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Source of Review
When a local girl falls prey to a sadistic serial killer, Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her lover, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, find themselves in a joint investigation pursuing a vicious murderer. The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving a gruesome memento at each crime scene the prior victim's severed hand. Ambitious TV reporter Whitney Connolly is certain the Southern Strangler is her ticket out of Nashville; she's got a scoop that could break the case. She has no idea how close to this story she really is or what it will cost her. As the killer spirals out of control, everyone involved must face a horrible truth that the purest evil is born of private lies.
About the Author
Bestselling author JT Ellison was a presidential appointee working in The White House and Department of Commerce before moving into the private sector. She has worked with the Metro Nashville Police Department, the FBI, and various other law enforcement organizations to research her books. From Publishers Weekly In this tame debut, the body of a young girl discovered by the side of a Nashville highway puts homicide detective Taylor Jackson and her lowdown boyfriend, FBI Agent John Baldwin, on the trail of the Southern Strangler, a playful, brutal killer who likes to carry his victims across state lines before murdering them and removing their hands. Before long, however, Taylor's reassigned to the suspicious death of a prominent TV personality, leaving John struggling to keep ahead of the Strangler's mounting body count. Meanwhile, Taylor is still recovering from a near-fatal neck injury earned in her last case and worrying over her own demons—not the least of which is John's threat to marry her. The real victim is Ellison's plot, strangled by slow pacing, egregious subplots (a serial rapist, a crooked officer, a pregnancy scare) and a clichéd cast of characters: the shady Southern belle, the veteran detective pushed over the edge, the evil genius who stays a step ahead of everyone—even the appealing Taylor strikes a numbingly familiar tough-yet-vulnerable pose. Though a climactic showdown injects some much-needed excitement, readers may have a hard time getting there. (Nov.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --------------------------------"A taut, striking debut. Mystery fiction has a new name to watch." - John Connolly --------------------------------"A terrific lead character, terrific suspense, terrific twists... a completely convincing debut." - Lee Child
ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS by J.T. Allison GlozWurld
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Murder meets Nashville, TN… TV shows like CSI have made us a nation immune to the horrors of murder & mayhem and reading about a murder in your own backyard is just plain creepy! That being said this thriller mystery will spike your imagination. Metro Cop Lt. Jackson & her boyfriend co-worker FBI agent Baldwin are a great team. The supporting characters are equally rich. The story is dark and full of multiple murders by a heartless serial killer. You need to be a fan of the underside of crime fiction to enjoy this read. If you are, you’ll find a fast paced read with a bit of whimsy & romance thrown in to complete the package. Well worth your time to read it! Keep in mind, this is a gritty read, but it is good! 4* of 5*