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Publisher's Summary

By turns horrifying and erotic, critically-acclaimed author Thomas Perry's new thriller takes us on a dangerous cat-and-mouse game that pits two women against each other: a beautiful serial killer and the detective who is determined to stop her. When the cousin of Los Angeles underworld figure Hugo Poole is found shot to death in his Portland, Oregon, home, police find nothing at the scene of the crime except several long strands of blonde hair hinting that a second victim may have been involved. Hotel security tapes from the victim's last vacation reveal an out-of-focus picture of a young blond woman entering and leaving his room. Could she also be a murder victim? Portland homicide detective Catherine Hobbes is determined to solve the case and locate the missing blonde, but her feelings, and the investigation, are complicated when Hugo hires private detective Joe Pitt to perform a parallel investigation. As Joe and Catherine form an uneasy alliance, the murder count rises, and both realize that the pretty young woman in the security tapes is not a victim at all.
As Catherine follows the evidence, she finds herself in a deadly contest with an unpredictable adversary capable of changing her appearance and identity at will. Catherine must use everything she knows, as a homicide detective and as a woman, to stop a murderer who kills on impulse and with ease, and who becomes more efficient and elusive with each crime.
©2006 Thomas Perry (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Nightlife is a smart, engaging read." (Bookmarks Magazine)
"Reinterpreting conventions and confounding readers' expectations with fascinating characters, this is Perry at his best." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Barbara on 01-12-07

Just what you want in a book like this...

I give this book four starts ONLY because the genre (detective fiction) really doesn't warrant 5, but this is top-of-the-line. My experience with Thomas Perry novels has been erratic. With other novels, I was charmed by his turn of phrase, humor and character development, but somewhere after the middle of the book, the plot fell to pieces and became irreparably dissolute. The endings to those books were ludicrous.

I'm happy to report that this isn't always the case. The reader, Shelley Frasier, does a great job, having a light, airy, feminine voice, applying a simple huskiness to voice male characters without sounding stupid. Her empathetic tone when voicing the thoughts of the female evildoer is astonishingly persuasive, and one finds oneself *almost* rooting for the killer in short, breathable pauses. The action is believable and the characters are brilliant. Perry has a great ear for comic dialog, and I'm forever jotting down phrases to use later.

The construction of this novel lends itself well to the audio format; although the action takes place in parallel stories as the detective tracks her quarry, and there are a number of flashbacks, the story is easy to follow and the characters easy to differentiate.

I was really happy with this cop drama and eager to hear more!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Edward on 01-09-07

Don't miss this one!

I no longer read thrillers about serial killers-Silence of the Lambs was my last. The genre seemed to have mutated to senseless gruesome and gore-filled images. Nightlife is different. I don't remember how I heard about it, but I am delighted to have discovered Thomas Perry. This book features a female serial killer. The killings are described but there is no effort to gross the reader out. Mr. Perry is interested in making believable characters involved at high levels of stress mix it up. Each character - no matter how slight a role he or she plays - is recognizable to the point that you care what happens to them. This book is not to be missed by any serious mystery reader.

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