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The Devil In Me by J.D. Carpenter
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May 08, 10


I rarely read serial killer books as they all follow the same formula: a cat and mouse game between a killer who leaves distinctive clues and an unorthodox detective. So the question is, does this book bring anything new to the genre?

Unfortunately no. It is a collection of cliches; the troubled detective, tension with the new partner, the wounded friend lying in hospital while everyone waits to see if he will pull through, the set-up that goes wrong, etc, etc. It's all been done a million times before.

At 261 pages it's not a long book, but most of the middle is unnecessary padding. The writing is plain, there is no atmosphere and very little description.

So why did I read it? Because I thought the literary angle of the killer might add something new and different.
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