Show of Evil

Overview

It begins with a shocking, unsolved murder. In small town in southern Illinois, the butchered body of Linda Balfour—with a cryptic code printed in blood on the back of her head—forges a gruesome link to the brutal murder of Bishop Rushman, the beloved Chicago clergyman who had been dismembered years before by the angelic-looking altar boy, Aaron Stampler. The same Aaron Stampler whom defense attorney Martin Vail saved from the electric chair...

Now Vail is Chicago's chief ...

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Overview

It begins with a shocking, unsolved murder. In small town in southern Illinois, the butchered body of Linda Balfour—with a cryptic code printed in blood on the back of her head—forges a gruesome link to the brutal murder of Bishop Rushman, the beloved Chicago clergyman who had been dismembered years before by the angelic-looking altar boy, Aaron Stampler. The same Aaron Stampler whom defense attorney Martin Vail saved from the electric chair...

Now Vail is Chicago's chief prosecutor, facing the nightmare of his life. If Stampler has been locked away in a high-security institution for the past ten years, how could he have killed Linda Balfour? Then another altar boy turns up dead with a similar inscription in blood on the back of his head. If Aaron Stampler isn't committing these killings, who is? Martin Vail's career—maybe even his life—hangs on the answer...

After another gruesome murder, attorney Martin Vail is in a race against timeto discover who is carrying on a madman's bloody legacy. 2 cassettes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Attorney Vail tangles again with serial killer Stampler in this sequel to Primal Fear. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Diehl, the author of previous hits Chameleon 1982 and Sharky's Machine 1978, has the makings of another best seller here. Defense attorney-turned-district attorney Martin Vail comes to regret having saved a murderer, Aaron Stampler, from the death penalty; Stampler wasn't suffering from multiple personality disorder but was merely a vicious killer who has many more scores to settle. When Stampler proves smart enough to convince an egotistical psychiatrist that he is now sane and can return to society, Vail has to out-think him to save not only his own life but the lives of everyone who contributed to the killer's ten years in a mental institution. The action is gripping, and the characters are well drawn. Buy for suspense collections and for Diehl's established fans. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/95.]-Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Ia.
Mary Frances Wilkens
Martin Vail, formerly one of the most successful defense lawyers in Chicago, saved psychotic murderer Aaron Stampler from a death sentence. Ten years later, he has become the leading prosecutor in the D.A.'s office, where he and his group of young lawyers, dubbed the Wild Bunch by the media, become mesmerized by a string of murders that seems to have a common thread--a similarity that frightens Vail because it involves Stampler. Ironically, it is Jane Venable, the unsuccessful prosecutor in the Stampler case, whom Vail enlists to help unravel the complicated, gruesome details. A nice respite amid the gore is the relationship that develops between the two middle-aged attorneys who worked too hard to ever fall in love. From a legal perspective, "Show of Evil" is impressive in its accuracies and procedural details (in fact, "State v. O. J." fans will find informative background information here). From a dramatic perspective, though, Diehl tries to cover too much territory; rather than sticking to the main whodunit, there are minimysteries throughout. Still, this is an exciting thriller that should keep crime fiction readers asking for more.
Larry King
A crackling good yarn. -- USA Today
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Now a chief prosecutor, Primal Fear's Martin Vail is faced with the murder of a woman who died with a bloody inscription on her hand--the same one found on the head of a clergyman murdered years before by Aaron Stampler... Primal Fear's psychotic murderer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345375360
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 298,711
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

William Diehl is the author of the bestsellers Sharky's Machine, Thai Horse, Hooligans, Chameleon, 27, and Primal Fear. He lives on St. Simons Island, Georgia, with his wife, Virginia Gunn, and his daughter, Temple.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    Good Sequel

    This was a good sequel to Primal Fear but wasn't quite as good. There were subplots that cluttered the book more than provided entertainment. It had great characters that interacted well. It was definitely a page turner and I will be reading the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2001

    SHOW OF EVIL

    THIS BOOK WILL HAVE YOU UP ALL NIGHT READING IT. AN EXTRAORDINARY BOOK. I HAVE TO SAY, WELL I FELL IN LOVE WITH RAYMOND VULPES.WILLIAM DIEHL HAS AN AWESOME WAY OF MAKING YOU FEEL YOUR PART OF THE STORY.

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