Just One Bite: A Novel
Just One Bite: A Novel

Just One Bite: A Novel

by Jack Heath

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“Heath’s boundless imagination and singular voice have produced a truly unique thriller.” —Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author, on Hangman

The shocking, fast-paced and queasily funny follow-up to Jack Heath’s international bestselling thriller,

Timothy Blake, ex-consultant for the FBI, now works in body disposal for a local crime lord. One night he stumbles across a body he wasn’t supposed to find and is forced to hide it. When the FBI calls Blake in to investigate a missing university professor, Blake recognizes him as the dead man in his freezer.

Then another man goes missing. And another.

There’s a serial killer in Houston, Texas, and Blake is running out of time to solve the case. His investigation takes him to a sex doll factory, a sprawling landfill in Louisiana and a secret cabin in the woods.

As they hunt the killer together, FBI agent Reese Thistle starts to warm to Blake—but she also gets closer and closer to discovering his terrible secret.

Can Blake uncover the killer without being exposed himself?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335952844
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 246,897
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

First published as a teenager, Jack Heath is the award-winning author of more than twenty fiction titles for young adult and middle-grade readers. He lives in Australia.

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Just One Bite 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
cloggiedownunder 21 days ago
“’I cut off X’s head with a breadknife,’ I say. ‘The FBI just found it in my freezer. Half of the police force is looking for you, the other half is looking for me.’” Hunter (aka Just One Bite) is the second book in the Timothy Blake series by award-winning Australian author, Jack Heath. When his unconventional arrangement with the last FBI field office director ended, cannibal Timothy Blake took up a new position as body disposal expert for Houston crime boss, Charlie Warner. Warner’s activities ensure a steady supply of bodies, so Blake doesn’t go hungry. Is this a match made in heaven (well, except for “Two dead bodies concealed in my house. No, wait. Three. I’m losing count”)? Not quite. It seems Warner won’t hesitate to add him to the body count if Blake exceeds the allowable quota of three mistakes. He’s already made two. That second mistake involves helping his former FBI minder, Agent Reese Thistle with a puzzling case. Timothy Blake finds it hard to resist a body, but “I take cases not because the bad guy gets punished, but because I get so wrapped up in the puzzles that my hunger disappears.” Blake promises Warner he won’t help in any case that involves her, but then the borders begin to blur when he helps himself to a bonus body in the woods. The body Agent Thistle is looking for. As with Hangman, Heath gives the reader another compulsive read, this one featuring date rape, blackmail, kidnapping and at least ten deaths, most of them violent. As well as his usual activities, Blake visits a rubbish dump and a courtroom, debates the merits of a sex-doll brothel, buries a body, solves a cryptographic code, swallows a mobile phone, tries to quit his job and vows to stop eating people. Blake’s inner monologue and his unsaid asides are often laugh-out-loud (if darkly) comical: “She stands up as we enter. She wouldn’t make much of a meal. She’s four foot five at the most, even in her polished heels” and “I reuse a lot, but I don’t recycle. One of my bad habits. After you’ve eaten a few people, none of your other flaws seem important enough to fix” are just a two of many that will mean certain readers should avoid devouring this novel in the quiet carriage of public transport. Heath devises another plot with twists and surprises and non-stop action to keep the pages turning right up to the utterly perfect last line. Again, each chapter begins with a riddle, clues to which often follow in the story. There are certainly spoilers for Hangman in this sequel, so it’s important to read this series in order. Fingers will be crossed that Heath is working on Timothy Blake #3. Truly clever and blackly funny, this sequel does not disappoint. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Allen & Unwin.
Jill-Elizabeth_dot_com 9 days ago
Blake's life has gotten a lot more complicated (if that was possible), and in this second installment he finds himself involved in an even tenser juggling act between his dual lives - the two sets of them that he lives, that is... First, he has to balance his day job as a consultant to the FBI with his night job as body disposal expert for a local crime lord. And second - and more difficult, if you can imagine, is dancing the line between his public persona as a mild-mannered regular Joe with his *real* nature (which I can't tell you about if you don't already know because it's a major spoiler in the first book!)... The back-and-forth tension between the various aspects of his public and private faces is one of the more entertaining aspects of this series and allows for a delightfully morbid sense of humor to peek out from behind its fingers throughout the story. Couple that with unusual murders and mysterious back stories for everyone from major to minor characters, and you have the makings of a uniquely entertaining series! This one started out much slower than I expected, and I almost put it down as a result. Blake felt a LOT more hapless in the beginning than I remembered him being, and I was afraid I would not connect with the read. I hung in there because I thoroughly enjoyed the dark humor and tongue-in-cheek nature of the first book, and I'm glad I did as things eventually fell into the the rhythm I expected and the read was great from there on out. My review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Anonymous 10 days ago
I read this book in about four days. What an amazing ending...hope there will be another book!!
Amanda_Dickens 14 days ago
I received an email advertising this book. After a quick glance at the synopsis I accepted the ARC. Fast forwards a few weeks, I start to read this book. I had no idea that it was a sequel or that the main character is a cannibal. Yeah, a cannibal. They left that out of the synopsis. The good news is, neither the fact that it was a sequel or about a cannibal took away from the story. It was an interesting take to follow the "bad guy" that is also the "good guy".Unfortunately I would not a fan of the book as a whole. The kidnapping, sexual abuse, torture, and other horrible things were just too much for me. I found myself tuning out for the last half of the book and just wanted it to be over with. After looking at other reviews on Goodreads, I am clearly in the minority with my rating. While it was an intriguing synopsis and even with the twist on the main character, I wish I would have passed on this book and would not recommend it to others. I do give it 2 stars (instead of 1) for its originality and writing style.
diane92345 15 days ago
Timothy Blake tells himself it is Just One Bite and rips a chunk out of the relatively recent murder victim he found in the woods. Timothy is there to pick up a crime boss’ latest victim. But how can he fit two large bodies in his ancient Corolla’s trunk. The problems that cannibals have in modern society... He makes it home and throws the body in his chest freezer before his boss’ hengemen come to get him. Timothy manages to explain his reason for leaving before picking up the body. A hengeman drives him home where he has to shove another body in his freezer. He barely finishes before his former co-worker, FBI agent Reese Thistle, insists he help her with a missing person case. After seeing the victim’s photo, he knows where he is—in his freezer with a large bite mark on his arm. If Hannibal Lector and Dexter spawned an offspring, it would be Timothy Blake. He’s a cannibal with a conscious. He tries to only eat the guilty. Unfortunately for him (but fortunately for the reader), he gets into absurd hilarious Serge Storm-level situations while doing it. Despite the crazy premise, Just One Bite has believable characters that you want to succeed. This is the second in the series but can be read as a standalone. It does have many triggers like, uh, cannibalism, violence, and illusions to sexual assault. However, if you’re okay with that, I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a sense of humor and likes thrillers. 5 stars! Thanks to Hanover Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
writertoreader 16 days ago
This is a seriously twisted read in the best way possible! Honestly, I'm floored by what I just read this book took some wicked turns I couldn't have anticipated. I actually hadn't read the first book in the series but I definitely will go back and read it now. Just One Bite is an insanely fun read, perfect for fans of the Dexter series (book or television show). If you love pitch-black humor and dark, creepy storylines, then you won't be disappointed by this detective story.
Momma_Becky 17 days ago
Timothy Blake is back and if you've read Hangman, you know his tastes run toward the macabre. In fact, this follow up is even more grisly than its predecessor. This one has quite the case for Blake to solve, and things seem to get dangerously close to convoluted for a while. In addition to that, Blake's quick wit and sharp intellect aren't on par with what I found in the first book, which was sorely missed this time around. That said, Heath does bring things together for a crazy, can't catch your breath conclusion that has me hoping Just One Bite is more than a sequel. That aside, we get more of Blake on a personal level as things heat up with Thistle and for me, that's where some of the real fun began. It's not easy to humanize a monster, particularly one like Timothy Blake, but Jack Heath not only managed it, he did it so well that I even found myself feeling sorry for Timothy. Not enough to ever want to be in his vicinity, but sorry for him nonetheless. Having read both Timothy Blake books, I would say that Just One Bite can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading Hangman first to get the full picture of this wonderfully twisted character.
bamcooks 19 days ago
I actually enjoyed this second mystery featuring the cannibal, Timothy Blake, more than book one, Hangman. Reading them back to back, perhaps I got used to the concept of our hero of sorts being a cannibal! 'Some would say a cannibal working for the FBI is far-fetched,' thinks Timothy. Yes, indeed! But once you put these concerns aside, it's a pretty entertaining read. Blake nows works for the crime lord, Charlie Warner, doing body disposal. (Don't ask.) But he is called back to the Houston office of the FBI to help with the case of a missing professor...whose body he just happens to have in his freezer. Oh boy! Can he work for them while trying to misdirect their investigation? And if Charlie finds out he's working for the FBI again, he's a dead man. But uppermost on his mind is the problem of trying to mend fences with Agent Reese Thistle, his love interest. Can he ever have a normal sexual relationship with her without wanting to take a bite, just one bite? This story has an intriguing plot, action, humor, and romance. Who could ask for more? I received an arc of this new thriller from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. Many thanks for the opportunity.
JBronder 21 days ago
Timothy Blake was working for the FBI but has decided that it would be better to work for a local crime lord disposing bodies. When you find out about Timothy’s quirks this will make more sense to you. One night as he is out working he stumbles across another body, take s bite out of it, and brings it back home. But when more bodies start showing up Timothy realizes that Houston has a serial killer on the loose and quickly contacts the FBI. Timothy has his hands full with an attraction to his handler, Reese Thistle, I mean what would she think of him is she knew about his little habits? It also doesn’t help that his boss is starting to get worried and has decided that it might be best if Timothy disappears himself. This is my first book from author Jack Heath and I had no idea what I was going to get myself into. I didn’t expect this twist for a main character but it works once I wrapped my dark sense of humor around it. Yes, Timothy had me laughing; I mean how could you not in his shoes? I loved the mystery portion of the story. I had no idea who the killer could have been until the big reveal, which I just loved. And Reese, I wanted to scream at her to run away as fast as possible, but then again Timothy is still human and deserves love too. This is one heck of a story. I loved it from the start and recommend it to anyone that likes a dark, twisted thriller. You will not be disappointed. Now I have to go back and read Hangman to figure out what I missed. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Monnie777 22 days ago
This book is both disturbing and fascinating. We are back following Timothy Blake on another case. We find out what happens after the last book. When a guy goes missing and Timothy stumbles upon him, it starts down a road Timothy doesn't want to go. We get to see Reece again. This book has two different bad guys and both need to be found soon. The ending of the book makes me wonder what is going to happen next for Timothy. *I received a free copy of this book via the NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.*