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The Red Scream
The Red Scream
Author: Mary Willis Walker
1995 winner of the Edgar Award for best mystery novel. — In her first book, crime reporter Molly Cates has chronicled the exploits of Louie Bronk, a brutal serial killer scheduled for execution. With his execution just a few days away, Molly decides to write the closing chapter on her disturbing relationship with the man known as the Texas Scalpe...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385468589
ISBN-10: 038546858X
Publication Date: 7/1/1994
Pages: 324
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Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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I read Mary Willis Walker first book "Zero to the Bone" several weeks ago and was hooked on her. This Book introduces Molly Cates, a true crime author along with her daughter and ex husband policeman. Molly is convinced that the subject of her last book about a serial killers who writes poetry is innocent of the crime of which he is convicted. I like her books because it is almost impossible to figure out the guilty person, she also has a good personal story line for her characters. If you love mysteries, ck this author out.
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WOW! A great book and hard to put down.
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Molly Cates, a crime writer in Austin, Tex., is planning to cover the execution of doggerel-writing serial murderer Louie Bronk, whose five-year killing spree is the subject of Molly's recently published book. But Charlie McFarland, whose wealthy wife, Tiny, was Louie's last victim and who has since remarried, wants the past left buried, suggesting fresh publicity will threaten the stability of his grown daughter, who was 11 at the time of her mother's murder.
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Great reading .... strong characters ... nicely developed will keep you guessing 'til the very end.

One of the creepiest killers since Hannibal Lector ...
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Texas-based crime reporter Molly Cates has just published her first book, describing the blood-curdling exploits of serial killer Louie Bronk. Now on death row, Louie's sentence is about to be carried out and Molly will be present as a witness. She wants to write about it - the final coda to Louie's story.

But suddenly, she's being strongly discouraged by her boss at The Lone Star Monthly and by a multi-millionaire real estate developer to not continue with her writing. Charlie McFarland - the multi-millionaire real estate developer - lost his first wife, Tiny, to Louie's horrendous murder spree. She was Louie's most famous victim and the only one whose murder is a capital offense.

Then Molly starts to receive dark hints that Louie may not have killed Tiny at all. There is another murder following Louie's M. O. - one that he couldn't have committed. The veracity of Molly's book is questioned and then her very life is threatened. Caught between a rock and a hard place, Molly realizes that by attempting to save Louie she is putting her own life on the line, and discrediting her own work.

Honestly, I wasn't expecting this book to be as good as it actually was. I found the characters to be extremely likable; the book was well-written and ultimately the mystery was engaging enough to keep me guessing until the very end. I give this book an A+! and I plan to find some other books by Mary Willis Walker to read in the future.

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