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Posted March 28, 2001
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In 1997 in Ashokie in Hertford County, North Carolina, Sheriff Jacob McAdoo realizes that the apparent strangulation murder is outside his area of expertise. In spite of eight years as sheriff and many other years in law enforcement, Jacob knows he has had no experiences like this one. He approves bringing in the State Bureau of Investigation when the female corpse was found. SBI sends Agents Clark Hager and Lloyd Sheridan to help with the investigation. <P>Clark and Lloyd quickly tie the murder in this rural county to a death last year in Wilmington. A third body surfaces about a week later in Greensboro. A former FBI profiler, Clark recognizes the hideous pattern of a serial killer, who subsequently acknowledges his law enforcement opponent in a game of life or death. <P> Readers of gleeful serial killer vs. embattled profiler tales will fully enjoy Jeff Pate's debut novel, WINNER TAKE ALL. The story line is filled with action and is fast-paced as the reader travels all over North Carolina. Clark is a complete character struggling with a difficult case while also dealing with momentous events in his personal life. Although the females (including Clark's girl friend and daughter) seem cardboard, fans who gain pleasure from a deadly cat and mouse game will believe they are the winners after reading this book. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 24, 2000
I must admit that I picked this one up just because Jeff Pate is a local guy, and he is a friend of a friend of a friend. Well, I quickly became drawn to the intense plot, which thickened with each turned page. While the plot reminded me of a movie I have watched, it still kept me reading. In fact, I finished the book in one day. I just couldn't put it down. I'm already looking forward to reading more from Pate.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 5, 2000
I was drawn into the life of Clark Hager as he searches for a serial killer who seems to want to play games with Clark's mind. Clark became so human in this novel as he worried about his daughter, his girlfriend, his thoughts about his deceased wife, and even his feelings about religion and cooking. I found myself taken with the characters, even the serial killer, as much as the plot. The novel is very visual in its scenes and dialogue.I was totally engaged by the time the killer was at the service station in Greensboro, N.C. and finally made a stupid mistake. I had to keep reading. I hope Jeff Pate writes a sequel which will involve more about Clark's partner Lloyd and Clark's family. Good job for a first novel; the next novel should be even better.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2000
If you are a fan of the mystery genre, then 'Winner Take All' is a must read for you! I was hooked from the very first page. Mr. Pate is a very visual writer and makes the reader feel as if he is sitting right there beside the main charater, Clark Hager. His interaction between the serial killer and Hager is some of the best I've read in a very long time, especially when it involved his daughter! The character interactions between Hager, his daughter, girlfriend, and partner are also very well done. It is suspenseful from the beginning to the end, and will keep you reading until the wee hours of the morning! Mr. Pate's experience in police work is also evident throughout the book and adds a unique touch of realism. I'm already looking forward to his next one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2000
WINNER TAKE ALL is an outstanding debut thriller that takes you inside the heads of a serial killer and the man (Clark Hager) whose job it is to stop him. Jeff Pate has crafted a heart-pounding nail-biter that will have you on the edge of your seat. But one warning: once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down so start it in the morning if you want to get to sleep.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 20, 2000
Winner Take All is a winner. powerful story, masterfully written and a true heart pounder! It is engaging and hair raising; a great story for both men and women (my husband loved it too). Clark Hager is someone you instantly like; I was rooting for him throughout the entire story. I experienced Clark Hager's every emotion-his terror, anger, frustration, disgust, hatred. Jeff Pate has done a beautiful job and his writing is dynamic. I anxiously await his next novel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 5, 2000
Winner Take All is a must read book!!! I enjoyed the book so much that I could not put it down, the characters come to life as you read the novel. You care about them and the story keeps you on the edge of your seat. Clark Hagar is a great character, he seems so real and you can relate to his personal life. You have a feel of what he is going through, and how he is committed to finding the killer. He is not just another 'hero' type, this character has real feelings and is quite human. I look forward to more books coming in the future, I will be sure to buy the next one! Thank you for your time, Ranae CherryWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 26, 2000
I am a big fan of James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell, but I think a new star is on the horizon in North Carolina. Jeff Pate, a police detective in High Point has written a novel that, in my opinion, surpasses others in the genre. From the intense beginning chapter throughout the entire story, to the unforgettable ending, 'Winner Take All' ran the gamut of my emotions. I found myself crying, laughing, and turning the pages as my heart beat faster, always rooting for Clark Hager as he tried to outwit a crafty serial killer. Jeff Pate writes with a clarity in his descriptions which painted a picture but not overdone as some writers do. And the dialogue is very realistic. I read the book in two days. This outstanding debut is only a sample of what's in store for newly-acquired fans of Jeff Pate. I can't wait to read his next Clark Hager novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.