The Impaler

The Impaler

by Gregory Funaro
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Impaler 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
christytilleryfrench More than 1 year ago
The impaled bodies of two male victims are discovered in a cemetery with the cryptic message "I have returned" on their torsos. When the impaled body of a criminal defense attorney is subsequently found, the killer is given the nickname The Impaler, named for Vlad the Impaler, upon whom Bram Stroker's Dracula was based. This is the first case for FBI agent Sam Markham since his promotion to Raleigh, North Carolina. Markham, still grieving his wife's death, tries not to be distracted by the execution date of her killer looming in the near future. He immerses himself in the investigation, frustrated by the lack of DNA or trace evidence at each crime scene. He begins to suspect the serial killer's reason for impaling his victims has nothing to do with Vlad Tepes but is connected to a stolen Babylonian seal and the god Nergal, guardian of the underworld. At first the victims seem to have nothing in common but Markham finds a connection and he and his team begin to close in on their killer whose kills are escalating and who always seems one step ahead of them. As Markham zeroes in, he's unaware the Impaler is now focused on him. Funaro came out swinging with The Sculptor and does not disappoint his readers with The Impaler. Although some scenes are gruesome, they are intrinsic to the plot and well-executed. The characterization of the serial killer is fascinating as the reader learns of past traumas he experienced that formed him into the deranged monster he is. One sympathizes with Markham and his ongoing bereavement of his wife's violent death. The plot is complicated yet so well-written readers will not have trouble following along. Rarely does this reviewer read a book that captures the attention so thoroughly. Characterization, plot, and dialogue excel. Funaro proves himself worthy of status on the best-seller list with this intense, electrifying thriller which deserves more than 5 stars.
8877 More than 1 year ago
The name of the book hooked me, and it lives up to its name. I thought the author did a wonderful job with his characters. Even the small characters were done well, little Marla Rodriguez, Cindy Smith the love struck young woman. I really like characters that leave impressions. The 'topic' of the serial killer is an interesting one and kept me guessing, I wasn't sure that his delusions might become reality. I've read a lot of different authors in this genre and I was amazed when I saw that this author had only two books out. I think great things are coming our way as authors tend to get better and better.
Billjr13 More than 1 year ago
I read Funaro's first book The Sculptor and really liked it. The Impaler is the second book from Gregory Funaro and it features FBI agent and profiler Sam Markham. It is a truly fast paced but very convoluted novel and there are lots of twists and turns that keep you reading. I enjoyed the book but I have to tell you it is gory. The killer tortures and literally impales his victims (Like Vlad the Impaler). Funaro's descriptions are eerily detailed, grim, and seem very realistic. The characters are complex and believable, they don't go running around doing things that make you scratch your head and say, "that would never happen." You care for them, and you may even start to understand the killer in a weird way too. (Note I didn't say sympathize, he is far too sick for that.) The book starts with the torture and murder of a lawyer in North Carolina and FBI Supervisory Special Agent Sam Markham, a widower, whose wife's killer is about to be executed, and he has been promoted to the Behavioral Analysis unit in Quantico, Virginia. He is sent to North Carolina to investigate three murders connected by their gruesome method but seemingly nothing else. From there all I can say is hang on because the ride is going to get very bumpy. You will have to read it yourself. I liked Funero's first book and recommend it but The Impaler is an improvement in every way. This author has topped his first book and I can't wait to read the next one.
littlebrownbird More than 1 year ago
Gripping page turner, Gregory Funaro holds nothing back. I cringed at times and that's hard to make me do when reading a book. This book is not for everyone. Violent. If you like Stephen King's writing, you'll like what Funaro has to offer. Like King, Funaro can put you into the head of a killer and his/her victim. Great writing style with some of the best developed characters I have ever known. I loved the killers back story and why he became who he did.
SylviaK More than 1 year ago
I got this as an advanced readers copy. "The Impaler" by Gregory Funaro gets scary on page 1 and I didn't want to put it down once I started reading it. What makes this novel so special is the sense of doom that you can feel as you read the words "How could you think I'd let you get away?" Gregory Funaro installed fear into me as a reader. I felt the thumping of my heart as I continued reading the horror of impalement. The storyline did flow very well. I liked the back story about Vlad and what motivated Edmund to kill, what transformed him into being weird, creepy, evil and unremorseful. I just put Gregory Funaro's first novel "The Sculptor" on my "what I want for Christmas" list.
HanselnGretel More than 1 year ago
Funaro's new novel, which is actually a prequel to last year's The Sculptor, once again follows FBI agent Sam Markham as he unravels the mystery behind a series of gruesome murders. While most serial killers in fiction strain the reader's credulity to the limits, the killer in this novel (who "impales" his victims on stakes and leaves them on display, similar to Vlad The Impaler) is so well defined and developed, which Funaro does with a keen psychological eye, that we not only see the macabre behind the killer's actions, but the science. This novel is constructed within a well-researched narrative of FBI "find the killer" cliff hangers, plot twists, back-story, and emotionally rich prose. If the purpose of the novel is to entertain and to inform, Funaro certainly hits the mark and is well on his way to becoming a master of thrillers. While I preferred the subject matter of The Sculptor, The Impaler's story construction and character development is actually quite an improvement. So if you liked The Sculptor, you'll love this.
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