A stunning serial-killer novel from David Levien, featuring his acclaimed and indomitable investigator, Frank Behr.... This is the bigger thriller we've been wanting from Levien.
A young woman's body is found on a side street in Indianapolis, horrifyingly arranged. Meanwhile Frank Behr, who is down on his luck and virtually broke, takes on a no-win case to locate a single mother's wayward daughter who's been missing for months. Suddenly Behr feels the two cases may be connected, but he is years removed from his life as a legitimate police officer and has few friends left on the force. His relentless focus has always been his greatest strength...and his deepest flaw.
As the death toll rises, it becomes clear Indianapolis has a serial killer in its midst...an invisible average Joe who passes beneath the radar but commits unspeakable acts. Frank Behr's pursuit will lead him to a dark place - and ultimately to a devastating decision from which he will not be able to turn back.
Signature Kill is David Levien's most masterful novel yet - an audiobook that will attract attention from a wider group of thriller fans.
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Story is too authentic at times...narration is BAD
I have a Criminal Justice degree and watch all the true crime shows I can. I have read extensively on many serial killers and what acts they have committed. That being said my stomach was turned a few times in this book and I don't think the scenes were necessary for the story. Yes we know that killers start with small animals... I DON'T need to hear those kinds of acts explicitly described in a leisure book. I am an animal lover and could've handled the general commentary of animal torture but to tell me how, and why and how long the specific type of torture continued was despicable on the part of the author. Wire hangers and fireworks aren't necessary for story movement.
Based on that, no I would not recommend this book.
It didn't really keep me on the edge of my seat. I finished the book because I always do but the story ending was so ludicrous that I do not believe it at all as a possible outcome. I won't be picking up any of the other books in this series either.
You know, he might have been ok as the narrator if he hadn't over acted every chapter that was in the criminals voice. My impression of the perpetrator was a strong, confident man and the voice used was of a shy, timid and scared, slightly high and not in touch with reality. Of course the criminal isn't in touch with reality completely but this man was holding up a marriage and a job and so wasn't as 'out of his mind' as the narrator made him sound.
I listened to this book based on other customer reviews. I hope my review helps others to not be surprised by what they end up hearing compared to the reviews.
All I can say is WOW!Where has this author hiding?
With 600+ books in my library this one would be in my top 100 and that's saying a lot.
If I didn't know better I would have thought I was listening to a Frank Quinn book by John Lutz who is one of my favorites.
If you're a Lutz fan this is a book you will really like. Graphic at times but this is a story with a really good in depth plot. Both the antagonist and protagonist are multilayered with multiple subplots (but not so many that it gets confusing). I also like that you don't know who the killer is until the end. As his story unfolds it is reminiscent of many serial murderers that have been in past headlines and follows his path in life from childhood torture of animals and the adults who missed it but could have put a stop to his escalation into depravity as so often happens in real life. I will definitely go back and get the other three books in this series. I Highly RECOMMEND this book! This one is truly worthy of your credit. If you are anything like me you guard these closely, this one is worth it...