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The Edge of Sleep (John Becker #3)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  163 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A tantalizing thriller about a lethal pairing of two sociopaths who escape detection, in part because they don't fit the serial-killer bill. "David Wiltse is remorselessly skillful in capturing and holding our complete and breathless attention, " said The New York Times Book Review about Prayer for the Dead, the author's first novel featuring former FBI agent John Becker. ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Berkley (first published October 14th 1993)
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Sally Bisbee
David Wiltse wrote a series of books with a character by the name of John Becker, who was an ex-CIA agent. I can't even begin to tell you how good these books are. Unfortunately, he only wrote seven of them. Isn't that always the way???
Another superior novel of psychological suspense by Wiltse featuring John Becker, the legendary FBI agent with the customary haunting past. Though, the novel doesn't offer much in the way of brilliant deductive skills nor fascinating tidbits about investigative techniques that a good police procedural would offer, Wiltse excels in telling a gripping story peopled with interesting characters and amusing banter among different characters. A compelling novel about a psychopathic duo which was kidna ...more
Michelle (meshe)
I think this book is in the middle of a series featuring John Becker. In this one Becker is on an extended medical leave from the FBI but is pulled into a serial kidnapper/killer case by his former protege Karen Crist. Becker does a profile, but gets it all wrong. I would like more background on the kidnappers/killers. And having Crist's child become a victim was just a little too much. Other than those two things it was altogether a good example of one of my favorite genres...sick shit. I'll pr ...more
Absolute tripe
May 23, 2014 Jodi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, priority
John Becker 3
Hunt for serial killer of 9yo boys. Not a great deal os suspense but interesting characters. Shame though that too many of the main protaganists have a similar background. Most sympathetic character is Ash the criminal sidekick.
Despite this the pacing and writing is good enough to keep you turning pages.
Definitely disturbing but a thriller to the core.
Tamiya Shane
this book i thought was just so so. i did like the fast pace of it though.
Frightening in the light of what seem to be daily news events
Cruel and brutal, a parent's worst nightmare.
Pretty intense, page turner.
Jackie Simons
Read 12/94
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David Wiltse was born in 1940 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska and currently lives in a small town in Connecticut. He has written plays for stage, screen and television and won a Drama Desk award for most promising playwright for Suggs (first produced at Lincoln Center in 1972). Always popular with Bookhaunts readers, his novels include the John Becker Novels and ...more
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  • Prayer for the Dead
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