The Parent Killer

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Haunted by horrific memories from his abused childhood, the main character finds a notebook of three children bonded together by the stories of their own parents atrocities to them. Determined to seek revenge on their behalf while they are in temporary hiding from harm, he sets out to violently kill each one of the evil parents.
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Overview

Haunted by horrific memories from his abused childhood, the main character finds a notebook of three children bonded together by the stories of their own parents atrocities to them. Determined to seek revenge on their behalf while they are in temporary hiding from harm, he sets out to violently kill each one of the evil parents.
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Publishers Weekly
That hoary old antihero of the murder mystery, the vigilante serial killer, is reconceived and supplied with a relatively new target in Blake's lurid debut novel, which takes place in a Louisiana backwater town where a series of abusive parents find themselves targeted for murder by a former child-abuse victim. The novel begins when young Danny Rampart and two of his friends run away after their efforts to protect themselves against their abusive parents prove futile. Matters are complicated when Danny's father, Bobby, is violently murdered, sending a chill through the tiny town of Sutter Springs. Most of the perspective on the town and the murders is provided by Mason Xavier, a former down-and-out resident who inherited millions after his parents died, and his sexy girlfriend, Rachel Borello. The high school principal, who has been letting the children hide out in the school over the summer, begins to suspect Xavier when the parents of another runaway child are killed. Blake takes a considerable risk by foreshadowing Xavier as the killer well before the climax of the novel, relying on a series of half-baked plot twists to sustain the suspense as Xavier abducts one of the runaway children to keep the police off his tail. The plotting is solid albeit pedestrian, but the quality of the prose ranges from generic to clumsy, and genre clich s pop up at regular intervals. Blake manages to generate some tension here and there, but overall this is a trite, overwrought debut. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Mason Xavier killed his abusive parents when he was 13, and his decision to reprise this role as an adult comes as no surprise when he happens upon a composition book chronicling the regular beatings of a trio of runaway children from his small Southern town. Between spicy assignations with his gal, the brooding anti-hero of this first novel hacks his way through a succession of cardboard villains in prose that clanks with the demonstrative verve of a writing exercise. Apart from many cliches ("The log cabin was quiet. Too quiet"), and derivative touches la Thomas Harris (the killer's back is covered with a dragon tattoo), the cardinal sin of this thriller is its lack of suspense. Playing on our natural abhorrence of child abuse, Blake presents us with all the cruelty of an Andrew Vachss vigilante story but with none of that author's style, pathos, or urgency. Avoid.-David Wright, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970698322
  • Publisher: RA Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    for something different, read this one..

    The Parent Killer is unlike any book I've read its a fictional story of abused children, and the man who takes it upon himself to help them. Due to my background in working with abused kids, anything written about the subject is something I want to read..no kids should ever have to suffer what abused children do. I've read a lot of books both fiction and non about the subject, but none have ever taken the path this one does. The story is tragic and uplifting, heinous and beautiful all in one. As I read it I was forced to examine my own ideas of right and wrong and of good and evil. While it was a fictional story, there were many times througout the story I found myself wondering what I would do.. The book is realistically written, honest and raw and entertaining as well. I couldn't put it down, I needed to keep turning those pages to find out how it would all end. Two thumbs way up!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2003

    THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME

    This booke is awesome. Once I started I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read more from Blake

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2003

    Attrociously Bad Writing.

    The writing is laughably, throw-the-book-across-the-roomingly bad. The editor is asleep at the wheel - Heed the PW review and don't bother with this one. As for the blurb from the teacher below, if you enjoy 'metophors' like "...nightmares that came and went like girlfriends and boyfriends in a journey through adolescent puppy love," or "...the heat from Rachel's crotch burning like a red flame on a sultry August evening," then yep, this 'uns for you (although I think those're simmy-lees, rather than meto-fors, teach.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2002

    Filled with metophors and symbolism--awesome!

    The Parent Killer was a very well written, page-turner. I just couldn't put the book down until I was finished reading it. I highly recommend it to everyone interested in saving children from abusive parents as a portion of the book proceeds go toward the Prevention of Children America.

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