and cops flip cynical barbs at one another throughout. The M.O. of the killer made for some interesting reading, and I appreciated that, while the killings were gruesome enough, the descriptions weren't as hideously bloody as, e.g. Dashiell Hammett could make them. The killer's motivation comes across the same way, sick but not that sick, with a little surprise twist in the epilogue that you can actually see coming a mile away. Nothing so nausea-inducing as Elizabeth George can come up with, certainly. I want to read more Parkers now.
Good. Short, but good. Dialogue is definitely the strong point, as the detectives