rapport with the zoo’s resident wolves. Diehl is adept at pacing, and he manages to keep the large cast of characters under control while the action escalates toward the final showdown between Cody and the killer. I thought the dialog was first-rate, and with snappy lines like “Cody knew his goose was cooked” I was charmed from page one. Diehl and Atchity also neatly tie in the title of the book, with the forensic description of the seven ways homicide victims are killed. It was a pleasure to read the book of a seasoned and talented writer, and the work that Atchity did to finish it off was brilliant. Many thanks to co-author Kenneth John Atchity for supplying a review copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fascinating book & it made me more than a little sad to read it was W. Diehl's final writing effort. K.J. Atchity & his "team" did an admirable job of completing this book for all of us to read. The storyline & writing style are truly seamless, & it certainly lived up to the crime-thriller genre. My only regret ... I feel a sense of loss over the fact that Micah Cody & his super-talented & hand-picked investigative team of characters will not be a part of my reading future.
MaryC1 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. It brought me to places I'd never been, the back alleys of Manhattan, the wilds of Central Park, not to mention th wolves and Nez Perce reservation. I didn't know murder coud be such a sick work of art, and respect the detectives who analyze it and bring the offenders to justice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story and the main character. Micah Cody could have been a character you could off of whom you could build a series. That said, this book had several flaws. First, while the TAZ was supposed to be an elite squad, there didn't seem to be any qualifications for what cases they took on. I never really understood why they took on the first case and luckily for them they stumbled on a serial killer! Speaking of which, the second murder didn't take place until over half way through the book and then we/they weren't sure if it was the same killer until the bodies started dropping like flies. The cast of characters is extensive and sometimes hard to keep track of. There are also several extraneous scenes, including on EXTREMELY GRAPHIC sex scene that was totally unexpected! It's been a long time since I've read Bill Diehl, but I don't recall his writing being so disjointed. I have to assume the second writer inserted his own influence on the book and ultimately caused it to suffer. I'd recommend this book, but there are better offerings out there.
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I have read his books before. The Primal Fear Trilogy, and Eureka. Mr. Diehl never failed to to write a very exciting and riveting book. I totally loved 7 ways to die. I am sorry we can have no more Micah Cody books, or any more forthcoming from William Diehl. This book is a very rare book. It reminds me of the Nelson DeMille type books, and the mystery thrillers of the 60's and 70's. He will be sorely missed.
DJ41 More than 1 year ago
I didn't know the author but I'm hunting for his previous books. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was not boring by any means.
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alliFL More than 1 year ago
Very interesting read, would buy another by this author
papadawg More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading this book it kept me turn the pages as fast as I could.
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