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Informant [Hardcover]

James Grippando
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Aug. 22 1996
Reporter Michael Posten begins to receive phone calls from an anonymous stranger with an uncanny ability to predict the moves of a serial killer and joins forces with FBI agent Maria Del Ray to find the murderer before it is too late. 60,000 first printing. $60,000 ad/promo.

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If you thought The Silence of the Lambs was the last word on how the FBI tracks serial killers, think again. Grippando -- the Miami lawyer who scored with The Pardon -- manages to reveal even more inside information as agent Victoria Santos goes after a particularly nasty murderer/mutilator. Helping in the chase is reporter Mike Posten, getting repeated tips from somebody who reveals the kind of details only the actual killer could know. There's also an exciting, ultra-violent conclusion on a cruise ship just begging for Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.

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The title character of attorney Grippando's second thriller (after The Pardon) is the anonymous man who contacts Miami Tribune reporter Mike Posten and claims that he can predict the next victim of a serial killer who has eluded the FBI's Child Abduction and Serial Killer Unit. The informant wants to be paid in cash for what he says he knows. After a brief debate, Posten and his paper pony up for a series of exclusives. Posten also talks to the FBI, in the form of agent Victoria Santos, who is alone in believing that the informant and the killer are different people. It's an unusually cerebral and low-key beginning to a serial-killer thriller, emphasizing procedure, forensics and professional ethics rather than shock or even suspense; the killings that occur during this set-up take place off page. Soon enough, however, the informer/killer question is resolved and Grippando moves his story into more familiar territory, telling an absorbing tale with cool competence. The murders are given a plausible motive and the climax, which takes place on a hijacked cruise ship, surges with tension; even Posten's marital problems are tied neatly to the plot line. Former FBI agent and veteran serial-killer-stalker John Douglas (Mind Hunter) has blurbed this novel as authentic and "thoroughly convincing"; true?and it's a nail-biter to boot. $60,000 ad/promo; simultaneous HarperAudio release.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the rest Nov. 8 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have found Mr. Grippando's books to rate among the finest of legal/mystery/serial killer writers. He writes with a down to earth understanding of peoples feelings and ways that makes his books very easy to absorb. His research for this one must have been a job as his villian rated up there with Ted Bundy and the rest of that type. I will continue to read all his books and truly believe I will ever receive a disapointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE DONT MISS THIS BOOK! May 13 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
James Grippando joins the elite class of writers!...
I got this book from my library in the evening. I had a morning shift the next day.
well i started reading this book at around 11:00 p.m. and believe you me that this book is so good, so gripping that i forgot everything around me.
I finished reading the book early morning and directly got ready for my morning shift.
I did not sleep a wink.....
So please book lovers go ahead and read all books by Grippando because this guy never lets you down.
Spine chilling thrillers are his forte and none does it better than him.......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Grippando Winner Jan. 23 2003
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The Informant, the third James Grippando book that I have read, is a high-class thriller. After reading The Pardon, and Beyond Suspicion (both recommended) I wasn't sure what I'd think of a non-Jack Swyteck Grippando novel. I was pleasantly surprised.
In The Informant Mr. Grippando has woven together an interesting story about three different people. Victoria Santos is a FBI agent tracking a serial killer, Mike Poston is a top notch reporter at a Miami newspaper, and the informant is a mysterious person with an uncanny ability to predict where the killer will strike next. I love the characters that Grippando creates. There always seems to one that has a past that works its way into the plot by stories end. This book is no exception. Although I did figure out the "twist" early in the story, it still was well crafted.
The story is fast paced, intriguing, and at times gruesome. The final 100 pages were non-stop action. It's a fun read that will keep you up all hours of the night. I recommend The Informant!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad Dec 22 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
But the isues raised have been better addressed, see "In the Heat of the Summer",. An interesting villain but nothing earth shaking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! Dec 11 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the second book I have read featuring Victoria Santos after I read UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS (also featuring Victoria Santos - cameo appearance only). The author himself said these are the only books featuring Victoria Santos. Read THE INFORMANT first then UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS after that. I like THE INFORMANT a lot better because of more action (thriller). I will look forward to reading another one of Grippando's books. I probably will read author's first book, THE PARDON, next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My first book by James Grippando.... Sept. 23 2002
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and it was a winner!
Grippando has given an intricate portrait of the tracking of a serial killer, and increased the believability by having the two main characters, FBI Agent Victoria Santos and reporter Mike Posten, work together in a credible way, and without the seemingly obligatory affair or companion story about them falling in love.
The identity of The Informant is a little too easy to guess, and a little farfetched, but other than that, the book succeeds on many levels. It's action-packed, with interesting characterization, and compels the reader to finish the tale as fast as possible. Grippando keeps the plot twists somewhat bizarre, so its difficult to know which way the story is going next....all of which adds up to a very satisfying read!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Annoyed in Philadelphia July 28 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Get this guy a thesaurus. Everybody is smirking. Can't they grin, smile, leer, grimace, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "THE INFORMANT" IS EXCELLENT!!! June 30 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a great mystery. People are being killed all across the country by the same person. How are they connected? Some are men, some women, older couples and young people. They has to be a common thread somewhere that is putting them together. Mike Posten is receiving calls that tell him who and where the next victim is going to be before the bodies are found. Is this the killer or an informant? Victoria Santos leds a group of FBI agents in trying to find and stop the killing. The book takes many twist and turns, it ties people to the killer in ways you can not think of. It will hold your attenion. You may not sleep to secure for a night or two but it is a good book.
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