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Wounds: A Novel
     

Wounds: A Novel

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by Alton Gansky
 

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 A man’s lifeless body is found in the fresh soil of San Diego’s botanical garden. Cause of death is asphyxiation, an easy call for the medical examiner. More mysterious, however, are the tiny drops of blood on the victim’s skin, resulting from hundreds of punctures.

A rabbi leaving his house for work expects a regular day at the synagogue.

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 A man’s lifeless body is found in the fresh soil of San Diego’s botanical garden. Cause of death is asphyxiation, an easy call for the medical examiner. More mysterious, however, are the tiny drops of blood on the victim’s skin, resulting from hundreds of punctures.

A rabbi leaving his house for work expects a regular day at the synagogue. That quickly changes when he discovers a dead man on his front lawn, clearly beaten to death.

Motorcycle riders racing along the empty streets of an abandoned military base stumble across another man’s corpse, its skin revealing long, red-purple marks of a thrashing given with wood dowels.

The numbers mount. Each week another victim and another mysterious clue in a game of mass murder the police don’t want to lose. The solution rests with Dr. Ellis Poe, a religious professor who only wishes to be left alone with his books and classes.

But evil must be faced, and the choice is no longer his own.

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Library Journal
A serial killer is on the loose in San Diego. Heading up the investigation is Det. Carmen Rainmondi, who has never recovered from her own sister's murder. As she and her partner, Bud, race against time, they interview Dr. Ellis Poe, the seminary professor of one of the victims, who is able to make a connection between the current murders. Soon, Carmen has to wonder if the killer is closer than she could have ever imagined. VERDICT Gritty and atmospheric, this spiritual thriller by a veteran Christy Award-nominated author of mystery and suspense (Plotline; Hide and Seek, with Jeff Streucker) is sure to attract Ronie Kendig fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433677151
Publisher:
B&H Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2013
Series:
NONE
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
304,082
File size:
2 MB

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Alton Gansky is the Angel Award-winning, Christy Award-nominated author of more than three dozen books and director of the premier Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers conference. He holds two degrees in Biblical Studies and lives with his wife in central California.

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Wounds: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book to the point that I have done nothing productive today in order to finish it.  The pace of the book is excellent and the author's writing style is intelligent without being unreadable.  I felt his characters were believable and I liked them as people (the good guys, anyway).  I read many genres and one thing I appreciate about Christian fiction is the ability to tell a murder story without being unnecessarily gruesome -- the murders were horrible to try to picture in your mind, but the author conveyed the images without the kind of details that detract from the story.  I also appreciate that the focus stays on the law enforcement without delving into the sordid details of the bad guy's life.  I do wish there would have been a little more explanation of the "why" behind the killer's pattern, but it doesn't detract from the crime solving aspect of the book. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good crime drama.
AngieArndt More than 1 year ago
Wounds is the ultimate crime fiction. Carmen Rainmonde is a strong heroine with deep wounds. But she also has thick scars to protect her. No one's getting close to her on her watch. She takes her mission to protect and serve very seriously. When a serial killer strikes in her town, it's up to her handle it with, or perhaps in spite of, the efforts of her partner, Bud Tock. Dr. Ellis Poe is a very unlikely hero. He's a seminary professor, quiet, studious, greatly disturbed by the evil he sees in this world. Yet, he and Carmen have more in common that you would think, for both were victims of the same crime. And both are still dealing with the trauma. If you're a fan of crime drama like Criminal Minds and Law and Order, you'll love Wounds. It's gritty, it's dark, it's even a bit grisly, but it still has an uplifting Christian message. It's a police procedural that offers the reader hope. Many thanks to the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Alton Gansky in his new book, "Wounds" published by B&H Publishing Group brings us into the life of Dr. Ellis Poe. From the back cover: A crime of passion A man's lifeless body is found in the fresh soil of San Diego's botanical garden. Cause of death is asphyxiation, an easy call for the medical examiner. More mysterious, however, are the tiny drops of blood on the victim's skin, resulting from hundreds of punctures. A rabbi leaving his house for work expects a regular day at the synagogue. That quickly changes when he discovers a dead man on his front lawn, clearly beaten to death. Motorcycle riders racing along the empty streets of an abandoned military base stumble across another man's corpse, its skin revealing long, red-purple marks of a thrashing given with wood dowels. The numbers mount. Each week another victim and another mysterious clue in a game of mass murder the police don't want to lose. The solution rests with Dr. Ellis Poe, a religious professor who only wishes to be left alone with his books and classes. But evil must be faced, and the choice is no longer his own. Get ready for a nail-biting, page-turning thriller. There is a serial killer on the loose in San Diego and the police are hard pressed to discover the killers identity. The bodies are piling up, the M.O.s are different and there, seemingly, is no pattern unless you count the multiple puncture wounds. And what connection does Dr. Ellis Poe have with all of this? Alton Gansky knows how to craft suspense. So much is going on within the pages of "Wounds" and the characters are so real that you care for all of them, well at least the good guys. There is more to the story that I didn't mention but you didn't really expect me to tell you everything did you? Otherwise you might not want to read the book and I wouldn't want you to pass up an opportunity for a terrific read. "Wounds" is a book that you will want to start early otherwise you will be up very late as you will want to finish it. I highly recommend it. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from B&H Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
libraryboy More than 1 year ago
A man’s lifeless body is found in the fresh soil of San Diego’s botanical garden. Cause of death is asphyxiation, an easy call for the medical examiner. More mysterious, however, are the tiny drops of  blood on the victim’s skin, resulting from hundreds of punctures. A rabbi leaving his house for work expects a regular day at the synagogue. That quickly changes when he discovers a dead man on his front lawn, clearly beaten to death. Motorcycle riders racing along the empty streets of an abandoned military base stumble across  another man’s corpse, its skin revealing long, red-purple marks of a thrashing given with wood dowels. The numbers mount. Each week another victim and another mysterious clue in a game of mass murder the police don’t want to lose. The solution rests with Dr. Ellis Poe, a religious professor  who only wishes to be left alone with his books and classes. But evil must be faced, and the choice is no longer his own. I have been reading novels by Alton Gansky for many years.  I would venture to say that he is  ranked as one of my favorite authors (Harry Lee Kraus is the best!).  What makes Alton Gansky so appealing to me is just the fact that he can write fantastic books in so many different sub-genres.  He has done war books, light mysteries, world adventure and more.  You never know what you will  get when you pick up an Alton Gansky novel, but you know that you won’t be disappointed. Detective Carmen Rainmondi has her own ghosts to battle.  One of them is the cold case that  involves her sister from many years ago.  Today, though, she is battling a new serial killer that is  leaving bodies all of San Diego.  None of the victims seem to have anything in common, except  for the gruesome wounds that were inflicted on them prior to their death.  Ellis Poe is a local seminary professor and new the first victim.  When he is questioned by Det. Rainmondi, he is  instantly transported back to his high school days when he may have seen information that could  lead to finding her sister’s killer.  Frozen by fear, Dr. Poe still doesn’t come forward with the  information.  As the bodies continue to mount, Dr. Poe notices a pattern and provides his insight  to Det. Rainmondi. Can they find a connection between these horrible deaths?  What is the motive  behind these senseless killings?  Will Dr. Poe ever right his conscience by telling Det. Rainmondi  what he knows about her sister’s death?  Spend some money to find these answers by BUYING  THE BOOK! Alton Gansky lays the groundwork for this spectacular novel from the very beginning.  I will tell you  that the descriptions used of the bodies are not for the faint at heart, but they add to the realism of  the book.  His methodical crescendo of clues and information in this book builds to a very satisfying  ending.  His characters are fully developed, yet they show their flaws and their demons openly. Is this a "guy's book"?  This book ranks right up there with some of the highest rated TV Shows  lately, “CSI”, “NCIS” and “Law & Order”.  While the content is not necessarily ripped from today’s  headlines, it is filled with relevant items that make it fresh.  Men will appreciate the detail the autho r used when describing the murders and will enjoy the hunt of deciphering just what all of the murders mean and how they are linked together.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Seems like there's a serial killer on the loose in the city of San Diego and it's going to take a team effort to find out who it is before they claim their next victim. The only problem is that each of these cases seem to be completely different from one another. The only thing that is the same is bodies are being left for the police to find but each of them is murdered in completely different ways. Is it the work of a team of serial killers or simply the work of one person who is bent on keeping the police on edge? In the suspense novel, Wounds by Alton Gansky, the game of cat and mouse is about to get really interesting. Homicide detectives Carmen Rainmondi and Bud Tock are finding that bodies are turning up quicker than they can interview potential witnesses. What's more interesting is that it seems as if the crimes are linked and it's up to Carmen and Bud to find out what the missing link is before another body turns up on someone else's doorstep. Is it possible that the detectives are involved somehow? That something in their past is about to come full circle in a completely different way? Whatever is happening, it seems as if the killer has time to plan and carry out their crime and even holds some knowledge about the victim before he winds up killing them. For those that love a great murder mystery that will have you with a pen and paper in hand just to keep up with the clues, then this is a must read for you. Author Alton Gansky is the Angel Award and Carol Award-winning, Christy Award-nomiated author of more than three dozen books and director of the premier Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers conference and hold two degrees in Bible Studies. This is one novel that isn't overly religious and feels as if you're reading a contemporary suspense thriller like James Patterson or Charles Todd. The writing style is engaging and moves the reader forward at roller coaster pace to see just what lies in the next chapter. Will it be another body or are the detectives catching up? What role does a religious professor Dr. Ellis Poe have to do with anything. He simply wants to be left alone to teach his classes, but when one of his students winds up as a victim, things are about to get interesting. I received Wounds by Alton Gansky compliments of B and H Publishing Group and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and have not received any monetary compensation for a favorable review. I love television series like Criminal Minds and Numbers, so this novel fell right in line with my expectations. Being one who loves to solve the crime before the end, I was captivated in the storyline until the end. A true sign of a great novel in my opinion. I would rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars and will be adding Alton Gansky to my watch list for upcoming novels. The crime element is pretty detailed at times and may not suit all reader types.