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Jack of Spades by James  Hankins
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JACK OF SPADES, by talented James Hankins is a cop police procedural and suspense crime psycho-thriller, with a twisted serial killer, a freaky cartoon voice, a mask . . . slashing body parts and torturing his victims.

Detective John Spader caught a serial killer which terrorized Massachusetts; however, on a technicality –the murderer was left to roam and kill again. Spader has never forgotten this, nor has the media. Now, two years later, another serial killer is back, or could it be one in the same?

A killer, disguised as an alien with a robotic high pitched voice of a cartoon character, wearing a mask of Galaxo, Starboy Avenger – gives his victims a choice of body parts to eliminated, torturing them. He is wicked, evil, sick and twisted and John is driven to put this wacko behind bars.

Comic book villains and crime thrillers alike will enjoy this psycho thriller, especially if listening to the audiobook, narrated by Arthur Morey with his chilling and eerie voice (creepy), mimicking the cartoon character, with his sicko squeaky voice, alternating smoothly to the other voices.

Hankins brings in some human dynamics and humor with the personal life of Spader, from son, ex-wife, and girlfriend. Without giving away too much, look for relation to the meaning behind the card, Jack of Spades.

Charming, resourceful, personable and easy-going best define the Jack of Spades. Blessed with a creative mind, the one-eyed Jack of the deck manifests easily the object of their desire. A challenge for them is to operate with integrity and honesty.

As always, enjoy Hankins’ inspiration behind the book and love his mix of genres with DRAWN, BROTHERS AND BONES, and his new upcoming SHADY CROSS, coming Feb 24, 2015. Was fortunate enough to have received an advanced reading copy. If you have not read his other books, you are missing out. If you enjoy intense, well-written page-turner thrillers, he is your “go to” author.

Currently, I am loving these gifted male crime thriller writers and ones to watch: Paul Cleave (New Zealand), Thomas Enger (Norway), and (US) authors, Adam Mitzner and James Hankins (and by the way they all are smokin’ hot and easy on the eye)– take a look! Of course, Grisham and Iles are in the mix; however, need some new blood to keep it interesting.

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Reading Progress

November 19, 2014 – Shelved
November 19, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
December 6, 2014 – Started Reading
December 6, 2014 – Shelved as: 2012-and-older-books
December 6, 2014 – Shelved as: james-hankins
December 6, 2014 – Shelved as: audiobook
December 7, 2014 –
December 9, 2014 – Shelved as: mystery
December 9, 2014 – Shelved as: thriller
December 19, 2014 – Shelved as: books-read-in-2014
December 19, 2014 – Shelved as: crime-thriller
December 19, 2014 – Shelved as: comic
December 19, 2014 – Shelved as: psychological-thriller
December 19, 2014 – Finished Reading

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