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The hundredth man
Kerley, Jack.
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New York : Dutton, [2004]

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307 pages ; 24 cm
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Recalling Michael Connelly's taut storytelling and James Patterson's searingnarrative twists, The Hundredth Man introduces a daring new talent. Fromits explosive first pages to its startling conclusion, this novel creates aworld where heroes can't succeed without madmen, and the dead are the mostdangerous of all. When bizarre and cryptic messages are found on a pair of corpses in Mobile,Alabama, junior police detective Carson Ryder and veteran cop Harry Nautilusfind themselves in a mysterious public-relations quagmire pitting public safetyagainst office politics. With the body count growing, Ryder must confront hisfamily's terrifying past by seeking advice from his brother, a violentpsychopath convicted of similarly heinous crimes. Ryder finds himself fallingfor Ava, the striking pathologist processing the gruesome corpses. But Ava'spast holds its own nightmarish secrets. Chasing false leads while their boss relentlessly undermines all progress, Ryderand Nautilus come to realize someone close to them is the killer's ultimatetarget.Thundering to a stark and chilling revelation, The Hundredth Man marksthe arrival of an author who raises the stakes on every page.

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Booklist Review

Carson Ryder is a Mobile, Alabama, police detective whose key role in solving a serial-killer case landed him a place on a special unit devoted to psycho crimes. Like almost all the characters in this narrative locomotive of a first novel, Carson has a secret: his ability to crack the serial-killer case had a lot to do with advice he got from his brother, who has reason to know how psychos think. Now another serial killer is at work, beheading his (or her) male victims and leaving cryptic messages carved on their bodies. As Carson and his partner (perhaps the most appealing character in the book), veteran cop Harry Nautilus, investigate the murders, they quickly become ensnared both in department politics and in a quagmire of secrets involving the medical staff at the morgue.erley jacks up the tension effectively with nicely placed jumps between Carson's narration and the tortured thoughts of the killer, building to an all-stops-out climax involving a raging river and a supremely horrific home movie. There are moments where the book nearly zooms out of control--especially during the over-the-top climax--but, finally, the powerful forward motion of the narrative and the compelling forensic and psychological detail more than compensate for the heroine-tied-to-the-tracks melodrama. The finale aside,erley's plot is a treasure chest of interlocked pieces, each holding a secret, a link in the chain connecting the novel's characters to the demons in their various closets.erley isn't the new Ridley Pearson quite yet, but don't bet against him. --Bill Ott Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

First-time author Kerley debuts with a classically constructed, psychotic-killer-with-a-horrendous-childhood thriller featuring young detective Carson Ryder, himself troubled by a problematic past. Carson and partner Harry Nautilus are the newly formed two-man Psychopathological and Sociopathological Investigative Team, referred to as Piss-it by the other members of the Mobile, Ala., police force. While Piss-it's official mandate is the investigation of murders committed by particularly horrendous killers, the formation of the team is actually a public relations scheme. Nevertheless, when a headless body turns up in a local park, Piss-it has its first real case. At the autopsy, Carson meets new hire Dr. Ava Davenelle, who is handling corpse-cutting duties. "She was dour, abrupt, and projected the femininity of a hammer-yet her motions verged on symphonic." Of course he's immediately smitten, though his polite advances are rejected. Turns out she has her own life as well as a job-threatening problem, which Carson must solve while simultaneously identifying the killer who has meanwhile added several more headless victims to his growing list. Carson's secret weapon of detection is his brother, an insane mass-murderer who feeds him clues on the nature of madmen from an asylum, ? la Hannibal Lecter. Kerley has certainly mastered the form, and the nail-biter takedown scene is as exciting as any in the business. This is a solid addition to the genre, and a series to look forward to. Agent, Aaron Priest. (June) Forecast: The rather dull cover is not going to push this book into the hands of thriller readers, but extensive publisher promotion will help. Foreign rights sold in Bulgaria, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Poland, Slovakia and the U.K.; film rights sold to Stone Village Productions. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Kerley hits it big with his debut, having sold both film rights and multiple foreign rights. As the bodies pile up in Mobile, AL, a young police detective must seek advice from the only psychopath he knows-his imprisoned brother. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.