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Summary

Detective Joe "Preach" Everson, a prison chaplain turned police officer, is coming home. After a decade tracking down killers in Atlanta, and with a reputation as one of the finest homicide detectives in the city, his career derailed when he suffered a mental breakdown during the investigation of a serial killer who was targeting children.

No sooner does Preach arrive at home in Creekville, North Carolina - a bohemian community near Chapel Hill - than a local bookstore owner is brutally killed, the first murder in a decade. The only officer with homicide experience, Preach is assigned to the case and makes a shocking discovery: The bookstore owner has been murdered in exactly the same manner as the pawnbroker in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.

With the help of Ariana Hale, a law student and bibliophile who knew the victim, Preach investigates the local writer's community. As their questions increase, a second body is found; this time eerily resembling the crime scene in a famous Edgar Allan Poe novella. Preach and Ariana realize that their adversary is an intelligent, literate killer with a mind as devious as it is disturbed - and that one or both of them may be his next target.

©2017 Layton Green (P)2018 Tantor

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  • shelley
  • 08-08-18

So many books - so little time left!

Written in Blood by Layton Green turned out to be such a pleasant surprise! Green's writing has never pulled me in, but with his new book I will definitely be watching out for him
In the future.
I also enjoyed the narrating by Peter Berkrot. His voice was perfect for this story. At times he speaks low and gravely giving the impression of retelling a harrowing tale.
After reading the publisher's summary I thought this book sounded interesting. I found this more then interesting, I found this captivating! This storyline revolves around a decades old, multilayered mystery with too many twists to recount.
The protagonist starts out the in this story basically broken and seeing a psychologist. As the book progresses he becomes convinced that he's been beaten and someone's going to get away with murder. Every time he gets a clue there's another obstacle in his way. But there is a turning point...
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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  • The I.T. Guy
  • 19-06-19

98% awesome

It lost me 50 Chapters in, went in a direction that wasn't necessary and pull me out of the story. I like Layton Green I recommend this book it was very entertaining the narration was excellent it just didn't go the way I saw it was a total shock will say that. You won't see it coming.

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  • RM Walsh
  • 22-08-18

juvenile

the narrator sounds like a 1950s voice over. it was very hard to get past this. story was juvenile in the development.

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