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The Perfect Prey
     

The Perfect Prey

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by James Andrus
 

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A TRUE HUNTER KNOWS. . .

Spring break in Jacksonville, Florida. Pretty girls are everywhere—in the bars and dance clubs, on the beaches. None of them suspect the hot guy they're flirting with isn't what he seems. Because spring break is also hunting season. And it's time for the killing to begin. . .

THE PERFECT TIME. . .

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A TRUE HUNTER KNOWS. . .

Spring break in Jacksonville, Florida. Pretty girls are everywhere—in the bars and dance clubs, on the beaches. None of them suspect the hot guy they're flirting with isn't what he seems. Because spring break is also hunting season. And it's time for the killing to begin. . .

THE PERFECT TIME. . .

Detective John Stallings is still raw from his last case, with a high profile and a failed marriage to show for it. All he needs is another serial killer. But while the methods differ, the string of blond, blue-eyed victims points to one thing: a psychopath with a terrifying agenda.

TO STRIKE. . .

There's no shortage of clues, but the target is clever, elusive, and ruthless. At this very moment, he's singling out the next innocent young thing who'll die for his pleasure. And soon Stallings will face a choice between the law he's trained to enforce, and his own need for vengeance. . .

PRAISE FOR JAMES ANDRUS AND THE PERFECT WOMAN

"This book moves with deadly speed and the assured hand of a writer who knows his stuff." --Michael Connelly

"AN INSIDER'S VIEW OF HOW A TRUE POLICE INVESTIGATION UNFOLDS. IT'S AS CLOSE A LOOK AT POLICE WORK AS YOU CAN GET." –Elmore Leonard

"ONE OF THE BEST COP NOVELS TO COME ALONG IN YEARS." --Jeffery Deaver

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Andrus's engaging second thriller to feature James Stalling and Patty Levine (after The Perfect Woman), the two missing persons detectives look into the puzzling case of college student Allie Marsh, who died of an overdose of home-made ecstasy while having sex. Allie's is just one of several suspicious deaths among the Jacksonville, Fla., spring break crowd. As a career law enforcement officer, Andrus brings authenticity to the police procedural details. He's also good at depicting the complicated lives of his leads--Stalling, whose own daughter disappeared at 16 and whose home life is in disarray, is particularly devoted to cases of missing persons and endangered young women--as well as the care the killer takes to avoid getting caught. The one flaw is the author's tendency to dwell on the motivations of his many characters, as if he couldn't trust the reader to remember what he'd already established. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786027866
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Series:
Detective John Stallings , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
326,727
File size:
3 MB

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sfc98 More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I have read anything by this author (it is only his second book I believe) and it was superb. This is the kind of thriller/mystery I love to read, a serial killer, a story that keeps you guessing and a terrific ending. I have already ordered the first book in what appears to be a series or at least a related book with the same detectives. It is written much like Brian Freeman's thrillers with short chapters like James Patterson. One of the best mysteries I have read in a while, I highly recommend this one.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Detective James Stalling is in a very bad place at this time in his life. His then sixteen years old daughter disappeared three years ago, which leaves him to wonder if she still lives, and he is separated from his wife. John also remains raw from his last case involving the capture of a nasty serial killer (see The Perfect Woman). The last thing he needs at this time is another high profile investigation, but he cannot say no to a young adult or child missing person's case. The predator selects blonde hair blue eyed females who are in Florida during mid-term break. He gives them ecstasy and has sex with her before The Other kills her. When college student Allie Marsh vanishes, her mother knows people in high places so the Jacksonville police department makes her disappearance a top priority. John and his partner Patty Levine learn of several young women with ecstasy in their system who were found dead. They realize these females did not commit suicide or overdosed. They conclude a predatory serial killer is on the prowl, but knows how to hide by blending into the youth scene. James Andrus has written a very exciting police procedural that for the most part leaves readers breathless with the faster than the speed of light story line. Fans will feel they are part of the investigative team as they will feel the frustrations of the lead cops; although that also leads to some repetitiveness on the part of how the detectives feel, and to a lesser degree the euphoria of the killer, who is front and center in several chapters. This is a winning thriller. Harriet Klausner
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anavidreaderalways220 More than 1 year ago
Great book, keep me in suspense all the way through it. great characters and story. Keeps you gussing who did it. Hope to read many more from this author.