Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Perfect Scream by James Andrus

She's killing them for revenge, but then she finds she likes killing.  Especially hearing them scream...

Kensington Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It was published this month, so you will be able to find a copy at your local bookstore now.

Detective John Stallings has still not given up on searching for his daughter.  He never will.  But he has some current cases that need his attention now.  When one death leads to another and he finds they are all in the same fraternity, he begins to look for a common tie between them and a reason for why a serial killer is after them.  What really shocks him is to see a picture of his missing daughter with one of the frat members.  Soon, his detective work is divided between the current case and the cold case of his missing daughter.  His superiors can see this and try to discourage this.  Those working with him try to ignore it.  And Stallings is good enough at what he does, they still want him on the team.

This author does a good job of showing the cop's lives both on and off the job.  It's a hard and stressful job and takes its toll on marriages and family members.  Mr. Andrus' character seem real and none of them are perfect.

Why not spend a few hours in the cop shop and out on the street working this case with the detectives?  It's a cold story; the frat boys are guilty.  But do they deserve to have one person playing judge and jury with them?  You decide.

Happy reading.    

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