Informant Hardcover – Aug 22 1996
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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!
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.......
Most recent customer reviews
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