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White Angel Murder - A Thriller (Jon Stanton Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Victor Methos
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The blockbuster that began the Jon Stanton series:

Amazon Kindle Top 100 for over eight weeks
#1 Police Procedural in the UK and US
#1 Hard-Boiled Mystery in the UK and US
#1 Mystery in the UK and US for eight weeks
#1 Thriller in the UK for over six weeks

THE MOST VICIOUS MURDER IN A CITY'S HISTORY . . .

A killer stalks the city of San Diego, brutally slaying women on the fringes of society. The body of a young woman torn apart in her bedroom makes even the hardened detectives of the San Diego PD's Homicide Unit tremble with disgust and rage.


A DETECTIVE WITH A TROUBLED PAST . . .

For SDPD homicide detective Jon Stanton, the young woman is more than just another case. His former partner, Eli Sherman, was the original detective assigned to the case; before he was discovered to be one of San Diego's most ruthless serial killers.

A FINAL CHANCE AT REDEMPTION . . .

Stanton was unable to see Eli Sherman for what he was and blames himself for the murders he committed while on the force. Near death, Stanton swears that he will never wear the badge again. But with a depraved killer eluding the best San Diego PD has to offer, he must once again fight to uncover a killer that leaves no evidence behind, and that has turned his attention to new prey . . .

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Victor Methos holds degrees in philosophy and ethics and a doctorate in law from the University of Utah. He is a former prosecutor specializing in the prosecution of violent crimes, and is currently a criminal defense attorney in the United States. He has defended everyone from murderers and the mafia, to the homeless and disabled. He is currently on a quest to climb the "Seven Summits," the seven highest peaks on earth.

THE WHITE ANGEL MURDER, his third novel, is loosely based on actual cases and is followed by WALK IN DARKNESS, SIN CITY HOMICIDE and ARSONIST.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1089 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00538Y1L8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a great read May 28 2013
By Sandy TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is a police procedural that is a cut above most.We are introduced to Jon Stanton, a police detective with a PhD in psychology, who comes out of retirement to take on a cold case concerning the brutal rape & murder of a young woman. He left the force because of cases like this. The last one almost killed him, literally, resulting in the conviction of his former partner. But he's at loose ends these days. His divorce is almost final & he's full of regret at losing his soon to be remarried ex-wife & settling for every second weekend to see his sons.
Jon is a complex character. He has a deep seated sense of right & wrong & feels a responsibility to the dead. He's increasingly disillusioned by the corruption around him in the department. It's a good thing he has mad skills as a detective or he may not survive some of his co-workers, never mind the "bad guys" out there.
The plot twists & turns as the cold case team race to find the monster before he strikes again. Jon has to deal with office politics, missing his family & the reappearance of the partner who almost killed him. It's difficult to know who actually has his back & there are red herrings galore.
You'll want to read this in one go & that's mostly due to Jon. He's a strong, smart & sympathetic yet fallible guy and you care about what happens to him. Yes, there are car chases, shoot outs & gory murder scenes but it's the psychological mind games that keep the tension high & the reader glued to the pages. I'll definitely pick up the next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars dark, disturbing and a darned good read Dec 7 2011
By Mrs. D. L. Powell - Published on Amazon.com
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A gritty, pull no punches suspense with both serial murders and police corruption. The main character really does have his back against the wall but comes out of it with integrity and closure - of sorts. The support cast could have had more of a showing, but in respects it makes sense they didn't. We really did need to follow the path of one guy who had to deal with so much: an ex partner who had tried to kill him, bosses who he could not trust, a cold case of epic proportions and a failed marriage he found it hard to give up on. I sense this may well lead to further novels starring Jon Stanton, and if there are further offerings, I will be more than interested in tagging along.

Recommended to those who like their suspense novels to show the darker side of human nature. It was well written and could easily become a film.
69 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's only 99 cents, but still... Dec 29 2011
By paulaspenn - Published on Amazon.com
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Because this book was only $.99, I decided to give it a try. Heck, I'd only be out a dollar if I didn't like it. And I didn't like it, due in large part to the numerous religious references which made the book seem less a thriller than a recruiting pamphlet for the Mormon church. I stopped reading after the narrative went off on yet another religious tangent. I wish there was a disclaimer to indicate novels that are religious in nature. The protagonist's religious beliefs didn't add anything to the character's development and were distracting.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner by V. Methos Aug. 4 2011
By Jade - Published on Amazon.com
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Well having read the Clone Hunter I thought I would give Mr. Methos's other books a try. I thoroughly enjoyed his characters and their development in the White Angel Murder. I believe Victor has developed a character worthy of perpetuating in more books (hopefully)!
I highly recommend this book to all those who enjoy Locke and Konrath e books.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The White Angel Murder Dec 30 2011
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Great writer. Finally a writer that doesn't add half a book of useless information about what they had for dinner, how they prepared it, what expensive whiskey they drink and who they slept with and how the sex was. This is a writer that sticks to the facts, adds a little bit of background about what is going on but gets to the point. The book is easy to follow and doesn't go off on subjects for two chapters about something totally unrelated to the story. I didn't mind the religious comments because it gives you the needed insight why he won't cover up crimes and sleep around. The religion does not get in the way of the plot.
I usually skip read most books because of the unnecessary fluff in them but this one I read all of and that is rare for me to do.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendental read Oct. 16 2011
By andystats - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was recommended due to my other purchases and it was quite different from his other books. I'm watching "Dexter" right now so I appreciated the serial killer angle and got carried away by the visual descriptions. -great for the Kindle and great for delving into *noir* fiction.
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