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The Dead Letters

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  169 ratings  ·  13 reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Tom Piccirilli's The Last Kind Words.

Five years ago, Eddie Whitt’s daughter Sarah became the victim of a serial killer known as Killjoy, and Whitt vowed to hunt him down—no matter what the cost. But the police have given up. And Killjoy has stopped killing…and in some bizarre act of repentance has begun kidnapping abused infants
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Published September 26th 2006 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2006)
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Before beginning my review, let me share something: I have BOOK RAGE. Similar to road rage, but not as violent, book rage makes me feel emotions with great intensity. You see, for me, when book rage takes hold, I have a very difficult time separating myself from the story or character that has enraptured me so. Sometimes this is not so bad, maybe I’m really into a thriller or suspense story and I am having fun chasing the Bad Guy or figuring out the mystery. But sometimes, as in the reading of T ...more
Good story plot Of redemption and missing children my first from this author.Before staring the novel I thought this was going to be a horror novel ,due to being awarded the Bram Stroker award,but the story was more in genre of psychological thriller.
Whew - this is a compelling horror novel. I couldn't put it down. The author writes in the "literary" horror genre - not the blood 'n guts - shock 'em 'til you drop style, but a more subtle, thematic, and lyrical type of horror.

Eddie Whitt is on a mission to find his daughter's killer. Five years ago, his little girl was the first victim of a serial child murderer. Since then, his one true obsession has been to find the man who obliterated his life and kill him. Killjoy, the murderer, has stopp
Terrific thriller from Piccirilli about a father's obsession with catching a serial killer who murdered his daughter and then tries to make up for his crime. The main character Whitt is well-developed and the supporting cast, including Whitt's mentally ill wife, are nicely drawn as well. The mystery of the killer's identity keeps you intrigued throughout and the revelation is surprising and satisfying, as is the ultimate ending and fate of Whitt. The only drawback is a bit too much humor thrown ...more
What is the quote…? Ah yes, ”An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind”. And that is exactly what happens to Eddie Whitt. And that, in a really sick, sordid way, is why I loved him. In most movies and books you read, the parent becomes a vigilante with the powers and knowledge even the most skilled agents or soldiers don’t possess. Eddie Whitt plays out exactly how one would in reality; he doesn’t know it all, doesn’t always have those clever one-liners, and rarely has a plan. And ...more
Mike Kazmierczak
While I don't remember what first turned me on to reading Piccirilli, it's super easy to figure out why I keep reading him. His writing is strong, his characters well-defined and his stories engaging. Every book by him I finish cements his position as one of my favorite authors.

The Dead Letters follows Eddie Whitt as he refuses to let go of his daughter's death at the hands of a serial killer named Killjoy. Even when Killjoy changes his m.o. and starts delivering kidnapped babies from abusive ho
Tim Niland
Feb 13, 2012 Tim Niland rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Diane
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Just a few years ago, Whitt had the perfect American life: complete with a successful job, a beautiful wife and a wonderful baby daughter. This came to an end when his daughter was murdered by a serial killer given the nickname Killjoy by Whitt because "he has killed my joy." Now Whitt, leaner, more cynical and much more deadly lives in a small apartment supported by his father in law and former employer while his wife is institutionalized for chronic depression and self-destructive tendencies. ...more
I was dissapointed by this book, mostly cuz I had really high expectations of the author. I read "A choir of ill children" a couple of months back and it blew my mind! There was such dark, black&white, sincity kind of a feeling over it and when I picked up this book I was expecting something similar, but I did not get it :(

Its hard to explain - A father chasing the man who murdered his child, slowly loosing his sanity topped of with wierd letters and mad rantings of a cult should provide yo
William M.

Tom Piccirilli has been on quite a role over the last few years and he deserves all the accolades he's been getting. The quality of his writing is stellar - both original and deeply moving. I had some minor problems with a drawn-out fight sequence towards the end, but other than that, I very much enjoyed this thriller/mystery.

Although this is still in the genre family of horror, I would love to see him delve into straight horror one of these days. While he doesn't write with a t
Tom Piccirilli has written many classics across all genres, but this may be my favorite. It has great characters, gut wrenching emotion, dark humor, and a compelling mystery. If you haven't read Mr. Piccirilli you really need to correct that mistake.
At times the story was a little hard to believe but overall interesting.
Russ Dumanovsky
The first 100 pages or so were kinda slow but I stayed up until 3:30 AM finishing this book! Awesome!
What moved this from 3 to 4 stars IMO was the ending. I did not see it coming.
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