Carnal Prey

Carnal Prey

by Mr Warren Ashton


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His destination tonight, "the stroll", that area of the city where a small subculture scratches a meager existence from the darkened streets, mostly unseen by proper folks. People who venture here after dark are either desperate or deranged. They are either buying or selling at the very lowest end of the trading spectrum. Only the most basic commodities are available here after dark, those of flesh and blood. On nearly every corner stands a lonely figure, anxiously pacing as the crack cocaine in her bloodstream wanes in intensity. Still she tries to look seductive, all the while oblivious to the dangers of her trade, driven by desperation. The only pimp down here is addiction and there has never been a more sadistic master. Those who fall victim are ravaged by drugs that prematurely wither their faces and wrack their fragile bodies. Their families have long since abandoned any hope for them. They are ghosts. Few people even care if these unfortunate creatures live or die so long as they don't impact the rest of society. What better place for him to unleash the primal urge within him to "hunt".
Drawn from the chilling files of a prominent Forensics Expert. Women's bodies are being dumped on the outskirts of Omaha, Nebraska. Police believe they are facing a cold and calculating serial killer. Unfortunately, they have no suspects, no motive, and very little physical evidence. What's worse, they have no idea how many more bodies are out there or when the killer will strike again. Their only clue is that the victims are known street prostitutes, addicted and vulnerable. Step inside the barrier tape with the members of an elite task force and witness the inner workings of a massive serial killer investigation. They'll use advanced crime analysis tools, behavioral science, and good old gum shoe police work. Follow every step in the forensic investigation from gruesome crime scenes through autopsies and watch as the evidence begins to point to a single suspect. You will see the human side of an investigation of this magnitude as well and the toll it takes on those involved. The author is a 30 year veteran of a major police agency and has been directly involved with many such investigations over those years. Although "Carnal Prey" is a work of fiction, the events portrayed are drawn directly from those personal experiences.

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ISBN-13: 9781541174474
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/07/2016
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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Carnal Prey 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Vigilant-Reader More than 1 year ago
Title – Carnal Prey Author – Warren Ashton Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Serial Killer 270 Amazon Pages Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 5/17/17 No. 30- 2017 My impressions: serial killer, personal issues, daunting task, haunting personal fear, alcoholism, escapism. Main characters: Dillon Haywood – age 48, Head of forensics at Omaha NB. Has a personal fear of finding his only daughter dead on the streets. Captain Angela Marconi – hardnosed, no nonsense cop, head of homicide. Bradley Eric Neilson, unskilled laborer, pathetic serial killer. Carnal Prey is well told but not well written. The first twenty five percent of the story is slow and almost entirely narrative. The story centers around Dillon Haywood’s mental anguish caused by his personal issues as he chases after a cruel serial killer. His off the job relationship with his boss is all that keeps him from having a mental breakdown. As the body count rises Dillon accepts his self-imposed blame for the killer not being caught although his team and the taskforce are following every sparse lead they uncover. In his mind, his rebellious missing daughter could be the next victim claimed by the serial killer. There are simple formatting issues plus the editing is very poor. There are missing, misspelled, extra and wrong words used plus gross misuse of quotation marks. Line breaks are needed between scene changes, but sentence structure is okay. Details are adequate and character development is good for Dillon but sparse for Angela. The plot is excellent but the writing style is hurt by an inordinate amount of editing errors. For those turned off by gross details be aware there is a detailed, graphic description of an autopsy. Cursing is minor and not an issue unless the reader is easily offended. Based on the excellent plot I recommend this story if the reader is not turned off by the abundance of poor editing. This review was provided as a free service. Vigilant Reader Book Reviews.