Saturday, 4 September 2010
CRIME THRILLER: American Devil - Oliver Stark
Taut, tense and terrifying - AMERICAN DEVIL marks the thrilling debut of an outstanding new talent. The Progression of Love: his ultimate artistic creation. Now all he needs is seven beautiful women. For the violent killer stalking New York's streets, the trophies he will take from his victims are essential if he is to complete his masterpiece. That he also likes playing games with the police and his prey is a bonus. He can outwit everyone he comes up against. Or can he? Detective Tom Harper is the NYPD's best chance of catching the American Devil. But he's on suspension for punching his superior. With panic gripping the city, Harper wants the challenge even if it means he has to undergo therapy from police psychologist Denise Levene. She believes he can be brought back into the fold, but can the NYPD trust him not to fall apart? A deranged murderer and a volatile cop. Time is running out and there can only be one winner...
Crime novels are fast becoming a dime a dozen, so an author who is trying to establish themselves needs something different to not only set themselves apart or a gimmick that makes sure people review their work and gets their name known.
What unfurls within this debut is a crime thriller that is not only dark but one that has a killer that you’re never sure which way they’ll go. Back that up with a bitter divorced main character with a chip the size of Manhatten with a temper larger than an NYC cabby and you know it’s going to be explosive.
This offering is definitely different to a lot of books out there and whilst you may think that its over about half way through the author twists things so that you’re back to square one with time becoming a factor. Count down overload will hit the readers mentality and turn what you thought was a short read before bed into one that you’ll still be gripping the pages of as the dawn rises. A great book.