No, please don't. ,br>Three little words, innocuous in their definitions. No great allegories, no ethical dilemmas. No, please don't. ,br>The words echoed through his brain as he sawed, their rhythm spurring his own. When a local girl falls prey to a sadistic serial killer, Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson finds herself pursuing ...
No, please don't. ,br>Three little words, innocuous in their definitions. No great allegories, no ethical dilemmas. No, please don't. ,br>The words echoed through his brain as he sawed, their rhythm spurring his own. When a local girl falls prey to a sadistic serial killer, Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson finds herself pursuing the vicious murderer. The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving a gruesome memento at each crime scene - the prior victim's severed hand. Ambitious TV reporter Whitney Connolly is certain the Southern Strangler is her ticket out of Nashville; she's got a scoop that could break the case, but has no idea how close to this story she really is. As the killer spirals out of control, everyone involved must face a horrible truth: that the purest evil is born of secrets and lies. "A taut, striking debut. Mystery fiction has a new name to watch. " John Connolly
Publishers Weekly, 2007-09-24 In this tame debut, the body of a young girl discovered by the side of a Nashville highway puts homicide detective Taylor Jackson and her lowdown boyfriend, FBI Agent John Baldwin, on the trail of the Southern Strangler, a playful, brutal killer who likes to carry his victims across state lines before murdering them and removing their hands. Before long, however, Taylor's reassigned to the suspicious death of a prominent TV personality, leaving John struggling to keep ahead of the Strangler's mounting body count. Meanwhile, Taylor is still recovering from a near-fatal neck injury earned in her last case and worrying over her own demons-not the least of which is John's threat to marry her. The real victim is Ellison's plot, strangled by slow pacing, egregious subplots (a serial rapist, a crooked officer, a pregnancy scare) and a cliched cast of characters: the shady Southern belle, the veteran detective pushed over the edge, the evil genius who stays a step ahead of everyone-even the appealing Taylor strikes a numbingly familiar tough-yet-vulnerable pose. Though a climactic showdown injects some much-needed excitement, readers may have a hard time getting there. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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