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Hračkář

(The Naturalist #2)

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Profesor Theo Cray se kvůli podezřením, která ho obklopila po smrti jeho někdejší studentky,
a skandálním spekulacím poté, co byl zabit její vrah, se nemůže vrátit ke svému univerzitnímu výzkumu. Pokouší se tedy začít nový život v jiné oblasti, ale téměř proti své vůli je vtažen do dalšího nevyřešeného případu. Zoufalý otec pohřešovaného dítěte, jehož úřady odmítají vyslech
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Hardcover, 295 pages
Published 2019 by Kalibr (first published March 13th 2018)
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Patrick Sweeney I think the science and tech here are available at the highest levels of government (CIA, FBI, CDC, etc) but not available as inexpensive items you ca…moreI think the science and tech here are available at the highest levels of government (CIA, FBI, CDC, etc) but not available as inexpensive items you can just order off web sites as Theo does.(less)
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Liz
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio

Book two in the Dr. Theo Cray series has Theo with a new job and a new set of problems. He’s still managing to piss everyone off. When he leaves the job, he decides to take on another investigation. This time it’s a young boy who went missing 9 years ago in LA. Before long, he’s seeing signs of another serial killer.

The book has lots of supposed science and data management theories. I’m not sure how real they are. Theo truly is a bit of a jerk, smarter than most people and not afraid to tell th
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Michael Slavin
I loved the Naturalist (book 1 which I also reviewed), but book two in the series, Looking Glass, while it was well worth the read, it wasn’t quite as good to me.

The Good:
-Scientist Theo Cray is approached by a grieving father whose son is missing. Theo reluctantly agrees to help, then it takes on its own life.

-There is a serial killer that has been hunting there for many years. He takes children that almost no one would miss and the authorities won’t take seriously. The bones in the yard were i
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/20/...

Before I started Looking Glass, I made sure to clear my schedule for the rest of the day because I had a feeling I wouldn’t want to be interrupted. As it turned out, I was right. God help anyone who would have dared disturb me, it sure wouldn’t have been pretty! This was a book I finished in just one sitting, and in that time, you couldn’t have pried it loose from my hands with a crowbar.

This second installment of The Natu
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Lisa
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've decided that I would probably read just about anything by this author. This story made a huge impression on me, and Andrew Mayne has already been added to my "just buy it" list. I liked his character Theo Cray. His lone wolf style reminded me of my favorite book boyfriend Charlie Parker. "Without the supernatural bent." When and if the people he works for can be convinced that he knows what the heck he's doing, he'll be damn near unstoppable. The big bad in this story, the Toyman, gave me t ...more
Emma
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely superb! Possibly even better than the first one largely because it feeds into all my paranoia about cover ups! If you haven’t read these first two books in this amazing series, I suggest you do ASAP! Recommended.
Brenda
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m just as happy with this book as I was with The Naturalist! Dr. Theo Cray is gaining experience in hunting serial killers, and this book exposes him to a dark political underworld. I think I’m going to have to read Murder Theory, the next book, immediately! ...more
fleurette
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Wow, what an excellent thriller. I haven't read the first book in this series, but I will definitely do it now. I just wanted something like that.

This is not a book for people sensitive to cruelty, especially those sensitive to harm to children. But if you don't mind some gruesome elements in your books, you should definitely read this book.

Theo is not your standard detective or even an amateur sleuth, he is above all a scientist. After the events of the first book, he is involved in tracking do
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Juli
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Professor Theo Cray has a reputation as a rogue scientist willing to do anything to catch a killer. Having just used every scientific and investigative tool at his disposal to catch a serial killer in Montana, Cray is approached by a father whose son disappeared 9 years before. The police assumed the boy was involved in gang activity because the area of South California he disappeared in is known for violence. His father knows better. Cray agrees to look into it, and finds that a killer called t ...more
Lynn Williams
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 of 5 stars
It's ridiculous how much I'm enjoying this series - I love 'em.
RTF
marilyn
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book and the book before it, about the same character, are hard reading for me, since I'm not sure I understand even half of what the character is thinking. Of course the character has a way of thinking that makes him what he is and gives him the ability to see thing differently than most of us so my not understanding him isn't a complaint. I enjoyed the book, despite the violence, since the violence was meant to stop more violence. I wouldn't mind reading more books about Theo Cray's work ...more
Renee
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic read from Mayne!

I eagerly awaited the next book after the terrific book, The Naturalist. Of course, I was hoping this book would live up to the other one. I'm here to tell you it's even better.

I love the way the hero uses science as both his means to investigate and to capture the bad guy. The story was gripping and fast paced. An easy read even with the level of technical detail. I've read plenty of crime fiction, thrillers, suspense, etc and Mayne is, quite simply, one of th
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Liz Barnsley
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED the first Theo Cray thriller and I recently purchased the rest of the series to date and having read book 2 I'm glad I did.

These are real page turners, a mix of forensic, psychological and serial killer thriller (Well the first two have a serial killer anyway) and our main protagonist kind of fell into chasing after the first one and made a more conscious decision to go after this one. The hook here is these particular killers are off the radar and the way Theo finds them is like no othe
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LJ
First Sentence: Tiko kicked the deflated soccer ball down the alley, laughing as MauMau, the tan puppy with the chewed-up ear, chased it into the puddle, his too-big paws splattering mud and droplets everywhere.

Professor Theo Cray is trying to put his life back on track after having been responsible for the capture of a mass serial killer. The father of a missing child has been ignored by law enforcement and sees Theo as the last hope for finding his child. The only clue is the child’s bike sti
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 Reading Reindeer Cobwebbed
Review: LOOKING GLASS by Andrew Mayne [The Naturalist, Book 2]

LOOKING GLASS is the eagerly-awaited second novel/scientific thriller/criminal mystery in author/illusionist Andrew Mayne' s super fantastic THE NATURALIST Series. Computational biologist, mathematical and programming genius, Dr. Theo Cray (formerly Professor, University of Texas-Austin), is without a doubt my favourite protagonist. (I can only think of one other protagonist and one highly important secondary character I admire as muc
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Ed
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Computational Biologist Dr. Theo Cray is back in the sequel to Andrew Mayne's brilliant series debut "The Naturalist" looking into the disappearance of missing children in the LA suburb of Compton. Theo thinks there might be a serial killer operating for years under the radar targeting preteen boys. Compton PD and the FBI are unconvinced leaving Cray to pursue his uniquely innovative "out of the box" investigation solo. As he outpaces the FBI team's short sighted investigation, he's confronted w ...more
Eli Easton
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book immediately after finishing The Naturalist. I adored the first book and the second was nearly as good. The killer is quite different in this story--a sort of Voodoo boogey man. The ending stretched the vigilante theme, and reality, a bit too far IMHO. But nevertheless, this is still a white-knuckled read that kept me engrossed and I love the character of Dr. Theo Cray. I highly recommend both "The Naturalist" and this sequel.

You can read my longer review of The Naturalist here:
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Pat
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After thoroughly enjoying the first book in Andrew Mayne's The Naturalist series, and applauding how different from the usual sausage machine plots it was - this one blew me away. It could be sub-titled Revenge of the Nerds for that's what our chief protagonist is, brains not brawn win the day in this gripping tale.
Tom Swift
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Series

This is the second installment of The Naturalist series. Dr. Theo Cray started out as a professor, now he works in the murky world of national security. His talents are valuable tools for catching serial killers.
Mel
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Naturalist was my favorite ... until now!

I love the flow, the humor, the characters & creative twists in the storyline! The audiobook immersion is also good option! When is the next book! Can't wait to read more!
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Lynn (Smile24k)
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would actually rate this book 3.5 stars, but since that is not an option, I'm going to be a little generous and go with 4 stars.

This review will probably focus more on what I didn't like, so let me say first that I did like this book. The beginning and middle of the book really pull you in and there are points where you don't want to put the book down. I do most of my reading on my train commute to work and one day I actually missed my stop because I was so engrossed in this book! This book w
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Donna
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No longer welcome in academia, Theo Cray begins working as a consultant in an intelligence agency contracted by the government to seek out and interrupt terrorists. But he is disillusioned by the trade-offs the government is willing to tolerate. When contacted by the father of a missing boy, Cray travels to LA to help him and becomes embroiled in another search for a serial murderer.

In this second book of the series, Theo is more hardened and uncompromising and the tale is very gruesome, but non
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Teresa
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved book one. And loved the main character, Theo Cray, in both. This book is not as good as the first one, but still a really good read.
Brian's Book Blog
Andrew Mayne Scares The Heck Out Of Me

The second book in The Naturalist series - Looking Glass takes Theo Cray on a wild goose chase to find someone who has been abducting children, doing heinous things to them and making them disappear forever.

I don't usually get creeped out when I'm reading a book - but Andrew Mayne was able to do that to me about three times while reading Looking Glass.  The descriptions of certain scenes (I won't spoil anything but I will say the first time he finds the yard
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Debbie
Yes!!!! Looking Glass lived up to it's predecessor and was everything I hoped it would be. As I reader, I always worry that a sequel will not be as good as the first. My worries were unfounded. I loved every minute of this one almost as much as the first. I say almost only because there is nothing like the first love, the first intro to a beloved character, story and author. Firsts can never really be duplicated but Looking Glass is an excellent second. The author took everything I loved about t ...more
Tammy
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Another winning story from Andrew Mayne, with non-stop thrills, fascinating details about scientific and forensic investigation, and a smart main character who can solve just about any puzzle.

Andrew Mayne’s stories are just so damn fun! This is the second in The Naturalist series, starring Dr. Theo Cray, a brilliant comp
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Donna
Professor Theo Cray gets drawn into a years-cold case of a missing child who may have been taken by a serial killer.

Both the first and second volume of this series have been eminently readable. It's rare nowadays for me to stay up late to continue in a book - I'm all too aware of how crappy I would feel the following day. For 'Looking Glass', I did this. Thinking back, though, I liked the first book a bit better than this one. Book two had less science and logical thinking than its predecessor,
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Dave Packard
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Well written criminal procedural (?) follow up to the Naturalist. I especially enjoyed seeing the growth of the protagonist over the first book even though he still had a few foibles that almost cooked his goose!
Ashley
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as The Naturalist. I still really like the protagonist, but the plot of Looking Glass lost the gritty, science-driven crime novel feel and replaced it with a glitzed up CIA conspiracy theory line. Still a page turner, but with a much different feel than the first.
Richard M Luchini
A little let down

It did not galvanize me as the 1st book did. The characters in the story did not emerge and become real. Still it was a good read. The story line and cast was just thin and I hope Andrew returns to the deeper development of the characters as done in the Naturalist in his next book which I am looking forward to
Uzma
Why would you do this to me, Andrew Mayne?? Why? I had exams man. Exams I needed to study for..work to go to..classes to pay attention in. You can't write books like this that absorb you 100%! It's a crime!

As always, the guy wrote a brilliant book. Just enough lingo that I understood made it fast-paced enough for me to read and with enough new knowledge to keep me interested. Oh man it was a ride. What I liked about this book, given that it is a sequel, was that Theo Cray changed. Not enough no
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