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Turning Point Kindle Edition
International bestselling author Jeffery Deaver delivers surprise after alarming surprise in an ingenious story about a serial killer, a detective, and a twisting duel of wits.
A serial killer is trolling a midwestern suburb. His tools: a hammer, a screwdriver, floral wire, a kitchen knife and, to complete his errand, a Russian nesting doll left behind as a calling card. From one grisly crime scene to the next, Detective Ernest Neville and his Russian Doll Killer task force follow. With few leads and his career on the line, Neville is driven to desperate measures to get to the core of this diabolical puzzle. Layer by layer, he’s getting closer to the final piece. Yet the only thing that’s certain in this game is the unexpected, and as citizens are targeted by one of the most reprehensible characters the idyllic town has ever seen, Neville can only wonder if his efforts will end in disaster—for himself, for his family and for the people he’s sworn to protect.
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- ASIN : B08P4QLPVC
- Publisher : Amazon Original Stories (19 January 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 11272 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 63 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 17,986 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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“The month was November and at this latitude in this midwestern clime the evening was chill, so the cap was not suspicious, nor the gloves, though they were thin cloth; leather would have been warmer, but would interfere with his dexterity.”
This is a short story, so Deaver takes us straight into it. Michael Stendhal is in the back of an old-fashioned taxi rather than use his own car or even an Uber. Not “for something like this”, we’re told. “He was presently unemployed but that didn’t mean he didn’t work.”
He’s a pretty unpleasant guy who revels in insulting everyone – taxi drivers, mums with kids, a homeless man, and a guy who stops to interview him near a crime scene. That’s an interesting exchange!
There has been a serial killer in the area, the police seem to be stumped, and the mayor is nervous because she’s up for re-election and ‘her’ police had better catch this guy quickly. He’s known as RDK, the Russian Doll Killer, because he leaves a Russian nesting doll at each crime scene.
My Goodreads review includes a picture of Russian nesting dolls.
“. . . the delicate and colorful Russian nesting doll, whose face was not unlike Michael’s at the moment: placid and content and more than a little mysterious.”
A fancy police psychologist flies in, has a look, flies back, writes a report and says the dolls mean the guy had an unhappy childhood.
I never read any of French author Stendhal’s works (pen name), but Michael’s name intrigued me, so of course I had to look it up. Here’s what the Goodreads bio says:
“Known for his acute analysis of his characters' psychology,. . . “
Interesting, because we find ourselves immersed in Michael’s thought patterns, and I suspect the name was chosen with care. He goes on creepy dates and tries to play nice and polite at first. But it’s not long before . . .
I’ll leave you to find the story and see how the investigation pans out, which is not how you'd think.
Thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Originals for the preview copy. I haven’t read Jeffrey Deaver before, but I may have to correct that.
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When you want to stop reading a short tale halfway through you know it's not up to par. With so few pages this should of built up and up in tension, twists and terrible murders. Nope. Flat as a pancake. This is a very weak delivery that could of and should have had me riveted . To give a very rare one star in my book reviews means that read was poor on every level. Extremely disappointed with this forgettable story.