"A master of nail-biting suspense" ("Los Angeles Times"), Thomas Perry delivers a brilliant thriller in which two expert killers square off. Roy Prescott is an unorthodox expert in the narrow specialty of hunting down murderers through methods that police can't use--resulting in a death match with an opponent who knows that only one of them will ...
"A master of nail-biting suspense" ("Los Angeles Times"), Thomas Perry delivers a brilliant thriller in which two expert killers square off. Roy Prescott is an unorthodox expert in the narrow specialty of hunting down murderers through methods that police can't use--resulting in a death match with an opponent who knows that only one of them will be alive at the end.
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I was pleasantly surprised to find a different treatment of a murder mystery about a typical "outside the system loner" coming in to solve a case the police can't. Having the main character and his foe very much alike in personality and character, yet on opposite sides of the fence was intriguing. This book takes a little while to get started, but it's really worth sticking it out. Once I was hooked, I couldn't wait to see how the give and take would play out. The plot twists were interesting and unpredictable. This was my first Perry novel and I definitely will be trying another in the future.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-12-03 The massacre of 13 people in a Louisville restaurant opens Perry's latest psychological thriller (after Death Benefits). Criminologist Daniel Millikan determines that this was no random occurrence, but an assassination carried out by a ruthless, methodical predator but who was the target? The killer, James Varney, is a cold-blooded psychopath who claimed his first victim his aunt at the age of 11; a loner, he later turned to robbery and murder for hire. Against his better judgment, Millikan supplies the father of one of the victims with the name of someone who might be able to help: shady operator Roy Prescott. Prescott's past is dark enough to enable him to get inside the mind of the killer and, with Millikan's help, he sets in motion an elaborate cat-and-mouse game that moves from city to city, with each man trying to anticipate the other's every move as the body count continues to rise. The traps Prescott devises to catch his prey and the ways in which Varney eludes them are fascinating, albeit a bit far-fetched, and Perry supplies just enough background to give the two leads depth with a minimum of psychobabble. The female characters, while essential to the plot, are thinly drawn by comparison, and the book loses momentum about halfway through, when Varney goes into hiding and Prescott tries to determine who hired him to commit the initial murders but Perry definitely comes through in the end, expertly tying the threads together. Agent, Lescher and Lescher. 6-city author tour. (Dec. 18) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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