The Girls He Adored: Many Shades of Evil, Just One Shade of Blondby 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 secretsand introduces one of/i>
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 secretsand 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 egosmale and female, brilliant and naive, murderous and passiveall 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 boyand all the girls he adored.
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"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 easilyor as easily as the fetters would allow. "I dunno, thirty, forty seconds. She was still sitting up."
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