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The Girls He Adored: Many Shades of Evil, Just One Shade of Blond
     

The Girls He Adored: Many Shades of Evil, Just One Shade of Blond

by Jonathan Nasaw, Lee Sellars (Read by)
 

A twisted and sexually charged thriller of extraoridnary originality and page-turning suspense, The Girls He Adored moves furiously from the inner recesses of the psyche to its startling climax. Jonathan Nasaw brilliantly portrays two equally inense characters&3151;a deviant killer and the expert who can unlock his darkest secrets—and introduces one of

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A twisted and sexually charged thriller of extraoridnary originality and page-turning suspense, The Girls He Adored moves furiously from the inner recesses of the psyche to its startling climax. Jonathan Nasaw brilliantly portrays two equally inense characters&3151;a deviant killer and the expert who can unlock his darkest secrets—and introduces one of the most likable sleuths in recent fiction.

For ten years, the charmingly disheveled veteran FBI Special Agent E. L. Pender hasbeen investigating the apparently random disappearances of a dozen women across the country. The only detail the cases have in common is the strawberry blonde color of the victims' hair, the presence of a mystery man with whom they were last seen.

Then, in Monterey, California, a routine traffic stop erupts into a scene of horrific violence. The local police are stunned by a disemboweled strawberry blonde victim and an ingenious killer with mulitple alternating personalities. Pender is convinced he has found his man, but before he can prove it, the suspect stages a cunning jailbreak and abducts his court-appointed psychiatrist, Irene Cogan.

In a house of horrors on a secluded ridge in Oregon, Irene must navigate through the minefield of her captor's various egos—male and female, brilliant and naive, murderous and passive—all of whom are dominated by Max, a seductive killer who views her as both his prisoner and his salvation. Irene knows that to survive she must play along with Max's game of sexual perversion. Only then will she be able to strip back the layers to discover a chilling story of a shattered young boy—and all the girls he adored.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The homage to Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs is perhaps a bit too heavy-handed, but readers should get their bloodmoney's worth out of this twisted tale of a serial killer with a taste for strawberry blondes. "The system of identities known collectively as Ulysses Christopher Maxwell Jr." contains: a mnemonics expert, a petulant child, an extremely seductive young man, a demonic killer and a frighteningly smart front man named Max. It was Max who was finally arrested in California's Monterey County, sitting next to the recently disemboweled body of a young woman, during a routine traffic stop. Dr. Irene Cogan, an expert in what is now called DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) because "multiple personality disorder" got a bad name, finds Max a real challenge--and just a bit of a turn-on. For veteran FBI agent E.L. Pender, two years away from mandatory retirement and once voted the worst-dressed agent in the bureau, Max might mean the end of a one-man crusade to convince the world that all those strawberry blondes who mysteriously disappeared over the last 10 years were the victims of a serial killer Pender calls Casey, after the old song "And the Band Played On." When Max uses his Lecter-like skills to break out of jail and kidnap Dr. Cogan, Pender trails them to a horrific farm called Scorned Ridge in Oregon. Thanks largely to Nasaw's sharp writing, familiarity breeds not contempt but interest in how it all comes out. (Jan. 9) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An unsavory thriller about a man with multiple personalities, most of them unpleasant. When he was a little boy, Ulysses Christopher Maxwell Jr. had abusive parents. They did awful things to him, as a result of which he became a sociopath. Not just an ordinary sociopath, mind you, but the DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) kind. Among the Maxwell multiples are: manipulative Max, the host or boss alter; Mose, Alicia, Christopher, Lyssy, and Kinch. Watch out for Kinch. He's the alter who does the knife work. He's also the one responsible for the all the raping, as well as sundry other, graphically described, sexual atrocities. Strawberry blonds, all over the country, have been encountering Kinch at play, but at last FBI agent E.L. Pender has picked up a strong scent. For over ten years, he's been following the gruesome trail, getting close every so often, then faked out."The system"—Max, Kinch, et al.—is as elusive as it is murderous. But now there's been a break in the case. A perp, caught bloody-handed, virtually in the act of disemboweling still another unfortunate strawberry blond, languishes in a Montgomery County (Calif.) jail. He won't give his name, but there he is being interviewed by Dr. Irene Cogan, psychiatrist, when Pender, having recognized his m.o., catches up with him. Not for long, however. Overpowering Pender and subsequently kidnapping Dr. Irene, the system bundles her off to Miss Miller's weird little house in the hills. Horribly scarred, innately evil, a figure out of nightmares, and as nutty as they come, Miss Miller also once had strawberry blond hair. Ah-ha! Could it be she, then, who sparks the system? Relentlesslysadistic.Among thevampires of his earlier work (Shadows, 1997, etc.), Nasaw's done better.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743517966
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Series:
E.L. Pender Series , #1
Edition description:
Abridged, 3 cassettes, 4 hrs. 30 min.
Product dimensions:
4.06(w) x 7.01(h) x 1.02(d)

Read an Excerpt

"The first thing I remember is finding myself sitting in a car next to the body of a young woman who had recently been disembowled."

Dr. Cogan looked up from the manila folder. The prisoner was waiting for her next question with an eager grin, his gold-flecked eyes shining, looking for all the world like a man enjoying a terrific first date. Momentarily jarred out of her professional detachment, the psychiatrist switched onto automatic pilot, lobbying one of the interviewee's last words back at him in lieu of a real question.

"Recently? How recently?"

The prisoner shrugged easily—or as easily as the fetters would allow. "I dunno, thirty, forty seconds. She was still sitting up."

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