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The 7th Victim by Alan Jacobson
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Jul 27, 10

bookshelves: mystery

This book was the equivalent of a popcorn-muchin' Hollywood blockbuster. Not that THAT is always necessarily a bad thing. A wonderful psycho villain, tons of bloody violence, multiple flawed heroes, and lots of twists. I read it in one sitting, quite engrossed by the story line. And oh, how I love my FBI plots! The whole BAU/BSU bit is a plus.

However...

There were a few too many characters, and let's be honest - I don't care what gender, what training, what experiences you've had; if YOU went through half of what our protagonist did, you'd be a gibbering mess. Maybe only 2 or 3 life-changing, gut-wrenching incidents for our plucky heroine next time, huh?

Ultimately, I really enjoyed the way Jacobson writes. As much as I can dig a Patterson 'Alex Cross' book, you always have to suspend belief a good amount. Not here. The realism, cynicism, and politics of law enforcement sucks... another reason those folks are heroes.
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