Ladykiller Hardcover – Jan 1 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
An improbable plot and overheated prose ("The killer strode through the New York night, its brisk, crystal air vibrating with electric bloodlust") weigh down Light and Anthony's serial-killer cat-and-mouse tale, set in early 1990s New York City. After the murderer, dubbed the Ladykiller by the press, has claimed four victims (women of vastly different backgrounds shot through the right eye), the authorities create a special police task force. When the killer claims a fifth victim, Reuben Silver, a counselor at the West Side Crisis Center, Det. Dave Dillon investigates. At the crisis center, Dillon meets another counselor, Megan Morrison, who soon distracts him from his job even as the killings continue. The revelation of the killer's identity early on removes much of the suspense, while a last-minute twist is both unconvincing and difficult to reconcile with earlier parts of the book.
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Hard, fast, uncompromising - a truly exceptional crime novel.
Dark and richly-complex, Ladykiller is a gripping journey into the back alleys and perilous streets of New York City.
Ladykiller is a tension-filled story that moves as fast as lightning and is just as electrifying.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
There are formatting issues with the book that make it wonky to read, but if the author wanted to, it would take 30 seconds to fix. I'm not holding that against the author in this review because I'm sure that it will be fixed soon, but with those formatting issues, this book would be more like 3 stars.
By Lawrence Light and Meredith Anthony
Suspense/Thriller 240 pages
Ladykiller is the debut suspense novel by Lawrence Light and Meredith Anthony, the husband and wife writing team, and what a unique writing team. They have penned a novel that is a must for crime enthusiast.
The setting is the streets of New York, and the year is 1991. Four women have been murdered from all different walks of life, including a cheerleader, stockbroker, a housewife and a prostitute. Homicide detective Dave Dillion of the NYPD is on the case and must solve these murders or risk losing his job. Dave encounters a beautiful social worker by the name of Megan Morrison, the two join forces in search for the serial killer, and romance ensues.
The press is calling the serial killer "Ladykiller". The killer has left no clues and no trail behind to follow. The murders always take place in some out of the way place where no witnesses can be found. There are never any signs of the victim being taken against her will and no signs of a struggle with their attacker, and the murders all appear to be personal in nature. Will Dave find the killer before its too late?
Lawrence Light is an award-winning journalist and is currently the Wall Street Editor for Forbes magazine. He graduated from Columbia School of Journalism and is the author of the Karen Glick novels. He currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and co-author Meredith Anthony.
Meredith Anthony has written for a variety of sources including film, television, print and the web. She graduated from St. John's College and also received a MA from The Johns Hopkins University.
Ladykiller is an intriguing, compelling and suspenseful crime novel packed with enticing twists and turns to keep you on the edge. The authors have created a powerful thriller that tantalizes with a sense of suspense and a steady flow of action. The characters are believable, finely developed and engaging. Ladykiller is superbly crafted with vivid detail that draws you into the story.
An astounding 5 stars!
Silently deceptive, cool and calm, the Ladykiller is both cunning and efficient. There are no obvious clues, no clear patterns and no easy answers for Detective Dave Dillon. A haunting mistake from the past makes this his last chance for redemption. The son of an Irish cop, Dillon is stubborn, intuitive, and dead set on solving the case. The Ladykiller is just as determined, systematically eliminating those who deserve to die. Each victim is eradicated in the same brutal way. Lured to a deserted location, no witnesses and by the cover of darkness, the killing takes place. Another murder and yet another, public and internal pressure on the Ladykiller taskforce intensifies. Time is running out and the answers are elusive.
Over and over Det. Dillon reviews each case looking at the photos and the facts. What do they have in common? What is their final expression trying to say? Where is the link? The experienced officers are determined to unravel the facts. When new tidbits of information shed light upon past discoveries, things come together. The link perhaps, but how? Persistence and resolve will find the answers, or does it? A confession or a bid for notoriety, half truths or just more lies, where will it all lead?
The Ladykiller is ruthless and shrewd, deceiving everyone, but for how long? Will there be another murder or will the taskforce arrive in time? Matters of the heart make it complicated. When reason is left behind, desires, passions and reality become a lethal mix. Only a level head and a clear mind can discover hidden secrets. Who is really in danger, who is hiding the truth and who will snap first?
Armchair Interviews says: The Ladykiller is addictive, intense and not for the faint of heart!
This case is going to revive Dave's career as a detective or be the end of it. He has some dark problems haunting him from the past in relation to his career. Dave has to prove himself with this case because his Chief is just waiting for him to fail.
The trail leads to a Crisis Center where Dave meets Megan Morrison, a social worker. Megan is enlisted to assist Dave in interviewing the victim's friends and family. Dave and Megan start going through files at the Center and interviewing clients while Nita, Megan's supervisor, is being extremely unfriendly and downright hostile putting more roadblocks in the way of the investigation than is reasonable in Dave's opinion. Is it jealousy? Does she know something she's not telling? Is it because she believes that patient records should be kept private? Or maybe she is just territorial?
Light and Anthony have created a super-charged thriller that has many intricate twists and turns along the way. The identity of the serial killer was the first surprise of many that keep the pages turning to an ending that shocks the reader. The characters are complex and multifaceted giving real life to the story line.