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The Crosskiller [Hardcover]

Marcel Montecino
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Nov. 10 1988
This is a novel of corruption, madness and love set in the violent world of Los Angeles. Detective Jack Gold is on the trail of a racist serial murderer who is terrorizing the city. He is, himself, dogged by troubles including an ex-wife who hates him and the death of his drug-addicted lover. The author lives in Los Angeles and this is his first novel.

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An unhealthy layer of smog hanging ominously over the streets of Los Angeles neatly sets the mood for this dark, gritty thriller. To punish police Lt. Jack Gold for a bust gone wrong, his superior pulls him off the homicide squad and reassigns the veteran officer to a low-profile task force looking into a rash of racist graffiti. Shifting a cigar from one corner of his foul mouth to the other, Gold takes to his new duties reluctantly until the street artist turns psychopathic killer. The sudden splashes of violence tend to be overplayed in this first novel, and characters lean toward caricature. Gold himself is the familiar tough-talking maverick with a bad past and a future that's not much better. His life is empty, his job is going nowhere, and, while his soft-hearted daughter reveres him, her witless husband brings a load of trouble crashing down on them one and all with his white-collar Hollywood drug deals. Montecino is at his best in laying down a series of strong subplots that gradually converge, gathering momentum all the way to a grisly finale.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars best thriller Nov. 14 2003
Format:Hardcover
This is the best thriller I have ever read and I read quite a lot of them. I read it first in Italian translation and then in English, then I read it again in both versions many times. I read recently the tragic personal biography of the author and I was confirmed in my opinion that masterpieces of art are mainly made by troublesome persons. Best works I read, listened or saw were by suicidal persons. I can remember all works by Primo Levi (especially The drowned and the saved)or Stefan Zweig. In the thriller field James Ellroy and Dashiell Hammett. I don't know if they killed themselves but had many troubles. That gave them an uncommon depth and sensitivity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Book....Go Out and Get It Today! May 19 2000
By Christopher Berry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the second book that I have read from Montecino...this was his first book that he ever wrote apparently...and it was excellent! The characters were well done...I felt so bad for one particular character...Esther....she goes through so much...the only fault that I found was that I wish that the author would have focused a bit more on the relationship between Esther and Clarke Johnson....otherwise the book was great! Heartstopping...kept me guessing what was going to happen next....and in some parts it definately throws you for a few spins! I am going to read "Big Time" now...which is also by Montecino...... Happy Reading to all!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful stuff March 29 2000
By Erin McInerney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Never have I read a book where the multiple plots and characters tie together and link so successfully without being disjointed and hard to comprehend. It was a hard book to read in that it was finely printed and so laden with characters that all link to the protagonist Jack Gold. Despite this, it was so harrowing and full of unmitigated violence and suspense that it was hard to put down! I suggest you start reading it in the morning to avoid the late night, straining over the fluroescent lights, want to put it down but can't because I have to know what's going to happen scenario. Some pretty graphic imagery in there too- not for the tender hearted or hypersensitive types. Pretty good for a first novel too- perhaps Montecino has tried a little TOO hard to include every possible element of a murder novel, making it very intense- still excellent though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Crosskiller"--good first work Jan. 16 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Montecino has two things going for him. He's got a good ear, which is only fitting since he's also a musician. He's also got a talent for writing good action, sometimes even with a touch of humerousness thrown in. "Crosskiller" takes us to muggy, smoggy, gritty L.A. and the reign of terror imposed by a serial-cum-spree-killer with a particular grudge against anyone not of his race or religion. Step by step the protaganist, alcoholic police detective Jack Gold, comes closer and closer to the killer, who also just happens to be killing progressively more people. A good book, yes, but it has a few shortcomings, of which I will be happy to point out a few. First, we might have some sympathy for the lead character, but his refusal to change at all through the book (even to become worse) leads the reader a little cold. Second, readers are sufficiently sophisticated to understand that the plot wraps the main characters up too tightly. Not to give the finale away, but Jack has had, um, tangential dealings with the husband of the damsel in distress. We know that the odds of that are about 1 in 8 million, as is the coincidence of Jack's newspaper deliverer being...but I'm giving away too much. Let's just say that the book, although flawed, is well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best thriller Nov. 14 2003
By mark twain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the best thriller I have ever read and I read quite a lot of them. I read it first in Italian translation and then in English, then I read it again in both versions many times. I read recently the tragic personal biography of the author and I was confirmed in my opinion that masterpieces of art are mainly made by troublesome persons. Best works I read, listened or saw were by suicidal persons. I can remember all works by Primo Levi (especially The drowned and the saved)or Stefan Zweig. In the thriller field James Ellroy and Dashiell Hammett. I don't know if they killed themselves but had many troubles. That gave them an uncommon depth and sensitivity.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Readable Book May 21 2013
By PersonFromPorlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
...with one very noticeable oddity: all of the admirable characters (and many of the despicable ones) are minorities of one sort or another, and well-realized, but *all* of the non-Jewish white characters are cartoon bigots. Stephen King wrote a glowing blurb for the book, which maybe tells us something about him.

But ignore the author's simplistic view of mainstream whites for the minor irritant it is and the book moves well.
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