The Slowest Death

The Slowest Death

by Rick Reed

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The Slowest Death by Rick Reed

Detective Jack Murphy can read a crime scene like a book. When the naked, brutalized corpse of a narcotics cop is found, it’s not the body that tells him a sick killer is on the loose, but the monkey figurine—of the “see no evil” kind—shoved down his throat. It’s a message, not a clue. Then a high-profile judge is set on fire. Another figurine left behind. Murphy has a guess what’s next. But it’s not what he expects. The torture-killer taking out Evansville’s defenders of law and order isn’t the only one with secrets. The victims might have a few, too . . .
Praise for Rick Reed and his novels
“A jaw-dropping thriller.”—Gregg Olsen
“Leaves you wondering whether you really did lock the doors before you went to bed.”—Mystery Scene 
“Put this on your must-read list.”—John Lutz
“The things Reed has seen as a police officer make for a great book.”
Suspense Magazine
“Rick Reed knows the dark side as only a real-life cop can, and his writing crackles with authenticity.” —Shane Gericke

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516104543
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Series: A Jack Murphy Thriller , #6
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 9,409
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Sergeant Rick Reed (Ret.), author of the Jack Murphy thriller series, is a twenty-plus-year veteran police detective.  During his career he successfully investigated numerous high-profile criminal cases, including a serial killer who claimed thirteen lives before strangling and dismembering his fourteenth and last victim. He recounted that story in his acclaimed true-crime book, Blood Trail.  Rick spent his last three years on the force as the Commander of the police department’s Internal Affairs Section. He has two master’s degrees and upon retiring from the police force, took a fulltime teaching position with a community college. He currently teaches criminal justice at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee and writes thrillers. He lives near Nashville with his wife and two furry friends, Lexie and Luthor. Please visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, or at his website, If you’d like him to speak online for your event, contact him by going to

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The Slowest Death 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book,it had some decent reviews. I dont know why, it is pretty awful. If you like kitchy, corny, inane cop humor and too many Clint Eastwood references, this book is for you. Sorry to Rick Reed but you should read some John D. McDonald, or Robert Ludlum and try to write more like them, thats why they are bestsellers! I should have given zero stars but I touched it and can't take it back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Detective Jack Murphy and his partner 'Bigfoot' Liddell make their 6th appearance in this terrific crime thriller. He and his partner are looking for a serial killer. First a fellow cop was tortured, mutilated and killed. Railroad spikes were driven into his eyes. During the autopsy, a monkey figurine declaring See No Evil was found shoved down his throat. And then a judge is found after having been set on fire. Another figurine was found in his throat. A Mob associate and a lawyer are the next to be brutally murdered. What connects all these victims? Why would a serial killer pick out this small town in Indiana? Everyone connected with this case ha secrets .... secrets they may be killed for before Murphy can stop the killer. This is well-written, as has all the books in this particular series. While doing well as a stand alone, I highly recommend starting at the very beginning. I love the characters. Murphy and Liddell have been partners forever and I enjoy the interaction between these two. The humor between them is closer than most brothers. They have each others' backs, come hell or high water. The story premise is a good one. Full of twists and turns, lies and secrets, the ending blew me away. Just can't get much better than this. Many thanks to the author / Kensington Books-Lyrical Underground / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Alfreda-P1 More than 1 year ago
The Slowest Death written by Rick Reed is a nail biting thriller! You will find that Det. Jack Murphy and Det. Liddell (Bigfoot) Blanchard have a comedic relationship and great partnership. This book has lots of suspense with gore and surprises. You will be shocked at the ending! I have read all of Mr. Reed's books and they get better and better. Once you start reading, you will find it hard to put down.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
The Slowest Death by Rick Reed Jack Murphy # 5 New author to me – would definitely read more by this author Jack Murphy has a story that I had no inkling of before joining in on book six of his literary detective journey. I am curious about his past BUT did not need to know all of it as he tried to figure out who was killing people on his turf in graphically disturbing ways. Netsuke figures of monkeys in the iconic see/hear/speak no evil and then some small figures appear in the murders and all are stuffed down baddies throats after they have suffered at the hands of a righteously vengeful avenger of the death of someone oh so close to his soul. I won’t tell you more but will say that the revenge felt justified in some ways but also felt as if the perpetrator was somewhat unhings…again…justified? And, there was Jack and his life that I don’t know much about as well as his partner and others but all in all this was a great read that kept me interested from beginning to end. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books-Lyrical Press for the ARC this is my honest review. 4 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great I couldn't put it down