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The Death Collectors (Carson Ryder #2)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  861 ratings  ·  78 reviews
In 1972, on the day of his sentencing, renowned artist and serial killer Marsden Hexcamp is shot dead in the courtroom. Members of his Mansonesque band of followers are imprisoned or simply disappear.

Fast-forward more than thirty years: A suspected prostitute is found murdered in a candlelit motel room, the first in a series of horrors suggesting Hexcamp’s art remains al

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 23rd 2005 by Dutton Adult (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jennifer Daniel
Jun 12, 2009 Jennifer Daniel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sharon
I thought this was a new book, but alas, it was only new cover art. I realized immediately that I had read this (unlike my sister who wouldn't figure that out til the last page. How will we ever know if you get Alzheimers?) It was about the black market selling and collecting of serial killer art & memorbillia and a current murder of an active serial killer. When I originally read this I had to check out and it is frighteningly true. You can purchase Charles Manson's nail cl ...more
I enjoyed this murder mystery quite a bit - particularly the new twist on the relationship of detective and Hannibal Lector-like guide to murders. I was disappointed that I read the second book first, but I am looking forward to reading the first book, and then the third in the series. I liked the characters, the setting, the writing - all in all, I really enjoyed it! It’s always a lot of fun to discover a new mystery series and this one is certainly an intriguing one!
Paula  Phillips
The Death Collectors - Jack Kerley-2006

After Detective Duo Harry and Carson are given the Mayoral award for their unit which consists of just them too. A Series of unusual murders arise , for these two there is nothing usual about the cases they solve and the majority of the time they are dealing with the real pyschopaths in an interesting sorta way. This novel starts with a courtroom case back in the 1970's where a Serial Killer Artist Marsden Hexcamp is awaiting sentencing , he then is shot on
A fast paced and addictive story line with a set of my favourite Crime/Thriller characters. A non-stop story with action from start to finish.

I was not disappointed. Not in any way. The length of this book had me worried at first as on occasion, crime novels of this length seem to drag a little in the middle, which make it a real challenge to get to the end. But this one kept the pace and the action going from the initial discovery, right the way through to the j
Hannah O'connell
Read this not realising that it was actually the second in a series until after reading so if anyone wondered, it doesn't matter if you read this one first.

Crime fiction is my favourite genre, and I picked this book to help me out of a reading slump I was experiencing. I motored through it so it must have helped.

I'm not usually someone who will force myself to stay up to finish a book but I did for this one. It was incredibly fast paced, had a good amount of character develop for a crime novel a
I eagerly awaited the arrival of this book after finishing The Hundredth Man in a day. I enjoy mysteries and crime stories, and something about Kerley's writing style draws you in and keeps you turning the pages. I don't know if the second mystery was as well-crafted as the first. It seemed like the author needed something a bit different this time around to extract the female interest from the first story and insert as logically as possible a new interest. I saw another review state that crime ...more
The Death Collectors was a well-written enjoyable read. It is the second book in a series with lead characters Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus, homicide detectives from Mobile AL, who are known for attracting all the strange cases. Their latest adventure begins when a woman is found dead in a hotel room with a gruesome display of candles, flowers and jewelry. A little digging reveals this woman had ties to Marsden Hexcamp, a serial killer/cult leader from thirty years ago who was killed at the s ...more
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Kerley, Jack. THE DEATH COLLECTORS. (2005). ****. This is Kerley’s second novel, after his debut with “The Hundredth Man,” and continues in the fine thriller tradition. Once again, we go on a case with Ryder and Nautilis, the two detectives who comprise the PSIT squad in Mobile, Alabama. His first novel was probably better than this one, but this one is no slouch. In 1972, on the day of his sentencing, renowned artist and serial killer Marsden Hexcamp is shot dead in the courtroom. Members of hi ...more
THE DEATH COLLECTORS (Police Procedural-Mobile, AL-Cont) - Ex
Kerley, Jack – 2nd in series
Dutton, 2005 – Hardcover
Detective Carson Ryder and his partner Harry Nautilus are back as the only members of PSIT—the Psychopathological and Sociopathological Investigative Team. A woman's body has been found in a cheap motel room. She's nude, wearing only cheap rings, covered in flower petals, and surrounded by candles. But as the case progresses, they find it ties back to case in 1972, a serial killer and
This book presented a totally new topic for a thriller. People collecting memorablia from scenes of a crime, or other 'valuable' items related to a killer and/or a killing. Strange, but yes I do believe there are quite a few of those crazy beings out there.
The case of Det. Ryder and his partner was fascinating, fast-paced and entertaining. However, somehow the character of Carson Ryder didn't leave a such great mark on me. We do learn some things about his private life and his feelings, his styl
M. Patrick
The Death Collectors by Jack Kerley is a very tedious whodunit. It a story of sociopathic serial killers and those who collect the macabre memorabilia that they produce. I had to pinch myself often to stay awake as I listened to it. The characters were uninteresting and the plot was dull.
3-1/2 stars
Hadn't read first book, and didn't know this was the second book in a series until I'd started reading, but didn't make a difference.
Great story and just enough guessing games and character twists to keep me reading.
I'd definitely read Kerley's first book now.
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
This is the second Kerley book I have read in the last week. The first, The Hundredth Man, I wasn't quite sure about, just the writing style was very different, but I decided to persist with his next novel. Really glad I did, I feel he simplified the writing in this offering, less high brow, and literary and more in keeping with a Crime/Murder/Thriller. Great story, Carson Ryder and his partner Harry are back, investigating a series of murders that all stem from a 30 year old serial killer. It's ...more
Ishmael Seaward
The second in the series involving Ryder and Nautilus. The plot centers around murder memorabilia, artifacts that are connected in some way to notorious murders and murderers.

Marsden Hexcamp is in the courtroom, attending his sentencing, when a woman shoots and kills him, then herself. Turns out the woman is one of his followers. Marsden reputedly was an artist, so any of his paintings would be valuable to the death collectors. Thirty years later, fragments of his paintings start showing up and
Tracey Alley
This was my second Carson Ryder novel and it not only lived up to the incredibly high standard set by Kerley in the first novel, it surpassed it. Once again he is incredibly descriptive, painting a picture rather than telling a story. His characters are all so believable and once again, Ryder's personal life becomes a chilling sub-plot to the novel. You have to prepare yourself for some rather gory and uncomfortable scenes but Kerley masterfully does not over do these scenes making them even mor ...more
Another over-rated novel. Just a formulaic serial killer book with an uncomfortably similar plot to Hannibal the Lecter series. Don't intend to read any more books by this author.
Dawn Pope
Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down! I still hadn't figured out the killer until the end. A great mystery.
Loved it - great characters, suitably creepy story with enough twists to keep it interesting.

Only downside is I KNEW this was the 2nd in a series and hadn't taken it on holiday for that very reason (wanting to get ahold of the first one first). Then after holiday looking for a new book to read I see this and I think 'oooh, I was going to read that'. And by the time I remembered it was the second in a series it was too late. It drives me absolutely bonkers to read a book and not get the reference
I kept picking this book up in book stores to read, finally my husband told me just to buy the book and move on with my life. This was the first Carson Ryder story I read and for the most part I love the entire book (For some reason I'm not a fan of the reporter). I like the dynamic between Ryder and his partner, the story of Ryder's brother and the sick world of collecting murder. Mr. Kerley you have sucked me in and while I've gotten behind on reading the adventures of Carson Ryder (only read ...more
I didn't realised this was book 2 in a series, but I really enjoyed it non the less. I think it stands alone well, it had a likeable main character and a very interesting plot.
Definitely worth a try for my male readers who like Burke, Sanford, and the like. I enjoyed the characterizations and the storyline. It had just enough creep factor to keep me on edge but not enough that made me want to give up.

It did tend to drag a bit in a few spots, but I think that is my problem because if I would sit down and read the book I could make much faster time.

I will definitely pick up another book in this series if I ever get a chance, but for now I will settle for knowing I have
Thirty years after renowned artist and serial killer Marsden Hexcamp is shot dead in the courtroom, members of his Mansonesque cult are being murdered with scraps of his artwork left at the scene. As detectives Carson and Nautilus investigate, they learn that an impending underground auction of Hexcamp's long-missing works may be fueling the killings.

A uniquely original premise in that the detective's incarcerated and psychopathic brother provides insight to solve the case. Even better than Ker
For me, this book was a bit tenuous and repetative and personally the only reason I continued reading till the end was because I like the characters particularly Harry Nautilus and Carson Ryder. Though there is an obvious market in the real world for 'Death Collectors' I found that it was somehow implausible, Kerley didn't convince me that this was legitimate market and therefore I didn't really take it seriously. Even more so I think that the plot moved along too slowly, and was too centred aro ...more
After years of reading this type of novel, I did not really think I could be creeped out. But Jack Kerley managed to do just that with the cast of characters he has in this book. This is the first book of his that I have read, and I enjoyed this enough to search for his other novels.

I listened to the book-on-tape, and my only criticism is the extremely cheesy fake accent that the reader has. The accent is the "Southern Gentleman" accent that people who are not from the south mistakenly believe a
This was one of my favourite Carson Ryder books. You could tell the author had really done his research on the 'Death memorabilia' business... And apparently it is big business!!
I just can't fault Kerley's books, from the wonderful setting in Alabama to the complex character that is Carson Ryder with a loveable serial killer brother in Jeremy (who pre-dates Dexter!)
I don't think Kerley's books are as widely known in the US as they are in the UK & other parts of Europe, which is a huge shame
Elisa Brogan
should be made into a movie ... great charactors
Ashland Mystery Oregon
Quick read, when the patterns of an old serial killer surface in latter day Mobile, Alabama. It's my first Alabama mystery on Goodreads, surely I've read others.
Tracy Fenwick
A friend at work recommended these books by Jack Kerley after she became hooked. I started with 'The Hundreth Man' which i struggled with at first but persevered because i was assured that the series got better. After reading this - the second book in the series - i can say that this was a lot better than the first book. I thoroughly enjoyed this and read it over the course of four days as I couldn't put it down! There were plenty of twists in the story to keep me interested and I can't wait to ...more
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AKA J.A. Kerley

John Albert Kerley is an American author. He spent 20 years in a successful advertising career before writing his first book, The Hundredth Man.

He currently lives in Newport, Kentucky, and is married with two children. He enjoys the outdoors, particularly fishing.

He is the author of the acclaimed Alabama-set series of Carson Ryder novels
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Other Books in the Series

Carson Ryder (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Hundredth Man (Carson Ryder, #1)
  • A Garden Of Vipers (Carson Ryder, #3)
  • Blood Brother (Carson Ryder, #4)
  • In The Blood (Carson Ryder, #5)
  • Little Girls Lost (Carson Ryder, #6)
  • Buried Alive (Carson Ryder, #7)
  • Her Last Scream (Carson Ryder, #8)
  • The Killing Game
  • The Death Box (Carson Ryder, Book 10)
  • The Memory Killer (Carson Ryder, Book 11)
The Hundredth Man (Carson Ryder, #1) Blood Brother (Carson Ryder, #4) A Garden Of Vipers (Carson Ryder, #3) Little Girls Lost (Carson Ryder, #6) Buried Alive (Carson Ryder, #7)

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