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am 16. Oktober 2013
"Time Killer" by Todd M. Thiede is a terrific crime thriller concerning a serial killer that targets people who in his own words "have wasted his time".
The opening sequence is well done as the newest victim, a policeman himself, wakes up tied up and muted to witness the brutal murder of his family. The premise of "who would do that because of time" is a fascinating one and one that did engage me from the beginning.
The theme of "time is money" is prevailing in our modern way of life and in this regard the book is a moral tale on our times, the lack of consideration for others that can be a by-product of the pressures of modern life.
Now to the other side: Investigating Detective Max Larkin, top of the class and a somewhat loner in the police force, is being teamed up with beautiful and clever Jesse, a match not made in heaven. Rest assured however that this is not your usual taming of the shrew chemistry, both characters have more strings to their character than meets the eye at first and their developing relationship is one of the many strong points of the book.
As the killer continues to punish and kill we, the readers, finally get to meet the person behind the killing, which is perfectly timed to change the dynamics of the writing and make for a continued interest in the story.
Thiede does a great job at juggling the issues in the lives of the investigators and the investigation itself. Paced perfectly and edited sharply this book never runs out of steam until the big finale.
This is a remarkable first book in a series in that it goes well beyond the setting up of the characters, the original idea for the book is exactly that, highly original, and unlike many helpings of the genre Thiede does not copy currently popular forensic TV programmes and bore us with DNA matches and other hat tricks. This is solidly written with the use of a variety of tools of the trade which includes a more logical and deductive investigation.
I really enjoyed this book and can honestly recommend it to fans of the genre and people who have not read a good crime story for a while. This is a good one to get you started on it. Very entertaining.