Killer Takes All

Killer Takes All

Large Print - 2005
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When a friend is found brutally murdered in her New Orleans apartment, former homicide detective Stacy Killian has reason to believe her death is related to the cultish fantasy role-playing game White Rabbit. The game is dark, violent -- and addictive. As a former member of the Dallas police force, Stacy was exposed to more than her share of the horrors of crime. Moving to New Orleans was her attempt to pursue a quieter life. But her friend's murder plunges her back into the role that she fled -- especially after she meets Spencer Malone, the homicide detective assigned to the murder case. Stacy doubts the overconfident rookie is up to the task and vows to track down the killer herself. Her investigation draws her into the privileged circle of White Rabbit's brilliant creator, Leo Noble, a man with many dark secrets in his past ... a man whose life has the same frightening surreal quality of the game he invented.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2005.
ISBN: 9780786278626
0786278625
Branch Call Number: L.P. Fic Spin
Characteristics: 565 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.

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Sep 18, 2009

What I always enjoy about Spindler’s books is that they don’t always follow the norm and you’re always in for a bit of a twisted treat. This was probably my second favorite that I’ve read of hers. I found all the characters engaging and since I adore both Stacy & Spencer it was lots of fun reading how the White Rabbit case brought them together.

A high for me with this book was the pop cultural. I’ve always known that Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” was an often-discussed book but never did I realize the extent of it. Spindler weaved such a fantastically gruesome plot around this story that not only was I pulled in by the plot but I’ve got the itch to learn more about the classic “Alice in Wonderland” and where it’s been used in other pieces (books, movies, tv… etc).

I wasn’t such a fan of how Stacy got away with sooo much. Spindler usually follows procedure so much and I love that about her style. However, I feel like Spencer would’ve pulled the plug on Stacy faster and the lash back from his actions didn’t seem fitting. Yes, I realize that with fiction you get to play puppeteer for a bit but it didn’t sit well with me. I didn’t believe that Spencer, a guy who’s gotten accused of being bought would break protocol for her. I think he’d follow the cop-book more.

If you’re looking for a good thriller with lots of twists; I figured I had it at the get go but there were lots of obstacles that threw me off, you’ll enjoy this book.

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