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- ASIN : B07XVQ63XF
- Publisher : Tenth Street Press (28 November 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 654 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 462 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 315,504 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Trigger warning: there are very graphic scenes of violence and sexual assault so please be aware of this before reading.
An interesting fact about this book is that it was written by hand while the author was in prison serving for crimes described as "vigilante action."
This book is very well written with incredible attention to detail. While some of the content is hard to stomach, it's possible to push through the traumatic scenes because the author has weaved such an intricate story that drives the reader forward.
There are two killers on the prowl parallel to each other - Jason: killing as a form of vigilante justice, and Howard: the rapist who kills his victims.
Jason appears to act out on his impulses of ridding society of the poisonous criminals, abusers and scum. But he's also unstable and can simply kill someone that annoys him. His murder spree has police stumped because it's difficult to find a connection between his murders, they seem random and sudden until they finally start to see that the killer is killing undesirables.
Howard, a lowlife scumbag, kidnaps his victims and forces them to endure days of torturous assault before he ends their life, leaving a playing card as his calling card. The author steps up the horror by changing his target victims from women in their twenties to young girls. This was a particularly hard storyline to endure but it was designed to shock readers and was done so very well.
While gritty, gruesome crime thrillers are my go-to genre, the added violence against women and children served to just horrify me which I believe is the intention. Linnane managed to do this is a very sophisticated way which is a talent in itself.
It's fast-paced, gritty and gruesome. It's full of twists and turns and incredible suspense but I would recommend this for readers not triggered by gruesome violence or assault against women and children. Some scenes can be difficult to get through and I did need to take a break after particular scenes but I would absolutely recommend it to anyone that likes crime thrillers.
Jason is a serial killer.
First he kills disreputables: Jason feels the streets would be better off without them. In his unsuccessful, isolated, empty life, this gives him a sense of achievement. Then, responding to the ghosts of his own scarred past, he kills sexual predators and paedophiles. This is his most ‘committed’ activity, the one that gives him deepest relief and contentment.
Interlocking with Jason’s story is a second serial killer – this time one whom one is not invited to like: as dark a portrayal of a sadistic sexual murderer as I have ever read. The net tightening around these two killers – under the tired management of a dispirited cop – gives drive to the narrative. But the manifest vileness of this second killer also provides a counterpoint to Jason: one man kills for the excitement of possession, power, cruelty; the other kills as a vigilante, to protect the vulnerable, to make the world better.
If you read this book and accept the invitation to like Jason, think twice. I am reminded of Peter Sutcliffe, the UK’s notorious ‘Yorkshire Ripper’, who died on the day that I finished this book. Peter Sutcliffe, an apparently quiet and submissive man, murdered 13 women and maimed a further 7. He called himself 'The Streetcleaner' and claimed he was on God's mission to ‘cleanse’ the streets of prostitutes. Like Jason, he told himself that they ‘deserved it’. This scanty attempt at self justification did not stop him from killing other women also – prostitute or not, he clearly had a deep hatred of all women. Jason, similarly, has a deep hatred of men: we are given insights into an upbringing full of male abuse, and throughout the book, Jason’s only faint attachments – inept and fumbling even so – are to women. Pretty much all men are objects of hatred to him. The author dangles the option of allowing us to see Jason as a virtuous vigilante – some of his victims are certainly vile enough to offer satisfaction in their death. But the author does not let us off the hook with that. Jason also wants to kill any man who looks at him askance and he the author unflinchingly portrays him killing a man whose only crime was to shout crossly when Jason crosses a road without looking. He deserved it, Jason thinks. In Jason’s mind, all men seem to deserve it. And in his unsatisfactory life, killing gives him power, purpose, importance. The vigilante justifications, of both Jason and the Ripper, float rather lightly across a darker morass. Does gender make so much difference? Is Jason really any different from the Yorkshire Ripper?
And so I do think twice, but still, there is something in Jason that makes me forgive him. Of course, he is damaged, scarred. And aren’t we all? I’ve made it my business in life to forgive the unforgivable, to find the hurt within those who hurt others, so I forgive Jason. Perhaps I should worry more that I don’t forgive the Ripper.
This powerful novel deserves to be widely read - not just as a thriller, though it is, in a slow, chilling way, something of a thriller. It also deserves to be read as a study in male violence and in our own, irrational, malleable responses to the perpetrators of crime.
I've come back to buy the kindle so I'll be able to re-read at will.