Time Killer

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In the small city of Rockton, Illinois, someone is tired of waiting. He?s tired of standing in line at the grocery store and tired of waiting at the drive-through line. Now he?s doing something about it.

The first murder rocks the city. The entire Bjornson family?except the father, Stephen?has been brutally murdered, and the killer has left a message behind, written in the victim?s blood: Don?t Waste People?s Time. It?s a grizzly start for two young detectives who?ve just become...

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Overview

In the small city of Rockton, Illinois, someone is tired of waiting. He’s tired of standing in line at the grocery store and tired of waiting at the drive-through line. Now he’s doing something about it.

The first murder rocks the city. The entire Bjornson family—except the father, Stephen—has been brutally murdered, and the killer has left a message behind, written in the victim’s blood: Don’t Waste People’s Time. It’s a grizzly start for two young detectives who’ve just become partners. But Max Larkin and Jesse Fairlane put their personal distaste for each other aside and start concentrating on how to find the killer from striking again.

As they investigate the scene of the crime and interview Stephen at the hospital, the clues slowly begin to add up. Could this be a deranged killer who struck ten years ago and has now returned to the area? Before they can answer that question, another murder is reported, and Max and Jesse suddenly realize they have a serial killer on the loose.

But as they get closer to the truth, a past memory begins to haunt Max, one that might lead to a break in the case—or the end of his career.

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A fast-paced thriller centered on a brutal, time-obsessed serial killer. The expression "killing time" rarely means murder, but here, the victims of a serial killer must pay for time they've wasted, often with both their money and their lives. In a brutal scene from the opening chapter, an entire family is murdered after a stranger invades the family's home and accuses the patriarch of wasting his time. Veteran cop Max Larkin is on the case. Unfortunately, he's also been assigned a new partner; though she's green in the field--she has "very sad eyes" and prays upon arriving at the first crime scene--she gives the hardened old detective a new perspective he never knew he needed. But as the serial killer claims more victims, a pattern emerges that neither Max nor his new partner can ignore. With brisk pacing, Thiede's debut brims with action, violence and, occasionally, emotion. Though the book takes a while to find its heart, procedural fans will feel right at home. Larkin feels like a guy worth rooting for, despite filling the shoes of the beaten-down, grizzled, old loner cop trope a little too well. His interactions with his new partner, plus the twists and revelations regarding his past, give him enough of a pass to get readers invested in the story and looking forward to his next outing. Larkin's story doesn't break any boundaries, but it'll keep crime and thriller fans wrapped up in its twisting plot, fast pace and memorable detective. Plenty of shock value and a charismatic, if formulaic, male lead.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475972368
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/25/2013
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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TIME KILLER


By Todd M. Thiede

iUniverse, Inc.

Copyright © 2013 Todd M. Thiede
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4759-7235-1


Chapter One

TUESDAY MORNING 2 A.M.

Stephen Bjornson wakes up and tries to roll over towards his wife only to find he cannot move at all. His thinking feels slow and hazy as if he has been drugged. He opens his eyes slowly to see that the room is dark with only a small beam of light from the full moon breaking through the drapes. He had opened them earlier to make sure the front gate was shut. His son rarely remembers to shut the gate when he comes home for dinner from the neighbor's house. He surveys his room and continues to fight the fog in his brain as he can feel something is very wrong.

He tries to stay calm, but his mind and heart are racing. He slowly tries to raise each arm and finds that he is tied down to the bed with duct tape across his chest, torso, and legs. With his arm spinned to his sides, all he can do is turn his head far enough to the leftto see that his wife, Gwen, is still there, but she is also taped to the bed. Mr. Bjornson notices Gwen has tape over her mouth. Her brown eyes are wide and look very dark in the moonlit room. Her hair is splayed out and crowns her head like a halo. At first, Stephen thinks he must be dreaming. He can't imagine why he would be tied to his bed and his angel, Gwen, tied next to him. Then, he shakes his head as nothing is making sense. He closes his eyes and reopens them. He focuses on Gwen and realizes that the halo was created by her messy blonde hair as she struggled to break free from the bonds. She keeps sweeping her gaze away from him to stare towards the foot of the bed and Stephen slowly focuses his gaze on the shape of a person behind the footboard. He is terrified at the thought of some stranger in their house. However, he is having a hard time maintaining focus on any one thought.

Stephen starts to remember the early days of their marriage when they fought over silly things like furniture. He and Gwen had spent three months shopping for bedroom sets, picking at each other's tastes for traditional or modern furniture. The young couple had taken almost every Saturday to go shopping to fill their home. Giddy and in love, their fights never lasted long and often ended in the bed. In hindsight, maybe that was why they had been so careful in their choices. Stephen wishes their lives could be that easy now – just make love to end an argument. He is not able to remember the last time he and Gwen had made time for intimacy. He keeps thinking that now isn't the time for memories – like having a daydream at work – but he can't think about what is more important than remembering the good times with Gwen.

He feels a bouncing sensation next to him on the bed and wakes from his drug-induced reverie. Gwen is bouncing her head and moaning beneath the tape. She keeps staring at him and then throwing her head towards the foot of the bed. He remembers that there is a person standing over him and his wife, just staring across the bed at them, waiting for him to wake up. Stephen vaguely wonders how Gwen can be so awake when he is so tired.

He tries to swallow, but his tongue feels like lead. His mouth feels like it is full of cotton. After a few tries, he squeaks out, "Who are you? What do you want?" He is disappointed in the quiver of his voice so he tries again, hoping to sound more intimidating. "Who do you think you are, coming into my house? What do you want from us? We don't keep large sums of cash in the house."

The man just stands there, staring down at Stephen and Gwen, not saying a word. Stephen thinks that it must be a man based on the wide shoulders and body shape. Besides, there is no way a woman would do this, he thinks. This man is wearing a dark ski mask. He is also wearing black leather gloves, which particularly frightens Stephen. He has watched enough forensic shows to know that gloves can make identification of criminals much harder. As he begins to become more aware and able to focus, he sees that the man seems to be very well dressed, wearing an expensive suit, button-down shirt, and tie. The ski mask and leather gloves clash against the business attire and Stephen starts to wonder who would dress so nicely to commit a crime. He feels like he is going to drift off again so he shakes his head and tries to maintain focus on the intruder.

Just when it seems like an eternity has passed since he first tried to roll over in his own bed, he jumps as the man yells, "You wasted my time!"

The voice is so loud and deep, that Stephen believes he feels the rumble through the floor into the bed. He jumps and his eyes open wide. He instantly tries to put on a brave face again and stares the man down. After all, this man is threatening his family. Then, he starts to worry if his kids will be woken up by this man. He doesn't want them to wake and see any of this. Writhing wildly against his bindings, they don't give. Fear raises his neck hair. This isn't a normal burglary.

He decides that he is getting nowhere and tries conversation, which is what he is best at anyways. "What are you talking about? Why are you doing this?" Mr. Bjornson says, his voice quivering. All he can do is lie there, thinking about his children just across the hall from him. He has no idea what this madman knows about his family and if he knows the kids are sleeping right across the hall. While he is very concerned for his and Gwen's safety, he closes his eyes and quickly asks God to protect his children from harm.

It seems like hours that the suited man continues to stand over them, but only minutes pass. Stephen is scared to speak more, worried that any noise will arouse the kids. Just when the angst is going to force Stephen to say something again the stranger finally speaks again, "You wasted my time ... Time is money!" Gwen had been fighting her restraints up until that second yell. She lays completely still except ratcheting her head towards Stephen. He looks back at her and can see the tears spilling from her eyes. The moonlight catches the tears just right that they remind him of his playtime with his daughter the other day when they blew bubbles in the backyard and the sunlight glistened off the bubbles in the air.

The man grabs a pen from the top of Stephen's dresser. He starts pacing back and forth in front of the bed, clicking the pen over and over again. CLICK! CLICK! CLICK! The clicks echo through Stephen's head and return him to the moment. The man continues to mumble, "You wasted my time ... you wasted my time ... you wasted my time." Gwen, still staring at Stephen nods towards the man. He understands that she expects him to do something, but he is at a loss. He cannot free himself so he focuses on what he can do – continue to try to talk his way out of this.

As he is trying to come up with a plan, the man finally kneels down next to the bed, pen still in hand. He leans over and says, "Stephen, is it okay if I call you Stephen?" Stephen nods his head in reluctant approval. Stephen starts thinking, how does this man know my name? Have I met him before? What does he want from me?

"Stephen, I know you and your type. You don't have a care in the world outside of you and your family's own little bubble. You don't think that your actions have any effect on other people's lives. You see, Stephen," he intones, "I once had a nice wife and a daughter just like you. We were happy, just like you; we had the perfect life, just like you. But you see, things are not always as they appear. Are they, Stephen?"

Stephen decides not to answer as he fears that the answer to the question is nothing that he wants to hear, particularly from some aggressive stranger. "Answer me!" the suited man shouts directly into Stephen's ear. Stephen shakes his head no. "You see, Stephen, my wife packed up all her things one day and decided she was taking my daughter away from me. It seemed that she was leaving me for another man. She said I was wasting her time. I couldn't provide her with what she needed. She needed financial stability and, even though I had a good job that kept us afloat, it wasn't enough. Stephen, it wasn't enough because, every so often, people like you waste my time and I don't make any money. People like you cost me money and you cost me my family." That comment was chilling. The man walks over to Gwen.

"Please don't hurt us!" says Stephen whimpering now, his bravado completely gone. "I love you, Gwen," he murmurs as he starts to sob. He turns his face away so that Gwen does not see him. He feels compelled to turn back as the man approaches his wife who, despite their distance, he loves dearly.

"Oh poor Stephen, poor, poor Stephen. You didn't tell him, did you, Gwen? I can call you Gwen, can't I?" Gwen nods her head reluctantly. She is between sobs because the bed is only shaking on Stephen's side. She starts fighting at her restraints again, trying to push away from the approaching masked man with her feet, trying to dig her heels in. The tape keeps her from being able to arch her body high enough to move towards the head of the bed. Stephen is sick, watching her suffer this way and he starts to fight his restraints, too.

"You see, Stephen, ever since you and I met a month ago. I have been following you and your family, watching you and Gwen, little Billy and Sandy in your daily lives. Now, I haven't been able to watch you every day because I have a job and time is money, you know. Nonetheless, I have been watching all of you. And what I have learned from watching you is that you enjoy wasting people's time. Gwen here is not only wasting other people's time, she is also wasting your time, Stephen. You see, Stephen, your precious little Gwen is having an affair," he states matter of factly.

At those words, everyone in the room freezes. Stephen lays completely still, weighing whether there could be truth to the words of this madman. Gwen stops moving either because of his words or because the mask is now only inches from her face. She is staring into his eyes and cannot drop her gaze.

Stephen decides that whether it is true or not, this man is not their marriage counselor and has no right to intrude or reveal their issues like this. He musters up more courage and exclaims, "No, that's not true. I know my Gwennie loves me and would never do that!" The suited man now leans over and whispers into Gwen's ear, "Tell him, tell Stephen the truth! He deserves that at the very least. Tell him the truth now." What had started as a whisper has turned into a menacing hiss in her ear. She flinches as he says truth so loud that her eardrum hurt. Stephen watches, helpless, as his wife pulls her head as far away from the man's face as possible.

The masked man suddenly rips the duct tape from her mouth in one quick jerk. Gwen screams in pain and then throws her head towards Stephen. "It's not true, Stephen! I love you with all my heart and would never do that to you or our family!" She is crying again and Stephen is not sure who to believe. Why would a man break into his house and lie about this to him?

"Lies, lies, lies ... you are wasting my time again, Gwen. Now tell him the truth. Stop wasting my time. Stop it; stop it, stop it ... time is money!" he shouts and hits the bed next to her. "Tell him now!" Stephen is feeling impatient about what this man wants and worries about why his children haven't come in to see what is going on. He starts to fear the worst about their fate, but asking will only remind the man that they are close by.

Between sobs, Gwen begins to choke out her confession in a small pitiful wail. "Okay, it's true, Stephen. I met someone else. But I love you and I love our kids! You have to believe me, Stephen, I do love you." The silence hangs in the air, thick and palpable. Stephen feels a gulf widening between them – the woman he so desperately wanted to protect a minute ago has indeed betrayed him.

Stephen's eyes widen and he struggles against the tape. A slow look of realization comes across his face. His tears stop and his eyes start to narrow to slits. "So that's why you missed my work luncheon? Is that why you weren't there that day to pick up Billy from soccer practice? Have you been busy sleeping around?" Stephen's voice begins to roar, forgetting about anyone, but the two of them. "Who is it, Gwen? Who is he?" he yells, trying viciously to face her. He succeeds in partially turning his body towards her. The suited man steps back, folds his arms, and watches the argument as it progresses. A smile of accomplishment is visible in the mask's mouth opening. He seems proud that he caused the two of them to fight.

Gwen continues to cry and shake the bed. "I have been seeing David, one of the dad's from Sandy's daycare. I never loved him, Stephen. I just needed more than you have been giving me." With the last statement, her words sound hollow, as if she is wrung out and tired. Guilt creates an ugly mask of her face as she looks into Stephen's eyes.

The masked man takes advantage of her pause. "See, Stephen, do you see how she is wasting your time? It's just like you did to me last month when you wasted my time. Now, here's the difference between you and me. I am here to help you, Stephen; I am going to rid you of your problem so you are no longer wasting time with Gwen."

As soon as he finishes this statement, he begins clicking the pen again as if he is nervous. Stephen starts to fight his bonds again to stand between the masked man and his wife, who he knows he still loves. The masked man places his hand between Stephen and Gwen. Then he crawls on top of her, positioning himself so he is straddling Gwen and her body is between his legs. After the humiliation he has faced – being told by a total stranger that his wife is cheating – seeing him on top of her is too much for Stephen. He manages to get a leg free from the tape and starts kicking towards the man. However, the bed is wide and he just grazes his arm. He is waiting for the man to pull up her night gown and rape her, but that doesn't happen.

The man looks back and forth between the two, savoring her fear and his anger. He then thrusts the pen directly into Gwen's right eye. He jams it in so hard and so fast that she dies almost instantly from the pen penetrating the brain pan. Blood spatters everywhere and the suited man takes a few seconds to survey the results. Stephen can see the man's teeth in the mouth hole of the mask. His smile is demonic and growing. Vice grips of trauma lock his body. He feels numb. It is a blessing.

"Just like I said, Stephen, I am here to help you. I'm here to stop you from wasting everyone's time." The man stands up from the bed and walks around to Mr. Bjornson's side to sit next to him. He stops talking directly to Bjornson, but the husband can hear him mumbling, "You wasted my time, you wasted my time, time is money," over and over again.

Stephen, still lying there in shock, wakes up as if from a dream and starts to scream, "No, No. No. Why are you doing this to me? What did I do to deserve this?"

"Okay, Stephen, here is the situation: I'm going to need you to pay me for the time you took from me. After all, time is money. So for the time you took away from me last month, I figure you owe me $633. That would make us even for the three hours of my time you wasted. Heck, I won't even charge you for the time I just saved you by taking Gwen out of your life, consider that a gift from me to you," he says in a very calm business-like voice.

Stephen thinks he must have fallen back into a dream because this cannot be real. Money for the time he took from the suited man? Three hours? This was all about three measly hours of time? Where did he meet this guy? How did he waste three hours of his time? he keeps thinking.

"Where is my money, Stephen? I am going to have to start adding to the bill if you don't tell me where my $633 are. Time is money! You wouldn't want to waste any more of my time would you, Stephen?" the suited man asks angrily. Stephen shakes his head slowly, still not understanding.

As the man starts rifling through their things, Stephen finally comprehends he is looking for his money. He proceeds to tell him that his wallet is on his dresser in the corner of the room and that there should be enough to cover it. The suited man walks over to the dresser and grabs his wallet, takes out the money and counts it. "You only have $450 here, Stephen. Where is the rest of it? Quit wasting my time!" he screams.

"My ... my ... wife may ... have some money in her purse. It's in the closet ... probably on the floor," Stephen says, his voice choked.

(Continues...)



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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Youve got to be kidding?

    If you like any reality in your crime mystery, stay away. Clearly someone watches too much CSI and thinks they understand police and investigative procedures. If even just basic attention to detail is important to you, you will be disappointed within the first five pages. To the author: do at least a little real world investigation into your subject matter before you try this again. And getting your friends to write misleading 5 star reviews, just not cool.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Waste of tim

    So, the killer is seeking revenge on poor unsuspecting folks for wasting his time...I feel mildly homicidal towards this book. It was a complete waste of my time. I am in avid reader and have never intentionally walked away from a book, but I completely gave up on this one 3/4 of the way through. The dialogue was the most troubling to me, as it was so unrealistic. Also, half thought out sub plots were hard to look past as they seemed like after thoughts. Do yourself a favor and don't bother with this one. I wish I could give less than one star on this one.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

    Awesome book! Really interesting premise that I haven¿t seen use

    Awesome book! Really interesting premise that I haven’t seen used anywhere before which is pretty rare. The formula is pretty generic, but there are interesting characters unlike any I’ve seen, and the author gives the story his own unique twist and flaire. I thought that the leads, Jesse and Max made a good team, and I liked how Max’s history came into play with the events of the current time. I also really liked how Mr. Thiede writes, it is very easy to follow and I could picture everything perfectly, like it was a movie. Hey, there’s an idea… Recommend for people who like stories about psychopaths and killers and murder mysteries.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

    Detective Max Larkin is with the Rockton Police Department in Il

    Detective Max Larkin is with the Rockton Police Department in Illinois and he and his new ingénue partner, Jesse Fairlane, are in charge of investigating some strange murders/ crimes in their area. The culprit is someone who is going after people he believes has ‘wasted his time’ in one way or another. The author does a great job of detailing the killer’s obviously deranged mind, which makes him all that much more frightening. The book is fast paced and easy to get caught up in. There were some minor editing errors but nothing too terrible. And a nice ending that explained motive and a nice plot twist I didn’t see coming. All in all a good read recommended to fans of suspense and mystery novels.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

    Loved it! I read this whole book in one night even though I had

    Loved it! I read this whole book in one night even though I had only planned on reading a few chapters before bed. It was a fast and easy read and sucked me in right from the beginning. There is a killer on the loose who is torturing and killing people who are wasting time and taking money in some cases (only exact amounts…not a penny more). At times because of the way it is written it seems like things are being “told” to us instead of being “Shown”, but it wasn’t that bad. I still felt like a part of the story and the action and thought the author did an excellent job with pacing and creating believable tension. I always wanted to know what would happen next and was happy with the ending (although it did feel a bit abrupt). Not sure if this is a series or will be, but I’d read more if it was.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    Todd M. Thiede has written a unique master thriller Time Killer,

    Todd M. Thiede has written a unique master thriller Time Killer, which is suitable for a general adult audience, but not for children under age 17. Unfortunately, in the gun culture environment of post-Columbine and Newtown, many of the details that make up this story are grisly and difficult to stomach for the average non-violent reader. Nonetheless, if one is able to put this aside, the reader has to admire an outstanding plot line with strong characters. Police Detectives Max and Jesse flesh out a dangerous web of small town murders in three midwestern states, with more twists and turns than a roller coaster.

    The Killer is an unusual type who is obsessed with time. His methods of murder and mayhem vary in degree of severity based on his view of the offensive behavior exhibited toward him. The author also involves the principals in showing they have significant flaws and difficulties as well, adding to the plot mysteries.

    My only complaint is that the author at times elongates dialogues more than necessary, lengthening the plot line at least fifty pages.
    One realizes each author has his or her own timelines, but in this case simplification could have occurred by getting to crucial points earlier. Nonetheless, overall, it was a well-written and thought-out book, with significant originality, and deserves a fair shot at general market audiences.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2013

    Mindblowing!!! What fantastic and unbelievable read from Thiede

    Mindblowing!!!

    What fantastic and unbelievable read from Thiede- Mindblowing!!! A thrilling and 'edge of the seat' page-turner from start to finish. A blinding run of a killer's thoughts with a unique writing style of destruction and horror creates a gripping story. The novel will keep you on your toes with a strong storyline and good characters. The 'down to Earth' writing added to the feel of the book making you believe you are drawn into the plot. Todd has touched the surface with Time Killer which I am sure could develop into a fascinating follow-up.

    I can't wait to read more of this authors work!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2013

    Someone is angry that people are wasting his time.  And his puni

    Someone is angry that people are wasting his time.  And his punishment is losing their life.  And two detectives - Max and Jesse - are on the case.  And they don't like partnered with each other.  And the case is more serious than they thought.  The killer don't leave any clues, except writing a message about not to waste time with the victim's blood.  With their indifferences, are the detectives going to find the killer?  As the killings seems to be a long time happening, where is this all going to end?

    The concept is good.  And that's what made me pick this book.  The crime scenes are well described.  All the gory details are well brought out which added up to the horror and thrill of the plot.  The plot following the killer is one major plus of this novel.  His criminal thinking and killing methods are new and although it looks bad to say it, I enjoyed those parts.

    The detectives, the climax and the dialogues are the major flaws of this novel.  The characters of the detectives felt forced, and not something I can just go on with.  In spite of the editing problems, I thought of enjoying the novel, but the dialogues are still a major letdown.  And then the climax.  Actually there is nothing wrong with the climax, but the thrill is lost towards the end as everything is laid out on the table just like that.

    Verdict: For a debut, this is a decent crime thriller!  

    3 STARS!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2013

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    Todd Thiele¿s book Time Killer is an edge of your seat thriller

    Todd Thiele’s book Time Killer is an edge of your seat thriller about a man who has made it his mission to rid the world of the people that personally wasted his time. I have to tell you, when I first read the premise of the book, it intrigued me, because a lot of murder mysteries are just retreads of an old story with a new paint job, but not Time Killer. Todd drops you in the middle of the first murder and keeps the story rolling from there.
    And the two detectives are written just like something that I seem to be seeing on most of the cop shows I watch. A grizzled veteran gets teamed up with a new kid and they have to overcome their prejudices and preconceived notions about each other and work together to solve the murders before it is too late. I was definitely glad to see that this book was subtitled Max Larkin Mystery #1, as I look forward to future stories between the two of them.
    The plot was another thing: I, for one, could not figure out who the killer was until he was “revealed” and he explained what his motive for doing the deed was. Todd’s writing style is one that will keep you guessing and even after the killer is revealed, he will keep you reading until the final page with the twists he puts in.
    The only bad part of the book is the language. There is a good bit of profanity in it, and I think that may have deterred me from giving this a perfect score.
    All things considered, this is a very well written story, Todd, and I look forward to the next one.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    Book one in the Max Larkin Detective series is a remarkable debu

    Book one in the Max Larkin Detective series is a remarkable debut that will prompt fans of Criminal Minds and NCIS to read more and watch less television. This gripping thriller is quite terrifying and not for the faint of heart. A slaughtered family cues two young detectives, Max and Jesse who just became partners to unearth a murderer. Little do they know that they will be attempting to track down a gruesome serial killer. In this frightening murder mystery, Thiede grants the reader access to the killer's warped mind where we get to witness the horrid slayings described vividly and graphically. The disturbing storyline with several plot twists and turns flows with ease throughout, and Max and Jesse possess ample personality and are an admirable duo of characters. Although some of the dialogue was unrealistic, almost forced at times, it won't stop book lovers from anticipating the next installment in this new, bizarre series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    This is an exciting and edge of your seat read. It was entertain

    This is an exciting and edge of your seat read. It was entertaining to the point where I lost track of time and I was at work! This is one that will be a movie soon. I liked it alot.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

    Time is money. Wasted time is time that you could have been maki

    Time is money. Wasted time is time that you could have been making money, but you weren't because your time was wasted instead. The person that cuts in front of you in traffic and then drives slowly. The person in line in front of you that takes forever to order. All are time wasters and can be annoying when you are in a hurry. Most people forget about the incidents by the end of the day. However most people aren't homicidal crackpots either, unlike the person in this story who not only doesn't forget these seemingly inconsequential moments of wasted time but decides to take it upon himself to rid the world of the people who are chronic time wasters.

    The plot has an interesting premise that you may think of the next time you are debating what to order and there are people waiting in line behind you. The detectives trying to catch the killer seem a bit slow though and they are supposedly the department's best and brightest, even I was several steps ahead of them before we are enlightened as to certain aspects of the story. In fact there is one clue the detective never catches on to that I'm sure was right in front of his face if he had bothered to look.

    At any rate, this was a decently fast-paced story that was incredibly hard to put down. Other than the frequent editing errors it was quite an enjoyable read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

    Time Killer, by Todd M. Thiede, is a crime thriller follows dete

    Time Killer, by Todd M. Thiede, is a crime thriller follows detective Max Larkin and his rookie partner Jesse Fairlane.  The story takes place in the quiet city of Rockton, Illinois where Max and Jesse are working on a case of a murdered family.  Their killer is known to always wear a mask and business suit, while leaving the scene with victims missing fingers and messages written in blood!  Though Max likes to work alone, you really get to see his character grow as he learns to work with Jesse.  Not only does she learn from Max, as the the experienced detective, but she also teaches him to rely on others too.  




         The author does a great job at telling this story.  It is a thriller through and through.  It had my attention from the very start, making me really want to turn the page to find out what was going to happen next.  Many times I found myself saying just a few more pages, or just until I find out what's going to happen.  It was very easy to get through fairly quickly.  I would definitely recommend this book to those who love a good thriller that will keep them on the edge of their seat!  I look forward to reading more by this author!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

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    I¿m as guilty as the next person when it comes to wasting a litt

    I’m as guilty as the next person when it comes to wasting a little time. I can’t say that I deliberately waste anyone else’s time, but I’m sure that it’s happened – from time to time. Time Killer, the mystery novel about a psychopathic serial killer who wreaks vengeance on people who have wasted his time, violently ending their lives before they can waste anyone else’s time is a great, suspenseful read. Watching the psychopath unravel quickly, going on a spree is horrifying. Max, an experienced Homicide detective with an impressive solve rate is the point man in a desperate hunt to catch the killer before he kills again, and again. Unfortunately for his solve rate and for the city, Max is in the middle of training Jesse, a talented, and very attractive new partner and dealing with some pretty gruesome flashbacks pertinent to his case. Time Killer is a great way to kill a few hours…I mean, a great way to enjoy a suspenseful mystery. After reading this book, no one is going to accuse me of wasting time for a very long time!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    I usually don't read this genre but a friend recommended it. I

    I usually don't read this genre but a friend recommended it. I am so glad she did. I couldn't put it down. It seemed like the pages were starting to turn themselves. It was that easy to read. Great job Mr. Thiede. I hope this the first of many books by you.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    Time killer is a awesome book from front to back. Can not wait f

    Time killer is a awesome book from front to back. Can not wait for the next thriller.  The book was not a waste of my time.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Excellent read!

    Outside my normal read zone. A bit more suspenseful than I am used to but such a great read. I liked that just when I thought I had it all figured out, a curve was reveiled. Definitely did not follow the path I had thought and that is a good thing.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    This is an exceptional book. Todd has blown through the high sta

    This is an exceptional book. Todd has blown through the high standard he has set for himself.  As a retired cop he understandds how things work. However he has written a story that has a flow and can readily hold your intrest. The interplay between the two new partners and the horrific murder makes for a real rollar coster ride.. The characters are well developed and in a way it is like being in a ride along. There is a great twist at the end that Id did not see coming. You will enjoy c from front to back and be sad that it is done

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2013

    It took me a little bit to read this book , but not because it w

    It took me a little bit to read this book , but not because it was tough to read, but my little one kept interrupting! LOL! Had it been up to me, I would have never put it down! I really like the way Max and Jesse are together...it didn't go romantic, and I like that. I love how just when I thought I had it figured out, I was thrown for another loop! That kept it exciting, and that is important to me. Cannot wait for another Max Larkin book...and I will never again waste anyone's time ;)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    The opening chapters for Time Killer by Todd Thiede are dark, i

    The opening chapters for Time Killer by Todd Thiede are dark, intense and gritty. And that’s just the beginning. This heart-pounding page turner keeps building steam all the way up to the climactic ending. I enjoyed the chemistry and repartee between seasoned cop Max Larkin and his new young partner Jesse Fairlane, even if at times their character’s suffered a bit from what I call “CSI Syndrome”, and that’s when they explain things that that the characters already obviously know for the sake of giving the readers information about the story. It’s not a horrible flaw, just one I tend to notice, especially in police dramas. It made some of the dialogue feel not as authentic as I would have liked, however, I did enjoy the psychological elements and how the storyline progressed. It was certainly an enjoyable way to kill a few hours, pardon the pun.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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