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.
Murder inc. with feeling, feeling, and more fe....
Where to start, David Levien does not pull any punches in his descriptions very graphic, bold, and without apology. This book would not have been my first choice because of the nature of the story, but once into the book I have no regrets.
I found it very difficult to turn it off and visit with others while listening to this story .
I have close to 300 books in my library and as far as I know this book stands alone in subject matter and its morbid graphic nature, with that said it is a great thriller. The cast of characters will give you feelings of admiration to making your skin crawl.
The book will also make you hope that you never have and will never know people that are so warped and possess such deranged thinking.
Scott Brick reads the story in a laid back matter of fact voice the almost makes you think the subject matter in the book is just an everyday occurance.
The fight in the front yard with the dog, man and his wife...and the dialogue following, but that was only one incident of many that are memorable.
- Allen Anthony