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Cause to Kill (An Avery Black Mystery—Book 1) Kindle Edition
--Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Once Gone)
From #1 bestselling mystery author Blake Pierce comes a new masterpiece of psychological suspense.
Homicide Detective Avery Black has been through hell. Once a top criminal defense attorney, she fell from grace when she managed to get a brilliant Harvard professor off—only to watch him kill again. She lost her husband and her daughter, and her life fell apart around her.
Trying to redeem herself, Avery has turned to the other side of the law. Working her way up the ranks, she has reached Homicide Detective, to the scorn of her fellow officers, who still remember what she did, and who will always hate her.
Yet even they cannot deny Avery’s brilliant mind, and when a disturbing serial killer strikes fear into the heart of Boston, killing girls from elite colleges, it is Avery that they turn to. It is Avery’s chance to prove herself, to finally find the redemption she craves. And yet, as she is soon to find out, Avery has come up against a killer as brilliant and daring as she.
In this game of psychological cat and mouse, women are dying with mysterious clues, and the stakes could not be higher. A frantic race against time leads Avery through a series of shocking and unexpected twists—culminating in climax that even Avery could not imagine.
A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, CAUSE TO KILL marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.
Book #2--CAUSE TO RUN--is also available!
“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery. Pierce did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side, so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)
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cant write fast enough for me. I am even reading all his series for a second time.
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Main protagonist Avery Black is a cop by default in as much as she was a highly successful lawyer until she won a criminal case that freed the defendant who went on to commit another murder. She is a misfit and she is spurned by her new police colleagues – both superiors and would-be partners. She can be charming and she displays brilliance, but she is more likely to be aggressive, and she repeatedly acts as a loner and ignores protocols. Her relationships are bizarre but without logic she is credited with unearthing clues – not least from meetings with the murderer in jail from her fall from grace as a lawyer. I know it’s fiction – but I found this unbelievable.
The story of ‘Cause to Kill’ is packed with leads that go nowhere, it has numerous dead-ends, it has a variety of twists and turns and red-herrings – but the situations are too surreal – culminating in an unsatisfactory conclusion. Sorry – for me only a 2-star rating.
Ashamed and after her humiliating downfall and divorce from her husband and estrangement from her daughter Rose, Avery decides to enlist in the police academy and try to right the wrongs of her past. In this book she's up against a serial killer who's killing and exsanguinating sorority girls and using taxidermy and finally posing them in certain areas of Boston to be found, the bodies are almost lifelike till you look into their vacant eyes and feel the coldness of these once pretty young girls.
Shunned by her colleagues and the press too Avery has to try and solve these heinous murders while trying to keep her status as a newly promoted lead homicide detective. Watch her weave her way through this case while she has to try and earn her stripes and work as a partner and as part of a team despite being a bit of a maverick loner. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who likes the thriller genre.
I enjoyed this story not quite 5 stars, but close, maybe future books will get there.
A new author for me, not for long I will definitely be adding the rest of this series and maybe some of the other series they have written.
Thanks to the Sensational book club on Facebook for drawing my attention to this book.
I have read a number of books written by this author and I have continued to be impressed by his writing, his knowledge of criminals, crime scenes and law enforcement.
Protagonist Avery Black is a disgraced lawyer who decided to enter the police force to make amends for a fatal error of judgement she made.
At the height of her success she defended a man accused of being a serial killer; got him off and on his release went and committed another murder in Avery’s name. Stating he did it to ‘save her’. The fallout was devastating and Avery lost everything. She vowed to make amends and joins the force and is quickly promoted to detective. Her colleagues do not like her because of her past however she has to win them over when she is put in charge of a murder case. It soon becomes evident that there is a serial killer on the loose and Avery has a find the killer soon before another victim is taken.
Blake Pierce’s writing is brilliant. His novels and not ‘padded out’ to lengthen the story. He has a talent of making the characters believable and bringing them to life on the page.
Definitely worthy of 5*
The other characters' attitude to her seemed a little off though. Would she really be so universally hated just for successfuly defending a serial killer in court? Surely people wouldn't expect a successful lawyer to only defend nice people? I could understand if she'd done something underhand or corrupt in the course of the trial, but there was no mention of that. Anyway she handled herself well during the events of this book and I found myself rooting for her.
The only real criticisms I would make are:
- when the cops finally found the connection between all the murder victims, it didn't take them long to track down the killer. My question is why did it take them so long to find the connection? The Hannibal Lecter guy Avery goes to see in prison has to point her towards it, and not because he has some insider info on the killer, but because he figured it out from reading the newspaper. Couldn't she do that herself?
- the killer wasn't really developed. He/she had an interesting and fairly unique theme but we never found out how he/she came to embrace it or why he/she decided to start killing.
Good overall though, definitely recommended.