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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.
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.
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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... Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003 by David A. Spearman
But the isues raised have been better addressed, see "In the Heat of the Summer",. An interesting villain but nothing earth shaking.Published on Dec 22 2002 by John Bowes
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). Read morePublished on Dec 11 2002 by M. Steffen
Get this guy a thesaurus. Everybody is smirking. Can't they grin, smile, leer, grimace, etc.Published on July 28 2002
Interesting book that holds your attention much more than the other Grippando book - Interesting plot twist that was somewhat easy to spot about halfway through but doesn't... Read morePublished on Dec 27 2001 by Scott A. Gill
This is the second book that I have read by James Grippando and it is excellent. It had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on July 17 2001 by Susan Pappas