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Cuts Like a Knife

Cuts Like a Knife

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by M. K. Gilroy

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Detective Kristen Conner goes undercover to find a serial killer who selects his victims - all successful young professional women - in the most unlikely of places - only to find herself as his new favorite target.

Chicago has a new resident; a heartless killer on a decade-long crime spree.  When a successful young woman is found dead in her


Detective Kristen Conner goes undercover to find a serial killer who selects his victims - all successful young professional women - in the most unlikely of places - only to find herself as his new favorite target.

Chicago has a new resident; a heartless killer on a decade-long crime spree.  When a successful young woman is found dead in her fashionable townhome, a red flag goes up in Washington, D.C. The FBI knows an elusive "organized killer" is at work again.  The problem is the Feds have only one tenuous lead to assist local police in the manhunt ... a most unlikely place the killer likes to find his victims.

Kristen Conner is light one her feet and packs a powerful punch - growing up in a cop's home, intense hand-to-hand combat training, and not being able to shoot a handgun straight - all encourage that. Her life is built on faith and family: she coaches her 7-year-old niece's soccer team, the Snowflakes, always shows up hungry for family dinner, and only misses church when she is fighting with her glamorous TV news reporter sister - or relentlessly tracking down a ruthless killer.

Kristen is a good cop but she's never faced an adversary like this.  From the opening chase scene that leads her to a back alley where a punk with a knife awaits her, to the climactic scene where she goes one-on-one with the hauntingly familiar man who is killing innocent women in her town, Cuts Like a Knife, is loaded with action, humor, and wry introspection through the voice of its irrepressible lead character.

Cuts Like a Knife is the debut book in the Kristen Conner Mystery Series. Every Breath You Take is slated for Spring 2013 release.ction.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Christian publishing veteran Gilroy debuts as an author (he’s usually the publisher) with a thriller that blends all the elements of the genre: evil criminal, dedicated cop, and exciting ending. Kristen Conner is a detective with the Chicago Police Department, coaches her niece’s soccer team, and struggles with anger. And she’s sure she can catch a serial killer who’s taken up residence in Chicago. Handsome FBI agent Austin Reynolds gravitates to Kristen, who struggles with the patient Dell, a man from church who wants more from Kristen than she’s willing to give, but who also fits the killer’s profile. Sprinkled throughout are diary entries from the killer; poured more liberally is Kristen’s introspection on life, love, family, men, and her fellow detectives, plus a sprinkling of theology, as she struggles to find balance in her world while catching a killer. Genre aficionados may wish for less inner chatter from the intrepid detective and more actual police work, though readers can’t help enjoying this new voice. (Apr.)

Product Details

Worthy Publishing
Publication date:
A Kristen Conner Mystery Series , #1
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)


Meet the Author

M. K. GILROY has helped create hundreds of projects and launch dozens of authors, working in every area of the publishing industry from his first job as a proofreader to executive vice president and publisher—and just about everything in between. Gilroy’s debut novel, Cuts Like a Knife, is a tribute to a love for character-driven mysteries and thrillers—with a sprinkling of theology and self-reflective angst added for good measure. Gilroy resides in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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Cuts Like a Knife 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Treker76 More than 1 year ago
Good book. I enjoyed the the fast paced storyline that kept me guessing as to the identity of the killer. In addition to the twists and turns, I must admit that I really like the characters. Of course, Detective Kristen Conner was the focal point of the story. Her relationship with her family, the interaction with her fellow officers, and her personal struggle with anger and trust issues added a sense of realism and bit of humor. So, yes, I'd recommend this book and would hope that there would be another one in the near future.
Nightstand-Reader More than 1 year ago
I love suspense thrillers from the likes of Daniel Silva and Lee Child. This book introduces a fabulous character, detective Kristen Conner - she loves God and family but struggles with her temper and ends up in conflict with everyone - despite having a heart of gold. She's great at martial arts but lousy with her Baretta. She's relentless and intuitive. She goes face to face with an incredibly interesting and creepy killer. A new author and series to check out!
NorthwoodsDale More than 1 year ago
Cuts Like a Knife, M. K Gilroy's, debut novel surprises you when you are sure you have followed every twist and introduces you to characters that you want to get to know. If you are a fan of John Sanford or Julia Spencer-Flemming this book will introduce you to a new author that can keep you turning the pages past your bedtime and leave you impatiently awaiting the next volume. I highly recommend Cuts Like a Knife. Enjoy!
cpwight More than 1 year ago
There are many books out there to choose from with thrilling action, intense mystery, intriguing romance, or complex characters, but CUTS LIKE A KNIFE has it all! I was compelled to keep turning pages until the very end. A fun, exciting and interesting read…go get it, now!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this detective serial-killer mystery. Although many elements of the plot were formulaic, I found the protagonist very interesting and appealing. Gilroy gets into the mind of his female hero and makes her life important to the reader - I cared a lot about her safety and the eventual outcome. I would gladly read more by the same author if they are this good!
CadynSS More than 1 year ago
An intense, eerie, funny and suspenseful thriller ... M.K. Gilroy's debut is a sure-fire winner." - USA TODAY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down........it is a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am assuming this is a Christian publishing company hence the lack of "dirty vices" in this novel. First, I commend M.K. Gilroy for writing such a clean, Christian friendly novel - with Kirk Cameron producing such movies, I hope this novelist gains recognition. But my second point - I saw numerous grammatical errors just in the sample and the opening fight scene to arrest the "punk" lost my attention. I am a Christian who knows plenty Chicago cops and I have not befriended any so polite or faithful as of yet. M.K. Gilroy, I hope your novel inspires others to act as kindly as your protagonist. Back to my vice....Gillian Flynn.....but I wish you so much success!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me interested from page one until the end. Not only a very good mystery, but Kristen's struggles with her father's death, her faith and her family make for a very "human" detective story. Highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were very relatable and the plot engrosing. I was up late several nights because I couldn't put the book down. I hope there is a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me forever to read the first 3/4 of the book. I will say the last 75 pages were exciting but not enough for me to read another Gilroy book.
Diana54 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome book, I have read many mystery novels, this was a hard to put down book. It was easy though to pick right back up if you only had a few minutes to read a couple of pages. Looking forward to seeing the next book from this author.
Possomholler More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for a cold winter day. It is full of action that will keep you on the edge of your seat up to the final page. It is one that makes you wonder, who is he, and when and how will be caught .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much distraction from the story with frivolous uninteresting and useless dialogue. Most points about the main character and her family were emphasized over and over and over again. Four hundred pages should be reduced to 200. I do not want to put a well written book down because each page draws me to the next; however, this book was broring and made me want to stop reading it after about 75 pages. Why didn't I? I did want to know who was the murderer so I would skip ten or twenty pages at a time without losing the main story line. Would i purchase another book by this author...NO!
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I did not enjoy this book at all. Ok, i take that back the ending was good. It went on and on and on about useless things that never had anything to do with the book at all. It was a good storyline actually and had potential to be a good book hiwever the writting just wasnt great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author has put together an enjoyable read that treats family values in the most responsible manner. Detective Kristen Connor, daughter of a deceased Chicago police officer, struggles with anger issues. A sadastic serial killer has come to Chicago to add to his forty seven female victims. Read along to see how it all plays out. J M Lydon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very suspenseful and yet didn't rely on a lot of bad language to make it sell. I enjoyed it immensely. I really like the main character, Kristen Conner. She is very believable.
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I heard there's a hurt 11yr old so I just wanted to see waz crackin xP.