Catherine Hobbes, a Portland homicide detective meets the infamous Joe Pitt, a retired cop cum private detective, while they both search for a killer. Joe is a nice guy, but its obvious Catherine has a chip on her shoulder and playing well with others isnt her strong suit. It isnt long, however, before they realize Tanya, is responsible for the murder that connected them, as well as several others. The reader meets Tanya early on and you cant help but feel sorry for her as youre introduced to her childhood, which makes her what she is today. Each kill moves her farther down the slope of mental illness, but its amazing how she manages to lead a normal life, and still learn and grow in her ability to elude law enforcement and Catherine at every turn.
I enjoyed this book as the characters were well developed, the plot moved quickly, and its unusual to read about a female serial killer.
Nightlife was the 1st book of Perry's that I read. I totally completely got wrapped up into it from the 1st page. Perry keeps the story moving, and develops characters very nicely. He has this knack of getting you into the head of more than one character at a time, a skill that John Sandford is really good at, as well. This tends to really keep you involved in the story, and at the same time, you're never quite sure which side you're on. Another Perry trademark - is the ending really the end? What just happened? With this technique, Perry is very good at keeping you thinking about what you just read, long after you've finished it. Perry is special. I ended up liking Nightlife so much, I have gone back and I'm in the process of reading every thing he's written. His Jane Whitefield series are especially good.
Nightlife, and more Perry books, come highly recommended, do enjoy!
This is well written, it's well thought out and compelling reading. The New York Daily News said "Superbly suspenseful... Instilling dread may be cruel work, but Perry is the man for the job." The story line is simple .. when the cousin of an LA underworld figure is found dead in his home in Portland, Oregon, homicide detective Catherine Hobbes is assigned the case. But the investigtion becomes complicated when that underworld figure hires his own private detective Joe Pitt to solve the murder. As Joe and Catherine form an uneasy alliance, the murder count rises. Following the evidence, Catherine finds herself in a deadly contest with a cunning female adversary capable of changing her appearance and identity at will. Catheirne must use everything she knows, as a detective and a woman, to stop a murderer who kills on impulse and with ease, and who becomes more efficient and elusive with each crime.