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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 ...

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Overview

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...

C.E. Lawrence is the byline of a New York-based suspense writer, performer, and prize-winning playwright whose previous books have been praised as "lively. . ." (Publishers Weekly); "constantly absorbing. . ." (starred Kirkus Review); and "superbly crafted prose" (Boston Herald).

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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786021482
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 699,815
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2010

    Pretty good!!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2009

    Silent Screams

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    SILENT SCREAMS

    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!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    This book was SO worth the read...

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    For someone with a short attention span, I was up way past bedti

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    ?

    Is this a true crime book ??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Good book!

    Good read, my first purchase on my Nook; have to say I am hooked!! Will be purchasing the next novel by CE Lawrence

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Infected by brianna

    In the twelveth result

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Get an editor!

    It would have been an enjoyable read if not for so many glaring errors

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    Highly reccommended-Check it out!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Good book

    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.

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

    a believable crime thriller

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Good

    This is a good mystery. I plan on reading others by this auther.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    highly recommended

    Reads easily and keeps your interest throughout the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2011

    Entertaining read, but needs an editor!

    I was entertained by this book and enjoyed the twist at the end. However, the grammatical and spelling errors began to get annoying. Then in one chapter, two characters participate in a conversation when they weren't even in the room. They are quoted during the conversation, but then enter the room later in the chapter.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

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    Thoroughly Enjoyable

    As an extremely picky reader, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Great plot with a nicely woven cast of characters. Lee Campbell is wonderfully human and prone to all the faults, quirks, and habits as the rest of us. I could not put this book down and once I finished, I went back and read it again! I was grabbed from the first sentence and immediately began hoping for a followup. It might not be what some people were expecting but I truly enjoyed this and would--I have actually--recommended it to my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2011

    Not the story, the way it was written...

    The storyline was OK. The way it was written was stilted, predictable and overdone. Sounded like a TV script for Criminal Minds (where I actually heard a part of this book recited word for word! Unless I was having Deja Vu)

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    Great Plot, not so great leading character

    The story was really good and all of the other characters were great. However, the leading character Lee Campbell, the profiler, suffers from depression after 9/11; and his sister has been missing for years and is presumed dead. His depression is understandable, but, after awhile enough is enough and it gets very tiresome reading about him in the throws of his depression. I liked the book's plot enough to purchase the next book in this series, Silent Screams, hoping Campbell would improve and the book would reflect this...not to be. Once again great story and a very depressed as well as depressing Campbell. C. E. Lawrence's books show great potential and are enjoyable if you can overlook the extremely depressing leading character. My advice to the author is to get some medication down Campbell and cheer him up a little or get a new leading character.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    very good read

    This was a great read that you won't want to put down. There was a bit of unnecessary repetition but other than that, I thought it was excellent w/ an excellent ending.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    good book

    I had a hard time putting this one down.. very good reading and an overall very good book...

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