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Posted December 4, 2011
Decland Dupree has only been a detective for a short while when the bottom drops out of his world at a murder scene ¿ he not only recognizes the victim, she was his first kiss. To make matters worse, they find another body across the street ¿ both victims horribly mutilated. Dupree and his partner Ron Lacey set out to try to find the culprit, with an FBI profiler assisting. However, a few weeks later another double murder is committed ¿ another victim that Dupree knows: his first girlfriend. It appears that whoever this killer is, he is killing every woman that Dupree has ever dated. Will Dupree¿s fiancée end up on the line as well? And why is the Deputy Director of the FBI involving himself in the investigation ¿ and why does he seem to be sabotaging it?
This was a terrific thriller - I like reading police-procedural books like this, and found this to be a high-quality story with great character development and plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Findorff really seems to have done his research as far as police procedure and technique; he also has put together a smoothly plotted and intricate suspense novel that anyone who enjoys thriller/suspense/police procedurals should love. If you enjoy a well-plotted thriller with great character development and interesting problems to solve, you definitely need to check out ¿Unhinged¿ - it¿s a winner!
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Posted March 21, 2013
Meh. Rather slow-moving. The first person narrative really didn't work for me, and the ending was really unsatisfyingly anti-climactic. But my main problem with it - besides all the rampant homophobia and liberal use of the word "fag" - is how absolutely, wildly implausible it is. I also found the characterization poor; the "hero" is not likable, the FBI antagonist and police captain are both caricatures, and the killer is just...unbelievable. Not at all scary. Frankly, I couldn't wait for it to end, and even that left me shaking my head in disbelief and dissatisfaction. Wish I hadn't bothered.
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Posted March 19, 2013
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Posted March 15, 2013
Very good story. Unlike the rude plot spoilers here, i will not tell what happens, even the inconsiderate one that revealed the ending, but this grabs you at the first page and doesnt let go until the end. The twists and turns leaves you breathless. Dont read the plot spoilers, please. Just read the book so you can truly enjoy a good story without the surprises taken away by rude inconsiderate ppl.
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Posted August 14, 2012
If I didn’t read the news regularly I would have found it hard to believe the sick minds and warped thinking described in this very disturbing thriller. I won’t be relocating, to the book’s setting of New Orleans, anytime soon. This isn’t one for the tourist board. To be honest, I didn’t really take to any of the characters, even the ones I assume we are meant to like. Of course, I had weaved my own detail into the various players. As with most well written fright literature the worst visions come from our own imaginations as much as directly from the crafted words. Findorff manipulates our view, forcing us to pry the dark recesses of our own minds. As I have said I don’t much like the owner of the narrative voice, Decland. But to qualify that, I wanted him to win, if only in order to save the lives of the small army of his unfortunate ex-girlfriends. My opinion, almost to the last page, was that Decland was a murderer and his words where merely his attempt to lead us astray. I’m still not actually sure if he was or wasn’t. I wonder if Findorff has left only me unsure. Although, as stated, the writing is generally very good I was left with the feeling that a poor editor had ripped out some plot enhancing paragraphs of backstory, leaving some scenes a bit disjointed. This is probably more to do with personal taste than something most readers will agree with; however, I couldn’t escape the feeling that good proof reading and less editing would have served the script better. Despite my particular misgivings this is still a really good read, a thriller with real menace. The backdrop of a post Katrina New Orleans is clearly based on a good deal of real knowledge. The struggles of humanity in this then terribly damaged society and the things that the evil can get away with when systems fail come through loud and clear. It seemed clear that the unhinged would win, in this disaster weakened city. There were more than a few unhinged minds, as well as unhinged doors on flood-damaged houses, and the creaking hinges of an overworked justice system. Then digging deeper we have the unhinged sexual relationships of the killer, and the capacity for terrible violence even sometimes from within the ranks of law enforcement. I am not sure I will be up to reading more works of this type for a while. This is very disturbing book, which has all the ingredients for the plot of a very exciting movie.
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Posted August 28, 2013
A good, entertaining read. In light of all the current misgivings about government, makes you wonder just how powerful
some law enforcement heads are. I liked the deconstruction of our protagonist and how, like an onion being peeled,
you get to see an inner persona that contrasts greatly to the villain. The energy that drives the criminal can
be no different than that of the person who desperately wants to solve the crimes.
Posted June 29, 2013
Posted May 9, 2013
Very stereotypical on a lot of things and the whole thing was intensley hackneyed. Nothing original. Starts out pretty well, but then it gets ridiculoys. Te ending straight up sucked.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2013
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Posted April 20, 2013
This book is well written. It had me not wanting to put it down. Suspense and character development were very well done. After reading it, I found myself hoping there was another to continue his story, like a series. I was a bit disappointed there wasn't any more.
If you like crime stories with suspense, action, and a great story, this is something you will love.
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Posted March 3, 2013
This book is about a detective who is working a case where a homosexual man(gay) is in love with him and is killing all of the women the detective had past relationships with to get his attention,and the detective doesnt relize that he's practicaly in one big game of hide,seek,kill,and so on,and everything is going fine until the feds deside to take over,the killers' father is the president of the united states but he doesnt own up to it he keeps it a seceret to the very end,at least the killer dies knowing who he really is and who his reall father is(killer commited suicide)! That i think sums up the book:()
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Posted June 19, 2013
Posted February 22, 2013
This book came as a surprise to me. I was scrolling through some threads featured in one of my groups on goodreads, when I came across a new author- E.J Findorff, promoting his new book. The synposis sounded interesting enough, so I decided to give it a try. I was not expecting to be sucked into a page turning thriller.
Decland Dupree, a new dective and his partner Ron are assigned to a double homicide. The female victim turns out to be Dupree's first kiss. Soon, there's another double homicide. The female victim also turns out to be someone from Decland's past. An obsessive serial killer is on the loose, and he's killing to get back at Decland. Who is this mysterious serial killer? Why is he murdering girls from Dupree's past love lives? And what big secret is the FBI hiding?
The story is wonderfully written and it unravels at a perfect pace. You'll be kept well into the night-because this is one that is hard to put down. It's a story filled with secrets- life threatning secrets, and they're enough to send a chill down your spine. E.J Findorff has created a masterpiece, a thriller that is almost impossible not to love. The plot is twisted and jaw dropping. You'll cringe and check over your shoulder many times while in the process of devouring this book.
The main character, Decland, is not always "likeable" but you'll find yourself cheering him on in his rebellious actions and keeping your fingers crossed that in the end, his enemies ultimately fail. The characters in the story are flawed beyond belief, but that adds to the novel's authenticity. Overrall, each character developed well, and there was a variety of personalities, from badass to completely psycho.
E.J is clearly a gifted new writer, and his next novels are highly anticipated.
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Posted May 22, 2012
"New Orleans, full of history and voodoo, creepy post Katrina buildings still not rebuilt and still haunted by the destruction; the perfect place for a killer to strike. Again and again. He has a bloody message for one detective in particular. And he will mutilate and murder until Detective Decland Dupree gets it. Decland harbors an uneasy feeling about his promotion, troubled with the knowledge there was a shortage of men after the hurricane left the area decimated. With only one year's experience in the detective bureau is he qualified to handle such a heinous crime? When the killer starts targeting Dec's old girlfriends, he must gather the strength and courage to outwit a damaged and deranged predator. This book grabs you from page one and you will find that Author E.J. Findorff tightens the screws, ups the tension, and never lets you go. We learn the killer's name halfway through but do we really know who he is? Warning: don't read this at bedtime or you’re going to start hearing strange noises outside your darkened windows. I’m looking forward to the next book by this talented author." – Jody E. Lebel, author of Playing Dead.
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