WOW! A great book and hard to put down.
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.
A writer in Austin Texas has chronicled the life of a convicted serial killer who requests her presence at his execution.
Great reading .... strong characters ... nicely developed plot...it will keep you guessing 'til the very end.
One of the creepiest killers since Hannibal Lector ...
Terrifying...The red Scream grabs you by the throat and never lets go...-Houston Chronicle
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.
This was a great read. I have read all of her books and found them to be excellent.
Unfortunately, she has not written a book in quite some time. I googled her name but could not find what happened to her.
I highly recommend any and all books that this author wrote!!!
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.
Tough, stubborn, and relentless as the oil drills that hammer her native Texas landscape, Molly Cates writes about death for "Lone Star Monthly". The subject of her first book was Louie Bronk, a.k.a. the Texas Scalper, a brutal serial killer scheduled for execution. In a macabre gesture, Bronk has invited Molly to his last day on earth along with several of his final victim's relatives. With the execution only days away, Cates figures to write the last chapter on her disturbing relationship with the most evil human being she has ever known. Little does she expect she will face pressure to back off the story rom the most unlikely sources: her boss at "Lone Star Monthly" and the husband of the woman whose murder got Bronk the death penalty. Then comes the poem from an anonymous letter writer whose lines contain a chilling message:
Now that Louie's doomed to die
I may give his craft a try
And when the first body turns up, Molly is forced to consider that Louie Bronk might be executed for the wrong reason--and that a second killer is on the loose.