A darkly compelling serial-killer novel introducing the next big name in psychological thrillers and, in Carson Ryder, a fascinating and complex protagonist set for many books to come. A headless male torso found in the sweating heat of an Alabama night is assumed to be that of a murdered prostitute, killed in a moment of passion. The Chief of Police would have it so, but Detective Carson Ryder sees something else: the deliberate placement of the remains, the lack of blood, the bizarre messages inked into the victim's flesh. Ryder has become a local celebrity after solving a series of brutal murders a year earlier, but his reputation is built on a terrible secret, stemming from his childhood -- a secret he has kept from even his closest friend. Another torso; another, even stranger, message -- and the victim this time is no prostitute. Chasing shadows while their boss relentlessly undercuts their progress, Carson and his partner begin to suspect that someone close to them is the killer's ultimate target. And their only hope of catching the murderer lies in apparently meaningless ramblings written on corpses ...and the advice of a twisted sociopath. Recalling Michael Connelly's taut storytelling and James Patterson's searing narrative twists, The Hundredth Man thunders to a stark and chilling revelation in a riveting psychological thriller instantly confirming the newcomer as a master of suspense.
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"The Hundredth Man has a crackerjack plot and wonderfully original rapid-fire prose. Jack Kerley is a writer to watch. And read."
--David Baldacci, New York Times bestselling author of Split Second
"Kerley's first novel is explosively good, a nuanced look at the dark underbelly of contemporary society that reads like a cross between Thomas Harris and F. Scott Fitzgerald."
--The Sun (Baltimore)
"[The Hundredth Man is a] narrative locomotive of a first novel. Kerley jacks up the tension effectively with nicely placed jumps between Carson's narration and the tortured thoughts of the killer, building up to an all-stops-out climax. ... Powerful. ... Compelling. ... Kerley's plot is a treasure chest of interlocked pieces."
--Booklist (starred review)
"The Hundredth Man is a distinctive thriller that starts out with a most unusual bang and leads leading junior police detective Carson Ryder and his veteran partner to investigate what's behind the sudden surge of corpses on their Mobile, Alabama, beat."
"This is a pitch-perfect psychological thriller."
--Library Journal (starred review)
"A serial killer novel with a difference: smartly written, densely plotted... The whole story is told in prose as inventive ... as a fight to the death between embattled virtue and monstrous evil ought to be."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Jack Kerley worked in advertising and teaching before becoming a full-time novelist. He lives in Newport, Kentucky, but also spends a good deal of time in Southern Alabama, the setting for The Hundredth Man. His love of the suspense genre was sparked at age thirteen, when his father gave him a collection of Saint stories by Leslie Charteris. Other cited influences include William Shakespeare, Louis Armstrong, and any large and moving body of water. Jack Kerley is married with two children.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0007180586
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007180586