Angel Killer: A Jessica Blackwood Novel

Angel Killer: A Jessica Blackwood Novel

by Andrew Mayne

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ISBN-13: 9780062348876
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Series: Jessica Blackwood Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 323,583
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Andrew Mayne started his first illusion tour while he was a teenager and was soon headlining in resorts and casinos around the world. He’s worked behind the scenes creatively for David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, and David Blaine. With the support of talk show host and amateur magician Johnny Carson, Andrew started a program to use magic to teach critical thinking skills in public schools for the James Randi Educational Foundation. Andrew’s “Wizard School” segments, teaching magic and science to children, aired nationwide on public television. He also starred in the reality show Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne.

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Angel Killer: A Jessica Blackwood Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Andrew Mayne is an illusionist and magician who has worked for David Copperfield, Penn and Teller and David Blaine. He's also the star of A&E's Don't Trust Andrew Mayne. And....he's also an author. Mayne self published his novels and had some success. Angel Killer sold really well in that format and Bourbon Street Books picked it up, with a hard copy of Angel Killer just published. I normally eschew self published books, but was incredibly curious to read Angel Killer (especially after a large publisher picked it up.) I found the premise intriguing - an FBI agent who grew up in a 'magic' family. When a killer calling himself the Warlock starts staging and executing seemingly impossible crimes, Jessica Blackwood is called in. The FBI seems to think her unusual background will be the key they need to find this killer. But it's easier said than done - The Warlock is incredibly devious and seems to have a long range plan..... Well, Mayne is smart as well - he's writing what he knows. The use of magic and illusion as the serial killer's signature is unique. And having an agent just as familiar with the sleights of hand and misdirection is fresh and different. And quite fascinating. Mayne is setting the stage (yes pun intended) for Jessica. We get to know her background and mindset and I quite liked her. We're also introduced to the mysterious Damien n - I definitely want to know more about him. The plot is inventive and again, out of the ordinary. There are a few instances where I questioned the leap to the next point or some technical wizardry, but overall I thought it was really good. And through it all runs the idea of magic. I am always entertained by illusionists and am not sure how I feel about knowing the truth behind some 'tricks' I've seen, but it's pretty interesting to discover how some of them are achieved. Angel Killer is being marketed as the first Jessica Blackwood novel. I would definitely pick up the next in this series - even more so that the end of Angel Killer is not truly the end - the last page is a definite link to a larger plot still not uncovered. I've peeked at other's thoughts on this book and many readers mention their dissatisfaction with the ending. I actually like the unfinished threads - the idea that there's more in store for this character and the anticipation of the continuation of a good tale
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A captivating mystery with unusual twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages well into the wee hours of the night. The main character comes from a family of great magicans. She learned and excelled in the family business until after a near fatal accident she changes careers and becomes an FBI analyst. She is brought in to consult a strange series of events because of her unique perspective. A serial killer who has stumped even the FBI's best criminalists with killings that appear supernatural even to the experts. This story and plot was so well written I called several friends to buy the book. I have already preordered book two. Hats off to a new writer who has created a new look to a well worn genre. Jp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My new favorite author. Intriguing characters & well-thought out plot twists kept me guessing to the end. The magic connection adds a fresh angle to the story. Looking forward to more Jessica Blackwood stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this on the strenght of the reviews. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Intriguing characters, well crafted plot. Way better than a lot of stuff churned out by big-name authors these days. I'm a fan.
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This book is so good, with the exception of bathroom and food breaks, I read it all in one sitting. I just could not tear myself away. The plot was original with behind the scene views not only into the world of the FBI, but into the world of magic. The main character, Jessica Blackstone, was complex and intriguing. The antagonist was a magical Oz, manipulating the illusions that so dramatically hid his murderous intent. Although not everything at the end was tied up in a neat little bow, it gave a versimilitude to the story, as life rarely is neat and tidy. Excellent book, and I so look forward to taking another rollercoaster ride with Jessica as I follow the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the new perspective and Andrew Maynes ability to use his knowledge of magic is really interesting. Couldn't put it down!
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Angel Killer' is the gripping and explosive first novel in a new thriller series featuring FBI agent Jessica Blackwood. Before becoming an agent, Jessica was a successful illusionist. She turned her back on the magician's lifestyle - including her family and the promising career in front of her. Jessica thought that she had left that part of her life behind her and moved on - until a twisted hacker named Warlock begins a sick game of cat and mouse with her. His feats seem supernatural and impossible to explain - and he's chosen Jessica as his audience - or his next target, if she can't catch him first. The description of this book had me intrigued the moment I read it and although I was hesitant about a story mixing FBI agents and magicians, I decided to give it a shot. I'm so incredibly glad that I did because it was by far one of the best thrillers I've read this year. Thrillers are one of my favorite genres - I love being on the edge of your seat, not knowing what's going to happen next; all the twists and turns the author throws at you and the final showdown between villain and hero. I always try to figure out what's really going on and who's behind it all before the characters do, but I have to admit that I was at a loss for this book. I would build good theories, or so I thought, just to have them shattered by a huge twist in the plot. The story kept me on my toes and guessing to the very end - which is no small feat for an avid thriller fan like myself. When an author is able to do that, I know that I've come across extraordinary talent and usually a new favorite author. I don't do spoilers in my reviews, so I'll be brief in my descriptions and details of the book. The characters were well written, especially our heroine Jessica. She's a complex character with hopes, faults, and a somewhat odd past - all of which made her realistic and easy for me to identify with right from the start. The book is told in first person point-of-view from Jessica's perspective. I think this was the perfect choice for the book because the reader gets to know the main character on a much deeper and more personal level than other types of writing styles. We get inside access to her private thoughts, emotions, and inner dialogue - among other things. This only makes Jessica more realistic and easy to identify with, in my opinion. The plot was compelling and I was immediately sucked into the book by the end of the prologue. The writing was very conversational in tone, which gave it a natural flow and made it an easy and fascinating story. The acute attention to detail along with the incredibly vivid imagery made the story come to life before my eyes - which is exactly what a powerful thriller is meant to do. I loved every aspect about the book and I'm ridiculously excited that this is just the first book in a new series. I can't wait to learn more about Jessica and to see what will happen next. This series has enormous potential, and is lucky enough to have an immensely talented author creating it. I honestly can't recommend this book highly enough! Fans of mysteries, suspense, and thrillers do not want to miss out on this one. Read it now. I promise you won't be disappointed and that you'll be dying for the next book's release just as much as I am. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it. Well done story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't go looking for your normal FBI agent as the heroine. She is certainly unique & I loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting plot engine - everyone loves "magic"! Also happy to find a new female lead who is -almost- believable. Fast paced & well written. AJ West