A Novel

eBook - 2006
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Thomas Perry's novels of suspense have been celebrated for their "dazzling ingenuity" ( The New York Times Book Review ) and for writing that is "as sharp as a sushi knife" ( Los Angeles Times ). By turns horrifying and erotic, 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 blond 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 the 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2006.
ISBN: 9781588365194
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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A good airport read, this thriller by Perry concerns a spree-killer who may or may not be on the run from a determined homicide detective. Easy to read but still engaging, it is a good time-killer that won’t really strain your thought processes too much.

Mar 10, 2013

Just finished listening to the downloadable audiobook from VPL online. Not certain what kept me listening with interest, right to the finish. Perhaps a combination of fairly clean writing and top quality narration of the audiobook.

From other reading about psychopaths, I don't really buy into Thomas Perry's presentation of his main character and what made her what she is. That's the main drawback in the book for me, a clichéd variation on the theme of bad mothers breeding monsters among us. There are other unlikelihoods in here, about on a par with this genre overall. Still, he did a good job of delivering his fictional bad actor, and Nightlife could be labelled a good read for crime thriller devotees.

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