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October's Children: A Marlowe Gentry Thriller

(Marlowe Gentry #1)

4.70  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Homicide detective Marlowe Gentry is back...because killing's always in season! Three six-year-old girls vanish from a playground in Red Weed, Alabama, and they aren’t the first. Two others have disappeared over the last five years, all in October. Marlowe Gentry and his team believe the abductions are part of a ritual, the kidnapper acting out some event from their past. ...more
Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published September 8th 2018 by Scarlet Galleon Publications, LLC (first published September 10th 2015)
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Jon Recluse
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Seraphim: a serial killer, who believes he has been chosen to free the suffering from their pain, is on a random rampage of unspeakable mercy killings.
Marlowe Gentry: a detective who had his life, family and career shattered by another serial killer, and is struggling to gather the pieces back together as he seeks redemption through revenge by proxy.
Been there, done that, right?
Yes, but not like this. Not by a long shot.
Mullican's debut thriller raises the bar on the genre, populated by a cast o
Nev Murray
"I could go on all night about this book. I loved it. And it’s a debut. Wow. Roll on book Two!

To summarise: Seriously? Just buy it."

See here for the full review:

A Coin For Charon
Matthew Cox
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A gripping psychological thriller with a heavy dose of metaphysics.

In A Coin for Charon, Dallas Mullican has created a gritty contemporary thriller with overtones of the paranormal. The author delves so deep into the head of the killer that the reader is right there with him, never quite sure if this is a madman or someone truly doing the work of God. As a delusion, it is portrayed with enough depth to the point of
The Grim Reader
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dallas Mullican arrived in 2015 with his debut novel 'A Coin for Charon' - a dark police procedural tale that introduced the world to Marlowe Gentry. This area of fiction is very crowded, so it's important that if you are going to write in that genre you are able to deliver the goods. Joe Nesbo, Ian Rankin, Henning Mankell are all authors whose books grace my shelves. Some of my favourite novels of the past ten years have come from these writers-particularly the Harry Hole books from Nesbo.

I mad
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll be 100% honest in first stating that I was given an advanced reading copy of this book that I would then in turn review.

So frankly I found this book a little hard to get into at first, not because of the way it was written or in that it was in any way lacking. But due the fact that most books that fall into this genre I had found to be lacking a certain something. I'd built up the idea that I would not like it before I'd started to read it.

Oh, how very, very wrong I was.

Strong characters w
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-stories
Well Dallas Mullican has done it again in this second book of his Marlowe Gentry series. This very well written and researched book shows he is really starting to master his craft .
After Marlowe Gentry and his partner Spence Murray close The Seraphim Killer case life should go back to normal but unfortunately for them but certainly not for us readers that doesn't happen.
First of all Gentry's daughter Paige and his girlfriend Becca are constantly at odds with each other with Gentry stuck in the
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful sentence can capture my attention in as immersive a way as a painting, movie, or song might. In fact, I consider authors to be artists who paint with words. That said, there are certainly levels of art in every platform. This is a written masterpiece.

I know I talk about characters a lot on the blog, but really they make or break a story. There are some deeply damaged characters in the lead roles of this story that instantly drew me into their own worlds, minds, and realities. As I s
Shannon Gardner
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dallas Mullican has done is again. Another great police crime thriller. Marlowe is back on the case. His partner Spencer is with him, along with Dr. Koop and a new investigator, Special Agent Lori Kline. Marlowe is the serious cop, Spencer is a quirky sidekick. Dr. Koop is the autopsy guru with a wealth of knowledge in a whole world of odd stuff. SA Kline is just finding her place within this group. Det. Bateman is also here when Spence is called away. They are all assigned to a new investigatio ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I had some mixed feelings when starting this book and was not really sure what to expect. The cover looks like a horror, the description sounds like a police story and in all honesty I tend to shy away from detective stories and the like. However there is just so much going on in these pages that before I realized it I was so totally immersed in these characters that I could not put it down. There is more to this story than a cop searching for a killer. This is also the story of the killer himse ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing read about a serial killer who believes he is acting out of religious calling and mercy for his victims. The story is filled with clichés and cardboard characters that don't rise above the stereotypes. Overdramatic at times and hampered by a very silly and unbelievable ending. The writing is ok but just doesn't have the punch to grab you and not let go. I've read too many quality serial killer novels to be much impressed by this middling effort.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marlow and the team are back and heading to Red Weed Alabama to help find three girls that have gone missing and they aren't the first . Others have gone missing in October over the past two years . With time running out and all the leads pointing to a ritual killer . Will Marlowe and the team be able to find the killer before the girls turn up dead .
This book is a little different then the other two . We have missing children and more players in the game this time . We have small town sherif
Jeremy Hanes
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Another chapter in the Marlowe Gentry series and it was awesome. Not only was it action packed but it was emotionally packed as well. Characters were so well conceived and put to paper. I truly love them all. I’ll never stop reading this series.
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book had me from the very first page , I couldn't put this book down. The author drops us right into the action. Detective Gentry is holding it together by a hair . Ever since the seraphim killers demise. His life is improving , his daughter is on the road to recovery , but is still struggling and has a long way to go . He has a love life which is going pretty good so far, but things are all that rosy between his daughter and his girlfriend . Which could just throw a whole kink into his li
Matthew Cox
The Dark Age is Dallas Mullican's second entry in the Marlowe Gentry series.

Detective Gentry is still trying to keep his career together with bubble gum and fishing wire. With the Seraphim killer behind him, he focuses on his family. His daughter is on the road to recovery, but still has a long way to go. His love life has taken a turn for the better, though it soon becomes likely that he's being forced into a corner where he has to choose between his daughter or the woman he loves.

An attempt to
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Coming off of the first beautifully written Marlowe Gentry Book I had very high expectations and I am tickled they were exceeded. You may recall the characters spoke deeply to me, that was the case again. In this part there was a lot of growth as the harsh realities of life forced the leads to reevaluate their lives on many levels. While I was of course thrilled to watch Marlowe grow, it was also really nice to get to know Spence on a deeper level as well. Again I was blown away by the insights
The Grim Reader
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Impressive debut!

Our protagonist for this, the debut novel from Dallas Mullican is Marlowe Gentry - a police officer who witnessed the brutal slaying of his wife and is now hunting a new serial killer. I didn't really know what to expect from this novel. Is it horror? dark fantasy? As it turns out its an incredibly well written and thoughtful police story. I am a huge fan of author Joe Nesbo. His Harry Hole books are some of the best crime fiction books out there and I found myself enjoying this
Shannon Gardner
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must have for anyone who loves crime thrillers. While reading this awesome book you feel what the characters are feeling. Sad, overwhelmed, happy, hopeful, cowed, frightened, angry and accepting. All of these feelings and many more are very intense. I know it sounds strange but that is how detailed and talented Dallas's writing is. I found myself sometimes laughing, crying and angry at the four main characters. But the most amazing feeling you will have is love. You will get to love al ...more
Al Campo
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[FULL DISCLOSURE: I received my copy of this book free from the author and/or publisher. I was not paid for this review and the opinion expressed is purely my own]

Dallas Mullican in his debut novel A Coin For Charon has written a briskly paced psycho thriller containing crisp dialogue emanating from well developed and sympathetic characters who become enmeshed with each other through the actions of a psychotic serial killer aptly named Gabriel. The story ties together the lives of a despondent h
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of receiving an ARC copy of this book some time ago. I spent the night debating the psychiatric diagnosis of the villain, and the motivations behind the killings. You should have noticed that I also have a verified purchase. That's because the book is so well written that I had to own it!

This book is wonderfully researched, and written, and engages the reader in a story that is hard to put down. I highly recommend this book. Mr. Mullican has a gift for written stories about se
Tina Marie
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Cops, killers, and psychos. Brilliant!

Dallas Mullican's second book is everything his first one was and so much more. Heart and soul, friends, family, deadly enemies and psychos.

We meet up with Gentry and the rest of the police force hunting down a serial killer, killing clergy. While that is all going on, home life is a bit stressful. How can Marlowe get everything and everyone together.

Throughout all this.... someone is out for revenge.

Dallas knows his stuff. Brilliant book from start to f
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-stories
This is the first book I've read of Dallas Mullican's and I can say "it will not be the last". I loved this book, from start to finish it has you really caring for the characters especially The Seraphim Killer. Dallas makes you care about the people by his words and description of their lives and how they all ended up where and how they live. How often can anyone say they were hoping a killer would not be caught. What he was doing was wrong but he also helped people find peace. I would definitel ...more
Darren Dilnott
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once every so often, but not often enough, something very, very special appears in front of you. Dallas Mullican has crafted a beautifully, powerful work of absolute brilliance. Magnificentally written, it was a pleasure to read. The cover itself is incredible, but even that pales against a story so meticulously shaped and sculpted, that you'll be utterly stunned to find its the authors first book. What incredible literary treats await is something to be very excited about.
Mark McLemore
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a review in Amazon, one I made before my discovery of this amazing Goodreads site. I don't know how to link it, but I will just say here- for a debut novel Dallas knocked it out of the park! Alleviated all my "debut novel reading fears" in the first chapter.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short but effective and beautifully written.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Marlow Gentry series and starts out a few months after the first book ended . There is a new serial killer out there and there is also an old threat coming back to haunt Marlowe . The new serial killer is out to kill those that have wronged him and using ideas from the inquisition . The other threat is from an old enemy who thinks that Marlowe killed his son and is wanting to terrorize Marlowe, Becca and Paige . I like that along with the Marlowe story Spence gets ...more
Thom (T.E.)
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Encountering the sirens at sea: a standalone short story. Multiple perspectives--but in the writing, not in different characters. We are given little sections of careful-but-quick detail as a man is put into position where he will face deadly temptation...and we are told with omniscient reliability of the fate that awaits, in stepwise fashion that pulls teasingly short of going gothically over-the-top. It's easy for me to say that I wish the author had gone one way or another--and the rhythms of ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MIND BLOWN!! Two simple yet powerful words when put together. A dark, as well as hope filled crime thriller that is so captivating, you begrudge any reason that forces you to put it down.
And THIS is a debut from Dallas Mullican, that's really pretty unbelievable, it's so polished and exceptionally well written, like he's been doing this for years.
I've seen him all around facebook town but our paths had never crossed until I friended him the other day (love my new authors) and he immediately gi
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-stories
This is the third book in the Marlowe Gentry series and each book tops the one before. Mullican's way with words draws you into the story and you find yourself totally engrossed in the characters lives and what is happening to them.
Marlowe and his team are once again called on to solve a case that pulls at your heartstrings. Marlowe is also watching an old friend go through the heartbreak and destructive course that he himself went through.
Can he solve the case and help his friend? I highly reco
Tina Marie
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dallas at his best

This second installment in Dallas Mullican's Marlowe Gentry series is amazing. It has it all...... murders, mayhem and mystery. A great who done it and why! Dallas' story telling draws you in and you are right beside the each character as they do Dallas' biding. A++ Brilliant.
Tina Marie
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The third book in Dallas' Marlowe Gentry series is at his best. As always, full of wit, suspense and some humor. Will leave you breathless and sitting on the edge of your seat. Will leave you wanting more. Looking forward to more Marlowe Gentry books. A+++++ Brilliant
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After spending twenty years as the lead singer of a progressive metal band, Dallas Mullican turned his creative impulses toward writing. Raised on King, Barker, and McCammon, he moved on to Poe and Lovecraft, enamored with the macabre. During his time at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he received degrees in English and Philosophy, Dallas developed a love for the Existentialists, Sh ...more
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