I was drawn to this book because the setting is my hometown, however, I was skeptical since the author is not familiar to me. This turned out to be a very clever mystery with rich characters. I really liked this pair of detectives, quite humorous in some dark moments. The story keeps you guessing and is very well woven. I did enjoy the references and settings of places I have known all my life, but I would have thoroughly enjoyed this book anyway-that was just a bonus for me.
THIS WAS A GREAT FIRST FOR THIS AUTHOR. HE MISSPELLS SEVERAL TIMES THROUGHOUT SHOWING HIS NEW TALENT, BUT KEEPS YOU ON THE EDGE W/ TWIST AND TURNS THAT COME UNEXPECTEDLY. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT ELSE HE WILL DO! KERLEY WRITES OF A DETECTIVE OUT OF MOBILE ALABAMA THAT FACES 'DEMONS' FROM HIS PAST TO CATCH A SERIAL KILLER AT LARGE! TAKES A BIT LONG TO READ, BUT WELL WORTH IT IN THE END.
I didn't know if I'd finish this or not but I stuck with it--good thing--this is the introduction of Det. Carson Ryder (formerly Ridgecliff which not many know), and gives you his background on how he became a cop, etc.
Although it seems to drag in the first half of the book it does take a turn then throws you off guard and then it becomes more interesting and hard to put down.
I must admit that I enjoyed _The Death Collectors_ more than this book. He didn't give away the killer's identity in the second book, but the element of any real danger was taken away since the major characters all appeared in _The Death Collectors_. It was still a good mystery, and a joy to read, even if it wasn't as tense as _The Death Collectors_.
Very good writing for a first time author. Strange but spell-binding story...a little on the supernatural side but appropriate to the story. Would recommend keeping the lights on if reading at night. ;o)
First book in the Carson Ryder/Harry Nautilus series. One of the better entries in the psychotic-serial-killer genre. Kerley actually spends more time on character development than the slice-and-dice which makes for an extremely well-written suspense novel.
This is a first novel for author Jack Kerley. Very good read, lots of forensic and psychological detail. From the back cover, " Bizarre messages found carved into the flesh of two corpses in Mobile, Alabama, have launched a special unit devoted to solving psychotic crimes. They're also launching Detective Carson Ryder into a nightmare.".