Silent Screams

Silent Screams

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by C.E. Lawrence
     
 

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A Deranged Killer's Twisted Urges

In the streets of New York City, the Slasher chooses his victim—and makes his move. As he wraps his fingers around the girl's pretty throat, his power increases. As he carves into her skin, his words become flesh. As he arranges her lifeless body in a loving tableau, his fantasies demand new, more violent sacrifices. . .

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A Deranged Killer's Twisted Urges

In the streets of New York City, the Slasher chooses his victim—and makes his move. As he wraps his fingers around the girl's pretty throat, his power increases. As he carves into her skin, his words become flesh. As he arranges her lifeless body in a loving tableau, his fantasies demand new, more violent sacrifices. . .

A Profiler's Cunning Plan

At first, NYPD detectives suspect a jealous boyfriend. But criminal profiler Lee Campbell senses something darker, even ritualistic, about the murder. More chilling, he's convinced he's witnessing the genesis of a full-blown serial killer. But time is running out. A new victim has been chosen. Campbell must search the most terrifying recesses of the human mind—and his own past—before the screaming starts again. . .

"Pulse-racing, compelling, first rate. Lawrence knows how to build and hold suspense with the best of them. Once you get into this one, you can't get out. A wild ride down a dark road." —John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of Urge to Kill

"C. E. Lawrence has achieved a rare level of authenticity, not only in character development but also in the realistic use of behavioral science. If you want to read a serial-killer thriller that's solidly based on frightening reality, this is the one." —Louis B Schlesinger, Ph.D., professor of forensic psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

"C. E. Lawrence delivers finely honed suspense, with unique twists, and accurately captures the logic and intuition of a profiler under pressure." —Katherine Ramsland, professor of forensic psychology, De Sales University, and author of The Devil's Dozen

"Criminally compelling, Silent Screams by C.E. Lawrence nails you to your seat with a fascinating NYPD profiler who's hurled into the case of his lifetime. From the Bronx to Manhattan, Catholic churches to university classrooms, this journey into violence and the soul is unforgettable." —- Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies and The Last Spymaster

"Silent Screams is a wickedly brilliant, carefully wrought thriller where the roles of hunter and hunted are skillfully blurred. Team up with a virtuoso profiler and a street-wise Bronx detective as they are thrown into an escalating torrent of murder that threatens to sweep them away. It's ride that neither they, or you, will soon forget." —Gregg McCrary, author of The Unknown Darkness: Profiling the Predators Among Us

"By setting the horror of fictional killings against the background of 9/11, C.E. Lawrence constantly reminds the reader that life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. The deviant perpetrator of grisly murders is described as someone who has a sophisticated knowledge of forensic investigations. The same can be said of the author. Silent Screams beckons C.E. Lawrence to become a repeat offender in this genre." —Marina Stajic, Ph.D., President of American Board of Forensic Toxicology

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In New York not long after 9/11, appealing psychologist-turned-criminal profiler Lee Campbell is traumatized by the unsolved disappearance of his sister in the mid-1990s. Though still recovering from a nervous breakdown, Lee is determined to keep working with the NYPD and find the man who leaves his female victims mutilated in churches throughout Manhattan, even if it means enduring painful reminders of his past. Lawrence (a pseudonym for Carole Buggé, author of the Claire Rawlings mysteries) assembles a quirky group of detectives and experts, all strong characters who can support future books in the series: Chuck Morton, the commander of the Bronx Major Case Unit, who married Lee's ex; Eddie Pepitone, a hustler who befriended Lee in the hospital; Dr. Katherine Azarian, a forensic pathologist and Lee's love interest; and brilliant criminal justice professor John Paul Nelson. Fans of Keith Ablow will enjoy this dark, intriguing thriller. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786021482
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
953,205
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

Louis B Schlesinger
"C. E. Lawrence has achieved a rare level of authenticity, not only in character development but also in the realistic use of behavioral science. If you want to read a serial-killer thriller that's solidly based on frightening reality, this is the one."--(Louis B Schlesinger, Ph.D., professor of forensic psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice)
John Lutz
"Pulse-racing, compelling, first rate. Lawrence knows how to build and hold suspense with the best of them. Once you get into this one, you can't get out. A wild ride down a dark road."--(John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of Urge to Kill)
Gayle Lynds
"Criminally compelling, Silent Screams by C.E. Lawrence nails you to your seat with a fascinating NYPD profiler who's hurled into the case of his lifetime. From the Bronx to Manhattan, Catholic churches to university classrooms, this journey into violence and the soul is unforgettable."--(Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies and The Last Spymaster)
Katherine Ramsland
"C. E. Lawrence delivers finely honed suspense, with unique twists, and accurately captures the logic and intuition of a profiler under pressure."--(Katherine Ramsland, professor of forensic psychology, De Sales University, and author of The Devil's Dozen)
Gregg McCrary
"Silent Screams is a wickedly brilliant, carefully wrought thriller where the roles of hunter and hunted are skillfully blurred. Team up with a virtuoso profiler and a street-wise Bronx detective as they are thrown into an escalating torrent of murder that threatens to sweep them away. It's ride that neither they, or you, will soon forget."--(Gregg McCrary, author of The Unknown Darkness: Profiling the Predators Among Us )

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first book to read on my Nook-I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to get into the story like I do with traditional books but this book had me hooked! It was easy to follow and had good suspense. A little creepy to read at home alone at night, which I like in a mystery/suspense novel.
MNK More than 1 year ago
This is a truly harrowing experience .. a thriller rooted in character analysis that spares neither protagonist nor antagonist! The story of a serial killer and the man who must track him down: a criminal profiler whose personal life has brought him to the brink of emotional destruction. Normally, I avoid novels about serial killers, though I have read excellent examples by Connolly, Kellerman, and Lehane. But "Silent Screams" is so deeply rooted in the (almost unattainable) joy of life that when it takes one into the lower depths, the struggle for a better humanity counteracts the darkness and blood-letting. I don't remember reading anything this intense that wasn't written originally in Russian! Marvin Kaye
shastadawn More than 1 year ago
So far, I haven't been able to put the book down....I start thinking one thing and then the plot turns in another direction from what I expected. You think..ah-ha...this person did it....but not so!!!
AngelSiren More than 1 year ago
The author's keen insights and depth of character development pulled me into this story and never lost its grip. I found myself cheering on the profiler in the case and at the same time felt a degree of sympathy for the killer. This is a true "potato chip" book, because once you start reading, you just can't stop!
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For someone with a short attention span, I was up way past bedtime plowing through to the end and enjoyed it so much that I stacked a few more of Lawrence's titles into my electric reads. Lawrence's unique characters are well defined and come to life via their entertaining dialog that pushes the imaginative plot along at a great pace. I highly recommend this book to anyone who lives for page-turning mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, my first purchase on my Nook; have to say I am hooked!! Will be purchasing the next novel by CE Lawrence
KymLaw More than 1 year ago
I couldb't put it down. The suspense slowly rose to a fever pitch. The protagonist Lee is as haunted as the killer. C.E. LAwrence makes you feel soory for bith of them. Looke forward to reading more from this author.
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Good book, kept my interest throughout. With few clues as to who the culprit is for the armchair detective, I found it more of a police procedural than a mystery. Still, a good read.
Kyaro More than 1 year ago
I'm not normally a fan of this genre, but I enjoyed this book very much. I thought it was much better written than, say, a Dan Brown. Part of the reason I probably liked it was because it was set in NYC. I also found it interesting to read because of the tidbits related to actual crimes, for instance, the rate at which the body temperature declines after a person has died, or the fact that fingerprints can be gathered from inside latex gloves. I would especially recommend this book to anybody who enjoys mysteries.
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This is a good mystery. I plan on reading others by this auther.
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kath3k More than 1 year ago
Reads easily and keeps your interest throughout the book.
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