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Black Lightning
Black Lightning
Author: John Saul
"HIS MOST EFFECTIVE THRILLER TO DATE. . . [A] COMPELLING READ." — --The Seattle Times — For five years Seattle journalist Anne Jeffers has pursued the horrifying story of a sadistic serial killer's bloody reign, capture, trial, and appeal--crusading to keep the wheels of justice churning toward the electric chair. Now the day of execution has come...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780449225042
ISBN-10: 0449225046
Publication Date: 6/1/1996
Pages: 448
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 153 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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cozynblue avatar reviewed Black Lightning on + 36 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
"All the right scares in all the right places. Tension and terror....A suspense-filled and logical tale."
reviewed Black Lightning on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
If the killer has been executed, why are the murders continuing? The journalist who attended the execution can't forget his words to her. Why did he believe it wouldn't end with his death? Because the murders have begun again. Scary stuff!
Rev avatar reviewed Black Lightning on + 95 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
A bit hokey, as far as these kinds of books go. This is the first John Saul book I've read, and while it was a quick and enjoyable read, I really hope this isn't the best he's got. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a hokey horror story as much as anyone, and I don't mind the plot device being a little far-fetched, hard-to-believe, and never fully explained. But when the other characters in the book figure out the mystery that is so out there that the reader himself (that's me) doesn't buy it, that kind of ruins it a bit for me. Again, not bad, just a bit hokey. I think Dean R. Koontz did a better job with Hideaway. Did I mention that I thought it was a bit hokey? That's right. Hokey.
reviewed Black Lightning on + 46 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Fast pacing and skillful narrative misdirection make this supernatural thriller one of Saul's (The Homing) best?and one of his few not to focus on children in peril. Richard Kraven, the novel's heavy, is as nasty as they come: he eviscerates his victims before they die, in the misguided hope of learning the mystery of life. He also seems to be extending his murder spree after his execution in the electric chair. At least that's what reporter Anne Jeffers tries to prove to the incredulous Seattle police as the killings strike ever closer to her home and family, apparently in retaliation for her help in putting Kraven behind bars. Saul ratchets up the suspense by intercutting chapters told from the points of view of Anne, detective Mark Blakemoor and a serial murderer who thinks of himself as "The Experimenter." He complicates matters by introducing another murderer and by raising suspicions about Anne's husband, Glen, who suffered a heart attack at the moment Kraven died and now experiences blackouts that coincide with the killings. Saul depends on remarkably unobservant cops and a contrived occult explanation to tie all the subplots together, but he sustains the mystery of the killer's identity and motives throughout.
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Helpful Score: 1
I adore John Saul and all of his work, but this book was below par. A bit too cheesy and unrealistic for my tastes.
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reviewed Black Lightning on + 50 more book reviews
Journalist Anne Jeffers has followed the story of a sadistic serial killer for five years, and is present when the killer is executed, but in days a similar murder takes place. Could a copycat know the gruesome details of that were never made public or did they execute the wrong man????
Keeps you on your toes
Lelopit avatar reviewed Black Lightning on + 273 more book reviews
Excellent serial killer book,great twist!
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John Saul is an excellent thriller author and will have you at the beginning - he kinda writes like Stephen King (a little easier to follow) and Dean Koontz - happy to share with all


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