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The Cruelest Cut (A Jack Murphy Thriller) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Rick Reed

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"A must-read, can't-put-down adventure." --John Lutz As authentic and scary as thrillers get." - Nelson DeMille"


When a killer plays mind games with a cop, There Are No Rules.

The first victim is attacked in her home. Tied to her bed. Forced to watch every unspeakable act of cruelty--but unable to scream. The second murder is even more twisted. Signed, sealed, and delivered with a message for the police, stuffed in the victim's throat. A fractured nursery rhyme that ends with a warning: "There will be more." For detective Jack Murphy, it's more than a threat. It's a personal invitation to play. And no one plays rougher than Jack. Especially when the killer's pawns are the people he loves. . .

"A must-read, can't-put-down adventure." --John Lutz

"A jaw-dropping thriller." --Gregg Olsen

"A tornado of drama." --Shane Gericke

"As authentic and scary as thrillers get." –Nelson DeMille


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1006 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 433 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pinnacle; Auflage: 1 (1. November 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003VWC1RO
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Rick Reed (the most hated man on the Evansville Police Department, now retired) was in law enforcement for 30 years--the last three years as commander of Internal Affairs--before retiring and becoming the author of the Detective Jack Murphy serial killer fiction series. Reed draws on personal experience as he brings serial killer-fiction to life in the small town of Evansville, Indiana.

In 2000 he caught serial killer, Joseph Weldon Brown, and recounted that case in his acclaimed book, BLOOD TRAIL. In 2009 he began writing fiction. His police thrilllers include, THE CRUELEST CUT, THE COLDEST FEAR, and FINAL JUSTICE.

All three books can be read as stand-alone, but all are based in the small midwestern town of Evansville, Indiana.

So... you thought nothing ever happened in the midwest, but you are dead wrong. Twenty miles northeast of Evansville was where John Dillinger began his career. And Evansville was the scene of horrendous murders by the "Mad Dog Killer" Leslie Irvin in the 1977, and the target for a serial killer, Joseph Weldon Brown, in 2000, who claimed fourteen victims before he was captured.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen You will stop reading only to periodically ensure that the doors are locked and that your children are safely tucked away 15. November 2010
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Rick Reed is more than a former police detective who has written a novel about serial murders. He is a former police detective who investigated a group of serial killings and brought the perpetrator to justice. That would be enough to establish his bona fides regarding his subject matter. Add to the mix the fact that he can write remarkably well, and you have a winner of a debut novel.

Reed is not new to the publishing game; his true-crime book BLOOD TRAIL, about the series of murders that he investigated and solved, was published to critical acclaim in 2005. THE CRUELEST CUT, his first foray into fiction, demonstrates that he is extremely adept at mixing imagination with the real world, creating a work that you will stop reading only to periodically ensure that the doors are locked and that your children are safely tucked away.

Jack Murphy is the focal point of the book, a detective who not only is in charge of an investigation of a chain of seemingly unconnected murders, but also is the target of them. The slayings cut across sex and age, and while they appear to be carefully and calculatingly planned, they are carried out in rage and hatred. Among the few clues left at the scenes are a series of rhymes that bear a chilling similarity to the Mother Goose verse that so many children learn at their mother's knee. They are soon dubbed the "Mother Goose murders" by an attention-hungry reporter, which gives the killers some additional publicity and makes the police's job even more difficult.

Murphy and his partner, a wise-cracking but loyal cop named Liddell Blanchard, have more than just the murders of innocent citizens with which to contend. A series of political maneuvers by a power-hungry administrator in their own department threatens to derail their investigation by pulling Murphy off the case, and possibly the force for good. This is the last thing the perps want to see happen. As the Mother Goose murders continue with frightening rapidity and increasingly violent methodology, Murphy resumes the investigation on his own and with the de facto assistance of the department. He and the culprits steadily head toward their final destiny, which will draw the people who Murphy loves most into the line of fire as well.

Be forewarned: Reed is a master of describing graphic violence. Some of the crime scenes here will chill you to the bone. At the same time, he skillfully describes the ins and outs of relationships and emotions. Murphy does some interesting balancing between his ex-wife, who is an elementary school teacher, and his semi-significant other, a parole officer with a tie to the murders. Not everything ends up quite the way one might expect in THE CRUELEST CUT, so there are just enough loose ends dangling to keep readers waiting for the follow-up, which will be released in 2011. Additionally, Murphy is a strong character, with enough personality quirks and problems to maintain the series all by his lonesome for as long as Reed wants to continue it.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I really liked this book 28. Juli 2011
Von Kay Sargent - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I really enjoyed this book. Good pacing and it read quickly, and yes, I had trouble putting it down til it was finished and then I looked for it some more. So I am sure I will read the next sequel to Jack Murphy and his detective partner Liddell the Cajun. The murders are gruesome, but aren't they all? There is some humor and the constant ribbing is believable as stress relief and some of the bigger than life characters. The detectives and procedures seem very credible to me. (I did see there is one review arguing where the Ohio River joins the Mississippi but I live in the Pacific NW and can't comment on that.)

Before I read the book I thought it sounds like an episode from Criminal Minds (a TV show that I enjoy) but his book is more involved and delightfully longer than a TV episode would be and I would look forward to seeing Rick Reed's The Cruelist Cut made into a full length movie. (I see it being kind of like the movie Seven but with characters like Robert Deniro/Robert duvall who acted in The Black Dahlia or their current counter parts as Jack & Liddell).
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An easy fast read 3. Dezember 2010
Von T. D. Crawford - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"The Cruelest Cut" was definitely an easy read, and though at times I felt like there were areas that kind of dragged a bit, it was fast pace enough so you didn't feel like you had to put it down. The story line was definitely interesting and the characters seemed to "life like" detectives. The only problem I had with this book was the very very end of it as I didn't truly think that the main character was that type of player (won't go into it as I don't want to give the ending away). I would definitely pick up another Rick Reed book!!!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very good 10. Dezember 2010
Von B. Claraidge - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book very much. I live in Evansville, Indiana where the author is from and enjoyed being able to relate to the places he mentioned in his book like Lloyd Expressway, North Park Shopping Center. They are real and exist here. One thing i could have done without in the book was his constant use of foul language. I do not like the f word and am of the opinion that these books would be just as good if not better without using it. All in all a good read except for that.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Quick Read, Decent Book 5. Januar 2011
Von MissGnomer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
The plot is decent enough to keep you interested, but ultimately the characters were a bit flat and some of the events were completely implausible. There were just some things I couldn't buy at all. (For example, I really couldn't get over how stupid the reporter was, or how the doctor they brought in was able to figure out so much about the killer with so little information.)

Overall this book is a good quick read and for the most part I enjoyed it.
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