The Steel Van Man [NOOK Book]

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The modus operandi of this powerful thriller is the hook that snags the reader in chapter one and just won't let go. In a sleepy coastal town north of Boston, a serial killer is murdering select victims, couples mostly. Intriguingly, however, this brutal hunter serves a higher calling. Detective Stanley Devonshire is uncovering a trail of evidence in an attempt to determine exactly how the killer has managed to continue on its horrific rampage ...
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The Steel Van Man

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Overview

The modus operandi of this powerful thriller is the hook that snags the reader in chapter one and just won't let go. In a sleepy coastal town north of Boston, a serial killer is murdering select victims, couples mostly. Intriguingly, however, this brutal hunter serves a higher calling. Detective Stanley Devonshire is uncovering a trail of evidence in an attempt to determine exactly how the killer has managed to continue on its horrific rampage undiscovered for what appears to be eighty years now and with the exact same pattern.

At the outset, there is no discernible thread of reason connecting the killings. So Stan enlists the help of his longtime friend from Marblehead, Detective Mark Brown. Stan is also joined forcibly by a stunning state police officer and imposing federal agent who follow him along on a journey of revelation, twist after convoluted twist. Devonshire is certain he is close to solving the cases stacking up on his desk, but in his attempt to identify the illusive killer, will he or someone close to him become the hunter's next prey?

The Steel Van Man has the reader holding his breath and postulating at every turn as the book weaves a story of murders committed, secrets revealed and justice sought. While the author weaves tantalizing threads of disclosure, the reader is driven in an uncomfortable direction, a direction he might prefer to avoid.
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Editorial Reviews

Thriller Author - Ashley Fontainne
Mr. Stadtlander writes with perfection—the first-person perspective of the hunter—and takes you inside the inner workings of a sociopath’s damaged psyche. The sins of one twisted soul have tainted the hunter, thus breeding a killer, a vicious murderer who could have easily been the predator stalking innocence, but opted to attempt to save it instead.
Ignite Book Reviews - Kath Middleton
This novel turns the crime/thriller genre on its head…an intriguing idea, that someone’s early upbringing, complemented by a deep experience a little later in life, could result in the creation of a ‘monster’ who kills—but not indiscriminately. If you are at all interested in the psychology of a killer, this book is a must!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148477648
  • Publisher: Ashian Ink Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 1,271,601
  • File size: 698 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    To me, the mark of a good story is one that I'm sorry to see end

    To me, the mark of a good story is one that I'm sorry to see end. The characters are richly detailed and the plot is gripping, and sometimes shocking. I don't recall the last time I read something that made me step back and question who the protagonist is, several times back and forth. The author cleverly draws you in and before you know it, you might wonder who you really want to root for here. Love the bits of humor and the Massachusetts locations

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    WOW! No matter what kind of book you usually pick up this is de

    WOW! No matter what kind of book you usually pick up this is definitely a MUST read.....the author grabs you from the first page and you dont put it down until the end...
    It is thrilling, and has the twists and turns a great book needs to capture an audience and plays a complete movie in your head!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

    Jason delivers a thrilling story that keeps you guessing from on

    Jason delivers a thrilling story that keeps you guessing from one chapter to the next. Just when you think you know who the killer is, the plot twists and proves you wrong. Once you start reading, it's hard to put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

    I started reading the book and did not want to put it down. Afte

    I started reading the book and did not want to put it down. After getting a few chapters in, I had to put it down to get some sleep. I finished the book in a weekend, and was sad to get to the last page. I'm hoping there is a 2nd book, maybe a series. I love finding a great author - someone who can make you actually care about what happens to the characters. Jason is a great author. I am looking forward to reading more of his work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2013

    A few weeks ago I came across an intriguing title ¿The Steel Van

    A few weeks ago I came across an intriguing title “The Steel Van Man.” Everything from the art on the front cover to the author’s description of a serial killer with a higher calling, I was hooked. I bought the book, then life happened, and I finally picked it up to read just the other day. WOW!!

    I could just not put it down. I am usually good at figuring out the “Next move” of most good Novels. The Steel Van Man is not a good Novel. It will go down in literature as one of the greatest mind benders ever printed. It is a Great Murder mystery.

    Jason Stadtlander sucked my brains out turned them to mush, cost me lost sleep, lost meals, my razor got rusty. Just when I was sure the story would go left then slide sideways, I was catapulted into mid air. Kind of like riding one of those endless water-slides with one of your kids or grand-kids. EXCEPT that your riding your slide at night, in total darkness, in the fog, down Pikes Peak, with no safety pool at the bottom while a guttural growling hyena awaits your arrival.

    If you are looking for a mystery that with scare you ****less, cause you to peek around corners for 2 weeks following, and cause you to sleep with flashlights, bad dogs and big guns, you have come to the right spot. Great job Jason. Now go buy me a sleeping pill. Great Job. 
    Jason. Now gimmie back my nighttime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    I absolutley loved this book from the first page! This is defini

    I absolutley loved this book from the first page! This is definitely one of the best crime thrillers I've read in a long time. When I got to the end I said, "What, all done"! No more pages to turn! The characters were awesome and the twists and turns! Wow! Mr. Statlander really makes you think with this thriller. You thought you figured out, well think again. If you love crime thrillers, you love this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    I don't normally read murder-mystery thrillers, but this one sur

    I don't normally read murder-mystery thrillers, but this one surprised me. I couldn't stop reading!How does any normal person deal with life after they've been a victim of a crime? How does an innocent and powerless child attempt to make sense of a beating or deprivation or a violation of their body?  How long does a responsible citizen sit and watch television reports of how a criminal is made to look like an innocent bystander while the true victim's life is torn to shreds by crafty lawyers and a zealous media, hungry for a story?  How long do we put up with injustice until we reach the point where we can take it no more?  Combine that fury and anger with the heavy drape of evil that darkens the soul of a serial killer and you have The Steel Van Man.
    The story moves quickly and teases us with a new revelation as each chapter ends.  It's a smart novel, leaving no flaws that we have to overlook in order to help us read on.  It's thorough and detailed yet never gets bogged down.  The characters are well developed and stay true to who they are.  We aren't deceived by a surprise twist that an author may think was clever but in effect, devalues the plot.  It's smart, logical and real.  We walk along with Detective Stan Devonshire as each new lead is checked and the truth is sought.
    We move from the surreal introduction of a severed head at a crime scene to the gut wrenching conclusion where the we wonder if one can ever right any of the wrongs of a decaying society.  The author forces us to do our own soul searching and decide does the punishment fit the crime.  Is there a justified revenge?  What do we do when the laws that are designed to protect, instead allow the criminal to strike at their prey once more?
    Jason D. Stadtlander has written a gripping thriller of a murder-mystery.  His editor, Linda Patterson Sickenger who wrote the 'Editor's Afterword', ensures that the reader doesn't stumble over sentence fragments or lose their way in wordy thoughts.  Dialog, character thoughts and action are all vivid and magnetic, keeping the reader immersed in the story and not dropping out because of poorly presented structure or elementary mistakes in grammar.
    High 5's to  fresh new author who takes us for a ride.  Kuddo's to a dedicated editor keeps the Steel Van Man running at peak performance.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

    Let me first state that out of the hundreds of books I've read,

    Let me first state that out of the hundreds of books I've read, a five star rating is almost never granted by me.

    However, I had the privilege to read one of the beta copies of the book (my friend was a beta reader) and although I was skeptical, I was extremely impressed only into the first chapter.  Every single chapter has you hooked for the next. I quite literally could not put the book down as I followed "the hunter" on turn after turn, twist after incredible twist. I found myself eager to read what this hunter was up to next and what would surface within the psychological  well of this serial killer's mind. 

    Absolutely five stars! If this book doesn't make it to the Best Seller list somewhere, then it will be a disappointment to all lovers of crime thrillers.

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    Posted July 16, 2013

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