A murder has been unearthed and convicted killer Daniel
Pell is a prime suspect of the crime. Pell, the convicted
and unrepentant killer of the wealthy Croyton family eight
years earlier, is serving a life sentence in the Capitola
Superprison. The youngest daughter escaped the attack, as
she was asleep in her bed hidden by her toys. She has been
nicknamed the Sleeping Doll by the media.
The murderer is moved to the Monterey County Courthouse
for interrogation. Special agent Kathryn Dance, a brilliant
interrogator and kinesics expert with the California Bureau
of Investigation feels this is the opportunity to get Pell
to confess to the freshly discovered murder. She also wants
a chance to study the mind of this psychopath and his ability
to control others to do his bidding. Pell, the papers dubbed “Son
of Manson”, due to his crime mirroring those committed
by Charles Manson in the 1960's, was the leader of a cult
of runaways and considers himself a master of control. He
is able to force people into doing things they would never
other wise do. Nothing made him happier than transforming
someone into a creation of his own making.
Pell escapes, Dance and her team find them selves in a manhunt
that has the Monterey Peninsula in fear. Far from fleeing,
Pell a remorseless killer turns on his pursuers, striking
back, leaving behind a trail of dead and injured. Dance
must figure out why Pell is staying near the prison he escaped
from. She tracks down the now teenage “Sleeping Doll” and
three women members from his former cult in order to get
at the truth that's behind Pell's motives. Can she get the
truth and recapture Daniel before he escapes permanently?
Deaver is the much-acclaimed writer of the Lincoln Ryme
novels. Kathryn Dance was introduced in The Cold Moon, when
she briefly assisted Lincoln and Amelia on a case.
The Author is well known for the twists and turns that his
novels take and this one is no exception. Lots of surprises
to the last page.
I really liked this novel, especially it's ability to surprise
you when you think you have things figured out. I'm a long
time Deaver fan and am looking forward to his next offering.
ABOUT THE REVIEWER
Wayne Sears developed a love for reading in grade five
and continues to have a ferocious appetite for literature.
His favorite books are Mysteries, Suspense and Crime Novels.
Wayne was born in the prairie region of southern Alberta
and in his early life enjoyed the outdoors with hunting
and fishing. He still enjoys getting out in the countryside
with his wife of twenty years, enjoying the scenery, but
now shooting with a camera. Besides reading Wayne has
taken up woodcarving and is enjoying take photographs
of scenery and wildlife for subjects but his first love
still is reading a good novel.
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