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Title:
Breakneck
Author:
Spindler, Erica, 1957-
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Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Macmillan Audio, [2009]

℗2009
Physical Description:
8 audio discs (9 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Detectives MC Riggio and Kitt Lundgren are investigating a slew of senseless murders. The investigation becomes personal when MC's cousin and her fiance are among the victims.
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Title from web page.

Unabridged.

Compact discs.

Duration: 9:30:00.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781427204998
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Audiobook on CD

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Breakneck marks the return of Detectives Mary Catherine (MC) Riggio and Kitt Lundgren, partners in the police department's Violent Crimes Bureau in industrial, blue-collar Rockford, Illinois. The two detectives are faced with tracking down a monster unlike any they have encountered before. The clean, seemingly emotionless kills leave MC and Kitt little but the growing string of victims to follow - all young adults, clean cut, kid-next-door types who've never taken a step outside the law.  And this time around, it's personal for MC: The first victim is her cousin Tommy Mariano, oldest son of her favorite aunt.  As MC and Kitt hunt a faceless killer, they are led deep into the cyberuniverse, where no one is who they seem and you never know who's watching.  At the heart of this fast-paced thriller is the relationship between the two headstrong women, their struggle to balance their dual roles, to learn to trust, and to walk the fine line between upholding the law - and taking it into their own hands as they race to find a murderer.


Summary

M.C. Riggio and Kitt Lundgren, detectives at the Violent Crime Bureau in Rockford, Illinois, investigate a slew of perplexing murders. As the body count rises, M.C. struggles to remain on the right side of the law when her cousin and her fiance fall victim to the ruthless killer.


Author Notes

A New York Times and International bestselling author, critics have called Erica Spindler's stories, "terrific twisted tales." She received the prestigious Daphne du Maurier award for Excellence in 2002 for the novel, Bone Cold, and she is a two-time Kiss of Death award winner.

She lives in the New Orleans area with her husband, an advertising executive, and their two sons.

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Rockford, Illinois, homicide detective Mary Catherine Riggio is having a rotten time. Not long after her boyfriend proposes marriage, he's murdered. Soon after that, MC's cousin Tommy is also killed. And then there's the mysterious death of a young computer whiz, whose killer apparently made off with his computer after breaking his neck. Can MC and her partner, Kitt Lundgren, solve the kid's murder, and can MC find out who's responsible for the deaths of her cousin and fiance? Readers of this follow-up to 2006's Copycat will likely see the plot twists and surprising revelations coming long before the characters do, but that's OK. The two leads are a likable pair, each with her own personal foibles, and the dramatic element of MC's unexpected loss of her fiance gives the novel an emotional layer that will keep readers interested, even if the story itself is rather predictable. This solid-enough mystery suffers from the lack of any real surprises, but it will appeal to the author's fans, who will appreciate the continuing development of the lead character.--Pitt, David Copyright 2008 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Det. Kitt Lundgren and her partner, Mary Catherine Riggio, of the Rockford, Ill., Violent Crimes Bureau pursue a serial killer ripped from Internet urban legend in this unconvincing thriller from bestseller Spindler (Copycat). When Riggio's too-good-to-be-true fiance is caught in the line of fire, the shooting at first appears to be unrelated to the murder spree of Breakneck, who targets computer-savvy 20-somethings. Of course, the connection is immediately obvious to readers, if not the veteran staff of the VCB. Lundgren's preoccupied with mending her broken marriage while ambling toward career burnout, and Riggio doesn't hesitate to throw out the procedural rulebook, eschewing her police training in a desperate search for the truth. Spindler strays from her comfort zone in tackling the mysterious world of cyber crime. Casting disaffected youth as criminal masterminds doesn't ring true, while descriptions of technology and its applications are painstakingly overexplained. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Excerpts

Excerpts

CHAPTER ONE ROCKFORD,ILLINOIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009 3:05 A.M. THE KID'S EYES snapped open. Matt Martin. Twenty-one-year-old computer-hacking loser. It took only a moment for his expression to shift from sleepy confusion to horrified realization: there was a stranger in his bedroom. That stranger held a gun to his head, to the tender place between his eyes, just above the bridge of his nose. The one called Breakneck smiled grimly. "Hello, son." The kid went limp with terror. His mouth worked but no sound emerged. "The gun I'm holding to your head is nothing fancy. An old-fashioned .38 caliber, semiautomatic. Ser viceable at best." He kept his voice low, tone soothing. "What's unique about this situation, of course, is the weapon's proximity to its target, your brain. When I pull the trigger, the bullet will rocket from the chamber and explode out of the barrel and into your head. In response, your brains will explode out the back of your skull." Breakneck firmed his grip on the weapon. "The sound will be muffled by the fact that the barrel is pressed to its target, the mess contained by the pillow, bedding and mattress." The bony young man began to shake. The smell of urine stung the air. Unmoved by the kid's fear, he went on, "I'm going to ask you a few questions. Your life depends on your answers." The kid's eyes welled with tears. "I know who you are and what you do. I want what you stole from me." "I don't know what you're--" "Where is it?" "What? I don't . . . who are y--" "I'm the guy you shouldn't have fucked with. I want my information. And I want my money." He increased pressure on the gun; the kid whimpered. "What do you think, son? Do we do this the easy way? Or the messy way?" "Easy," he whispered. "You jacked some information. And some money. Five hundred grand." Recognition flickered in his horrified gaze. Of course it did. One didn't forget stumbling onto that kind of money. Especially a small-time little shit like this one. "I see we're on the same page now. Good." "I didn't take your money." "Who did?" "I don't know!" His voice rose. "No one!" His eyes darted back and forth. A clear sign he was lying. Breakneck could almost hear him thinking. Mentally scrambling for a way out, weighing his options: Give him the information? How much--or how little--would keep him alive? Did he dare lie? Struggle? Beg? What were the consequences of each? All animals responded to predators in the same way, Breakneck knew. They fought for survival. Using whatever means at their disposal. Over the years, he had seen them all. Some predators, however, were so smart, so skilled, the fight was as pathetic as it was futile. "I don't want to hurt you, Matt. But I will. I'm going to count to three and then I'm going to pull the trigger. One," he said softly. "Two . . . thr--" "Okay, I found it, but I didn't move it!" "Who did? A name." "I don't know . . . an e-mail address and screen name, that's all I have. It's marioman. At Yahoo. Check for yourself . . . on my laptop. I'm Gunner35. My password's 121288. You can get it all with that. I promise . . . go see. It's all there." The kid's voice rose as he spoke. Breakneck laid a gloved hand over his mouth to quiet him. "You did good, Matt. Real good. Thank you." He moved quickly, snapping the young man's neck before he had a clue what was happening. With little more than a gurgle, Matt Martin died. Excerpted from Breakneck by Erica Spindler. Copyright (c) 2008 by Erica Spindler. Published in 2008 by St. Martin's Paperbacks. All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher. Excerpted from Breakneck by Erica Spindler All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.