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Wednesday 15 March 2017

‘I am Death’ Chris Carter

Published by Simon & Schuster,
14 July 2016.
ISBN: 978-1-4711-3225-4 (PB)

Nicole is babysitting for friends when she finds their “cousin Mark” in the kitchen. Five days later, her body is found on the outskirts of Los Angeles. She’s been tortured to death,and her body placed in a ritual position. Detective Hunter of the LAPD knows the killer will strike again.

This psychopath novel is cleverly constructed, moving from the deaths of the girls to the police investigation. Hunter and his partner, Garcia, are interesting charcters – Hunter an obsessive, intelligent workaholic, Garcia beginning to find the demands of his job too much for the safety of his family. The police background is detailed and well-realised – the author has experience as a criminal psychologist, and has worked on police investigations. Extra sympathy is evoked for the victims by who they are: a babysitter, an air-hostess, a waitress who has escaped a difficult upbringing. A turn of the screw is added by the key victim being a child. The torture is inventive, and described in detail, not just once but again in each autopsy, and again through the child’s eyes. The clever twist ending in part justifies this.

A well-paced example of this genre, with truly nasty torture scenes on women and a child, cut with a realistic police investigation.
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor

Chris Carter was born in Brazil. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Oxford. He is the author of Science and Psychic Phenomena and Science and the Near-Death Experience. Originally from Canada, Carter currently teaches internationally. He now lives in London.

Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.  Marsali also does a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.

A review of her recent book Ghosts of the Vikings can be read here.

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