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It was discovered after her death that the victim had been working as a high-class ...
It was discovered after her death that the victim had been working as a high-class prostitute, and the police are content to assume she was killed by a client, common in such a dangerous line of work. Yet as Till digs deeper, he realizes that the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way all had strawberry blonde hair, and all were shot with a 9mm handgun in the sanctity of their apartments.
Till must find his way around the tawdry and secretive online escort business, and decode ads placed by young women who all use false names, sometimes advertise using other women's pictures, and move from city to city every few months. Yet when Till is finally able to catch up with the killer, he finds that the man he's after is far more dangerous and volatile than he ever could have imagined. As the body count rises, Till must risk his life to find this seductive and ruthless killer whose murderous spree masks a far deadlier agenda.
Posted October 5, 2013
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The protagonist and his adversary in this newest terrific, suspenseful read from Thomas Perry have many similarities: Both Jack Till, retired LAPD homicide detective now working as a private investigator, and the man he nicknames The Boyfriend are both highly intelligent, patient, meticulous, proficient with various kinds of weaponry, and very lethal. Mostly they are both loners. Till, however, has a daughter with Down Syndrome of whom he is very protective. His wife had left them and divorced him shortly after she was diagnosed, unable to cope. Holly is now 28 years old, employed at a florist shop and living in a group home where she is well looked after. Till had retired after 23 years as a cop, and now embarks upon a relentless search for a killer.
The man Till is seeking is completely cold-blooded. He preys upon young, beautiful women, all of a very similar physical type, and all ‘working girls,’ albeit highly-paid escorts earning several thousand dollars a day, as opposed to streetwalkers. And all very vulnerable to the young, good-looking charmer, to their peril. He has apparently killed several of them in all different parts of the country. He has come to Till’s attention when the parents of the latest victim seek his help, when the police have, literally, no clues as to his identify. He agrees to take the case and undertakes the investigation, and soon uncovers the connection to the other murders. After 23 years as a cop, he “had an instinctive sense that this man was something he hadn’t seen before.”
Thomas Perry is the author, among his 21 previous books, of the wonderful Jane Whitefield series, and his newest is as much a page-turner as were those novels. He manages an ending that is wonderfully elegant. This was a terrific read, and is highly recommended.
Posted May 2, 2013
Jack Till is a retired detective, now private investigator. He is hired by some parents to find the killer of their daughter who worked as an escort. Till uses the on-line ad system to search for clues as to why someone might have wanted to kill her. As his eyes fog over he picks up a pattern with other escorts. Soon Till is trying to get to the other escorts before they too are killed.
When Jack realizes the killer's motives, he knows that the killer is a cold calculating expert that has a lot bigger motives than just murdering escorts. He has other targets in mind and the escorts may just be loose ends. This makes him a lot more dangerous than most of the bad guys Jack has chased in the past.
Besides Jack's chase, the story focuses on the story of the killer (Joey Moreland), how he came to be and what his motives are. Perry does a good job of this though the reader never gains any sympathy for Moreland. He also has a few action packed scenes with Jack racing to try to learn Moreland's identity and trying to prevent some of the things Moreland does.
This is a very good investigative mystery with dabs of breakneck action thrown in. I would have given it a full five stars but I felt that Jack slips away from the "good guy" path a few times in the story. Still I give it a strong four stars.
Posted April 5, 2013
Posted March 2, 2013
I enjoyed this book very much, Thomas Perry has always
Been one of my favorite authors.
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