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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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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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