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The Surreal Killer (Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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This was a great follow up to 'The Ambivalent Corpse'. It stands alone very well, but does make references to the previous story so I would advise you read that one first. It was once again an unstoppable page turner. Present again were the dubious puns at the end of the chapters and the now familiar tourist guide approach. (Macchu Picchu is also going on my holiday list!) Alongside that was an utterly absorbing thriller. I was challenged by the author about half way through to guess who the killer was. I was sure I knew but thought it was too obvious and possibly a red herring. To me this is the mark of a good thriller, the author throwing bones and then taking you in an utterly different direction. Of course I was wrong and it was someone totally different! Well done Jerry for successfully keeping on my toes! I am eager to read book 4 now - keep them coming please!
The serial killer plot is believable and well crafted with an interesting twist. The author, instead of going for the gore and splash, is focused on the deductive process, a much more cerebral process. There is a great deal of fascinating detail about the culture and people of several South American countries and cities as well as truly vivid descriptions of the land and the Inca history and culture.
My biggest personal "like" about this book is the fact the author did not have the one female investigator do something careless/stupid and almost become a victim, only to be rescued at the last minute.
My one personal criticism is that the habit of a pun between the main characters before going to sleep seemed a little too much of a good thing ... by halfway through the book I was skipping them.
I loved Roger and Suzanne Bowman and appreciate the author's skill in writing a strong female character. Suzanne is a biochemist and uses her education and savvy to help her private detective husband solve a string of gruesome killings. The internal thoughts of the serial killer held me in suspense and anticipation.
Procedurally the book is brilliant. I'm aware international policy is different when it comes to investigations but Last has done his research and I am now a fan. I have not read the first or second book in the series so this can be read as a standalone novel. I'm anticipating the other books and then future reading in this exciting new mystery adventure.
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