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3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  92 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Detective Decland Dupree arrives at the crime scene, where the recipient of his first childhood kiss lies in a pool of blood. Not fifteen minutes later, the body of a man is found next door. The most sadistic serial killer in New Orleans history is on the prowl. He selects both a man and a woman, raping and killing them on the same night. When another woman from Deck's ...more
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Published July 1st 2011 by Medallion Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Richard Bunning
Aug 15, 2012 Richard Bunning rated it really liked it
If I didn't read the news regularly I would have found it hard to believe the sick minds and warped thinking described in this very disturbing thriller. I won't be relocating, to the book's setting of New Orleans, anytime soon. This isn't one for the tourist board.
To be honest, I didn't really take to any of the characters, even the ones I assume we are meant to like. Of course, I had weaved my own detail into the various players. As with most well written fright literature the worst visions com
Feb 15, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers/suspense
Recommended to Katy by: E. J. Findorff
Please note: I read and reviewed this book in December 2011 after being provided a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I'm updating this review to add formatting and let folks know that the e-book version of the story is currently free on Amazon for your Kindle. Just follow the link!

My Synopsis: Decland Dupree has only been a detective for a short while when the bottom drops out of his world at a murder scene – he not only recognizes the victim, she was his first kiss. To make
Timothy Dalton
Sep 22, 2011 Timothy Dalton rated it really liked it
This review does contain a few spoilers near the end I’ll indicate where:

Every now and again as you are reading books on your list you come across one that is pure excrement. One that leaves you with nothing more to be desired. You feel slightly depressed and nonplussed at having that time wasted. Then you move to the next and it completely takes you by storm. I had just come away from reading Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead, a book that was brutal to trudge through……and it was an audio b
Feb 22, 2013 Naomi rated it really liked it
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My rating: 4.5 Stars

My opinion: I absolutely love the movies Tightrope staring Clint Eastwood and 8 mm starring Nicolas Cage. Unhinged struck me as a cross between the two. I have always had an affection for twisted books and seek them out when I need to satisfy my darker inner child. Normally, this affection is satisfied through my love of Nordic Noir books, as I find few American authors can go into the very dark and deep crevices of the mind where thes
Feb 21, 2013 Taylor rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
4.5/5 stars

This book came as a surprise to me. I was scrolling through some threads featured in one of my groups, when I came across a new author- E.J Findorff, promoting his new book. The synposis sounded interesting enough, so I decided to give it a try. I was not expecting to be sucked into a page turning thriller.

Decland Dupree, a new dective and his partner Ron are assigned to a double homicide. The female victim turns out to be Dupree's first kiss. Soon, there's another double homicide. Th
Barbara ★
I'm so excited! E.J. Findorff has offered me a free copy of his book. All I have to do is read it (YAY) and post a review. I can't wait to read this book. Review to follow...

Detectives Decland Dupree and Ron Lacey draw the case of a sadistic homosexual serial killer. The killer is systematically working through Deck's former girlfriends as well as killing a random gay man each time. For unknown reasons FBI Deputy Director Dorrick enters the investigation and immediately starts interfering and ba
May 22, 2012 Jody rated it it was amazing
"New Orleans, full of history and voodoo, creepy post Katrina buildings still not rebuilt and still haunted by the destruction; the perfect place for a killer to strike. Again and again. He has a bloody message for one detective in particular. And he will mutilate and murder until Detective Decland Dupree gets it. Decland harbors an uneasy feeling about his promotion, troubled with the knowledge there was a shortage of men after the hurricane left the area decimated. With only one year's ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Grace rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: For those of you who want to experience a true thriller, Unhinged is a must read.
Shelves: 2011
Unhinged is a fast-paced read with a plot so exciting that I couldn’t put the book down. I read it in two days. E.J. Findorff drew me into the life and culture of New Orleans post Katrina. I felt as if I had experienced the city first hand. From the start, I was pulled into this thrilling story. All of the characters are so real and believable. Unhinged is not for the faint of heart. Several scenes gave me the chills. For those of you who want to experience a true thriller, Unhinged is a must ...more
Linda B. Vuono
Oct 19, 2016 Linda B. Vuono rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really unhinged!

What terrible villains! I couldn't wait for the ending, hoping the bad guys got their just desserts!
Disappointed that it ended where it did. Hoping there be a sequel. Detective Dupree is too good of a character to not write more stories about.
I gave this 3 stars mainly because I liked the idea of what the author was trying to write and I thought it would be a gritty serial killer book, I was right about the killer.
The murders were never really described well or lingered on, it felt like the author didn't want to be writing about them so they got skirted round and given minimal detail, enough that I got the idea what happened.
I felt more Dec and his girlfriend were given more page space then the killings and the killer which started t
J.L. Hammer
Jul 25, 2011 J.L. Hammer rated it really liked it
Unhinged is a fast-paced read with a plot so twisted and fascinating that I couldn’t put the book down. It was like Silence of the Lambs unleashed on New Orleans. E.J. Findorff drew me into the life and culture of New Orleans, and although I have never been, I felt as if I had experienced the city first hand. From the start, I was pulled into the desperate plight of Detective Decland Dupree. A serial killer has brutally murdered the girl with whom he’d shared his first kiss, and as the story ...more
Alicia Franklin
Mar 03, 2013 Alicia Franklin rated it it was amazing
AMAZING! This book was such a fast, enthralling, gripping read that once I picked it up I found it difficult to put down! I don't want to spoil anything since it is a mystery novel of sorts, but there were several shocking twists that literally caused me to gasp aloud. The humor and descriptions were raw and in the words of Decland our hero: "not PC!" I enjoyed this book so much that even towards the last several pages, my adrenaline was rushing and I had to stop and tell myself to slow down so ...more
Andy Fitz
Oct 17, 2014 Andy Fitz rated it it was amazing
A chilling and fast paced thriller set in one of my favorite Cities in the world, New Orleans. The author has a memorable MC in Decland Dupree, a detective that struggles with his own character flaws and demons while on the trail of a horrific serial killer loose in the city. The author's dedication to the genre is clear in the painstaking detail and visualization of the daily grind and politics of working a big case in a relatively small City. The writing is tight and so is the suspense. An ...more
Feb 27, 2013 Meghan rated it liked it
ok, I got this as a free nook book, but did find it fascinating, if not grotesque... Since I do like this particular genre, I think that made it easier to deal with the graphic nature. Plus, having visited New Orleans, I liked how familiar things felt. The part I found lacking was how abruptly it all ended. It kept building, and it felt like the author left too many loose ends. Now keep in mind that I have an English degree, and am quite picky. The fact that I kind of hope there is a follow-up ...more
Mar 23, 2013 D rated it it was ok
The storyline is the typical cop chasing a serial killer. The book started out really good and then it took a weird twist. This kept you wanting to read more but the ending was incomplete. You find out what happens to the bad guys but not the good guys who you came to care about. The other problem is the "twist" kept your attention but was very unrealistic. If you want to keep a secret, people in power would quietly and quickly dispose of the secret and not let it continue.
David Teachout
Mar 08, 2013 David Teachout rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Keeps the reader interested and there's a decent understanding and pacing of police procedure though clearly the author is enamored of the profiling aspect of the FBI having perhaps seen too much television recently. Still, a solid read that doesn't dwell too long in the grotesque and attempts with some success at multiple perspectives in the telling of the story.
Dana Senn
Jan 06, 2014 Dana Senn rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I'm not usually a thriller reader but Findorff has converted me with this one. Great story, setting and plot. The characters were so real and leapt off the page such that I could imagine them in a movie. It is a page turner. I couldn't put it down until I found out what happened!
Fiona Watkins
I read this book in one sitting, due partly to insomnia and partly to do with the story being really good. The plot as fast paced and the characters interesting enough to keep my attention. The plot wasn't given away too early on and I would happily read other books by the author.
Douglas Castagna
Apr 27, 2014 Douglas Castagna rated it really liked it
What started out as a taught thriller seemed to lag on after the midpoint. New Orleans is a great place for a book to take place, but it was not used enough. The plot, the reason for what was going on was a bit telegraphed from early on, but despite the shortcomings it was a strong debut novel.
Feb 26, 2013 Nelta rated it really liked it
Unhinged was the first work I've read by EJ Findorff and it did not disappoint . This was a fast paced thriller that had you hanging on to each page, eager to see where the characters were headed next. A very enjoyable read if you don't become "unhinged".
valerie smith
Feb 28, 2016 valerie smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this book, it would make a good film. I couldn't put this down and didn't want it to end.
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I'm originally from New Orleans, but now live in Chicago. I write what I'd want to read and if it isn't exciting and plausible, I delete it. All of my novels take place in New Orleans, which can be a character in itself. I'm also accessible to anyone who wants to contact me. Go me.
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