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The Thief of All Light

(A Santero and Rein Thriller #1)

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"Tense, fast, and excellent--I loved this book."
--Lee Child

From veteran police detective Bernard Schaffer comes a powerful new thriller that crackles with authenticity, page-turning suspense, and spellbinding glimpses into the criminal mind . . .

"It was one thing to fantasize about evil, to reach into the darkness and play with it a little . . ."

Rookie cop Carrie Sante/>/>--Lee
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Wendy
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unputdownable!
Veteran police detective and author Bernard Schaffer gives us a powerful new thriller in the 1st book of his Santero and Rein series, "The Thief Of All Light".
Rookie police officer Carrie Santero has always been fascinated by serial killers. In her small Pennsylvania town she had an encounter with a child murderer that haunts her to this day. Now on the force she finally has a chance to make a difference. She enlists the help of Jacob Rein, a brilliant but damaged forme
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Bandit
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The rookie female cop teaming up with an older traumatized male detective to solve crimes is a formula done to death both in tv and books. The only thing setting these stories apart now is the quality. And here the quality is definitely present, mainly in form of a particular authenticity the author brings from his work as a police officer. Actually it’s quite impressive how many books he has written considering his occupation, but then again some manage their time more optimally than others. So ...more
Theresa Smith
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Police procedural crime thrillers are my favourite within the crime genre, their gritty authenticity elevating them far above the growing body of domestic noir thrillers that are saturating the market at present. The Thief of Light is top shelf crime fiction, a sophisticated combination of police procedural with psychological thriller. The author, Bernard Schaffer, is a police detective himself, and this shows in the realistic edge that permeates the entire narrative. Some things you just can’t ...more
Robin Loves Reading
A story about detectives written by a detective. In this thrilling start to a new series by Bernard Schaffer, Carrie Santero is a rookie cop who has managed to become a detective in the small town of Pennsylvania where she lives. Carrie has always had a fascination with the criminal mind. When she was a teenager, she wrote a letter to Charles Manson. Now, she faces a killer that is much too much like Manson.

Carrie is facing a child murderer. She is training and has the help of a form
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Nicole
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, 2018
I always enjoy a good thriller, and this definitely is a good one. I peeled through the last hundred pages, desperate to know what would happen. It’s obvious that Schaffer has experience in law enforcement. His characters are multi-dimensional and complex. Their voices and struggles are vivid and clear. He depicts real life, even the unthinkable, and makes you endure it. Some of it was rough... real hard to read... I was reading through the slats of the fingers covering my eyes. But I had been h ...more
Mandy White
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
I just could not get into this book. It was extremely well written but the story was just average for me. I think the rookie cop and the seasoned professional storyline is a bit overdone now. I really thought this would be my kind of book- a killer that modelled himself on famous serial killers. But it just wasn't for me, although I see that plenty of people have enjoyed this book. Maybe just not the right time for me to read it.

thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the adv
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Margaret Yelton
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow! My first book by Bernard Schaffer but it certainly wont be my last. I love suspense/thrillers yet at times they can be so one dimensional, its like you are reading same books over and over again. I can honestly say with this book you get drawn into the storyline because the the incredible writting on the author and his first hand knowledge of police prodecures. He can bring an intensity to his books that most authors aren't able to do. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
BookGypsy
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-author
This was my first read by this author. It was a fast paced crime thriller that kept me up late reading it. I love crime stories and this wasn't just another crime fiction read, It was fresh and suspenseful with twists that kept me on edge. Dark and twisted. I loved it. I'll be looking for more from this author.

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Cathy Geha
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Thief of All Light by Bernard Schaffer
Santero and Rein #1

Murder mysteries with serial killers are not uncommon but this one is uncommonly good. After starting to read I could not put it down. The Santero – Rein team had the rookie wannabe detective eventually teaming up with an older scarred detective no longer on the police force and the two together was one that I “got” and enjoyed watching. The serial killer was devoid of humanity and if there was anything that I might h
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Paula Burns
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Thief of All Light (A Santero and Rein Thriller #1) by Bernard Schaffer. I used to read all the time, then life happened! This by far was my favorite read since my last John Grisham book. A few of us purchased the book, no words except I was addicted. I read the book front to back in 2 days. Every time I went to put it down, I wanted to know what happened next. Definitely a THRILLER! The author Bernard Schaffer is the real deal! A veteran police detective who I recently read solved a cold c ...more
Karina
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Thief of All Light by Bernard Schaffer is a terrific start to a new series. Once I started reading I could not put it down it is spellbinding with page turning suspense. The Thief of All Light can easily be read in an afternoon it is a very quick read. This book has all the twists and turns that will keep you guessing throughout. It is both terrifying and thrilling. I read book # 2 The Unsettled Grave first but it did not take anything away from this book. Both books can easily be read as st ...more
Brittani
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! I devoured this book in a day and a half simply for the fact that I just couldn’t put it down. I felt invested in the characters and needed to know what was going to happen next. The authors knowledge of the police world is a huge asset to this story, it makes you feel like you are right there with them for the ride.

The killers m.o. was something I haven’t seen before in a story and it was fascinating. The final five chapters were a whirlwind of nerves and emotions and I feel it ende
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Lanny Larcinese
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book. Schaffer has written a gripping crime/mystery with a scary murderer, sympathetic victims, and police characters who are real people with inner lives--vs. righteous warriors for some idealistic abstract "justice." His real life experience as a detective captures the humanity and mundane aspects of being a cop, rendering his fictional cops as likable and identifiable. The writing is excellent, e.g., it's hard to beat a line like, "The best cop advice I ever got was tr ...more
Courtney Cantrell
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Schaffer's latest offering is a brilliant page-turner from start to finish. I lost sleep over this book because I just couldn't put it down! The plot is compelling and had me worried for the good guys again and again. Schaffer develops his characters with depth, color, and intensity that show him a master of his craft. I can't wait for the next Santero & Rein! 10 out of 5 stars.
Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-stars
Having read The Unsettled Grave by Bernard Schaffer it was only right to read the first book in this series (although not required to understand the two separate stories). It was to get to know better the relationship between Santero and Rein. And again it did not disappoint.

Here we find out how they met and how fierce their commitment to catching the bad guys keeps them going. Again they are hunting down serial killers. This one is more personal for Santero because she knows the peo
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RJ McGill
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 18challenge, reviewed
Meet Carrie Santero -a hungry, young, female detective taken under the wing of an older, experienced Chief Bill Waylon. Now I know we can usually change the names and the story is the same. Not this time. Bernard Schaffer has been writing and indie-publishing for years. Honing his craft. Surrounding himself by the most respected writers today. He has also worked in law enforcement. Allowing himself to sit face to face with the worst of the worst. Society hears the carefully worded news reports s ...more
RJ McGill
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 18challenge, reviewed
Meet Carrie Santero -a hungry, young, female detective taken under the wing of an older, experienced Chief Bill Waylon. Now I know we can usually change the names and the story is the same. Not this time. Bernard Schaffer has been writing and indie-publishing for years. Honing his craft. Surrounding himself by the most respected writers today. He has also worked in law enforcement. Allowing himself to sit face to face with the worst of the worst. Society hears the carefully worded news reports s ...more
Jarrel
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sadistic. Sadistic. Sadistic.

I can say it a thousand times but I'll say it thrice on here.

Approaching this book and thinking that the author has some keen desire to watch people suffer at the hands of a serial killer is foolish. In fact, the author clearly demonstrates the evil behind it. He somewhat shines a light at the mental illness and obsessive nature Americans have for serial killers or repeat violent offenders. Offenders from both sides of the law.

But what caught my attention the most
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David Hulegaard
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely could not put this down. You’ll probably see a lot of reviews for this book saying that. There’s something agonizingly infectious about Bernard Schaffer’s writing, and THE THIEF OF ALL LIGHT is no different. Schaffer’s real-world law enforcement experience lends incredible authenticity to this brilliant story about a fledgling cop and a seasoned but conflicted veteran detective’s pursuit of a serial killer.

This is in no way your average serial killer, however. This is a
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Amanda
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The Thief of all Light by Bernard Schaffer is a grisly, gruesome tale of a young Detective who wants a big break. She wants a case that will be her big break. The thing that helps her reach detective. Coming with a right hook is an omnikiller, someone who is out to mimic some of the cruelest serial killers to date. Carrie, the young female detective, is a simplistic character at time. She is a bit bull headed, but talks too much. She also has a tendency to not stand up for herself, which is evid ...more
Joan
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Rookie, wannabe-detective Carrie Santero teams up with veteran cops Bill Waylon and Jacob Rein to stop a copycat serial killer.

This edgy police procedural builds suspense through its rush to apprehend a serial killer before he strikes again. There’s no mystery about who’s who and who did what, but the tension builds as the police race to find a missing woman and child who may well be in the hands of a deranged killer who’s trying on different serial killer personas. At times, however
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Miss W Book Reviews
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars to The Thief of All Light, which is the first book in the Santero and Rein Thriller Series. I love murder mysteries with serial killers! There are alot of them out there but none which I read that are this well written. The Santero-Reid characters are partners with the rookie wannabe detective teaming up with the older detective not even on the police force. The author perfectly crafted the characters for this detective team. The serial killer was dark with no humanity in his bones, whic ...more
Chrissy 📚Books R Magical 📚
All I can say is WOWZA!!! This is one heck of a roller coaster ride of a thriller. Bernard Schaffer knows how to grab you right from the beginning and keep you hooked right till the very end. I read this book in one sitting. This book has such a raw, realistic feel that is hard to find in a lot of your Psychological Thrillers. But Bernard’s law enforcement background brings this book to life with some gritty characters and such pure RAWNESS which will leave you thinking about this book long afte ...more
Anthony
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

A young police officer working her way towards her first investigation discovers a gruesome killer unlike anything the police world has seen before has made their way to her town, and only with the help of a seasoned yet haunted detective can she hope to stop the killer in author Bernard Schaffer’s incredible thriller “The Thief of All Light”. Here is the synopsis.

The Synopsis
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Angela Sanford
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Thrilling Read !

Author Bernard Schaffer has written a book to keep you on the edge of your seat! Officer Carrie Santero is a rookie with the dream of becoming a detective one day. A young girl goes missing and Carrie feels there is nothing to it. Until her best friend Molly and six year old daughter, Nubs never come home from the park. After receiving a disturbing photo on her phone, Carrie and Chief of police, Bill Waylon seeks the help of his former partner, Jacob Rein. Rein is known
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Bernard Schaffer
The Thief of All Light (A Santero and Rein Thriller Book 1)

I am blown away with the entertaining, clever, and just-complex-enough storyline of The Thief of All Light . Wow what a start to a new series. From the opening page the author sucks you in to the story and as the book progresses the twist and shocking revelations keep you on the edge of your seat. This is so, so good!
I am now absolutely hooked on this series and can't wait for more books to come o
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Louetta Waters
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Thief Of All Light is a psychological Thriller/ police procedural.
Oh. My. Gosh! One of the best thrillers I've read this year! I knew I was hooked from the first sentence! It took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions! The ebb and flow of the authors writing is wonderful and keeps your attention..keeps you guessing...makes you yell at your book (lol). Yet he adds light moments to take off some of the rawness that will have you holding your breath! The plot is suspenseful. The charact
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Tanya Eby
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific start to a new series, and I certainly hope there will be more books. Schaffer writes with such authority about police work that I felt like I was really inside the department. His style is literary in nature, but it doesn't slow down the action at all. There's a slow build as characters' stories are fleshed out. I found myself deeply engaged with that terrific feeling of What Happens Next that keeps making you turn the page. I've read some of his other books, but this one is ...more
Johnny  Reads
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers, audiobooks
The Thief of All Light is a fascinating read. This is not your typical police procedural thriller as the author with his own experience as a cop has given both the characters and the plot a realism you rarely find in fiction. The story follows Carrie Santero a rookie cop and aspiring detective. Carrie is a smart and well developed character with some personal baggage. Then there's Jacob Rein a former detective disgraced and living in a self imposed hell. As the two get together along with Carrie ...more
ci
This was my first, but not my last, book by Bernard Schaffer. He is an amazing and talented author with a lot of knowledge, which shines through in this book.

The characters are awesome, even those you dispise. Carrie had me so angry on numerous occassions, but I LOVE her. I feel for Jacob and I truly hope he can get over his past. I'm rooting for him and Carrie. As for Bender, I am NOT a fan!

I truly love when a book can make me so angry that I want to throw my kindle acro
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Bernard Schaffer is the author of multiple novels, including the Santero and Rein Thriller series, and a non-fiction book studied at universities and police academies all across the United States. But that's not all. 

In addition to writing, he is a full-time police detective (active duty, not retired), former child actor (retired, not active), and father of two children.

He credits his
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