When bizarre and cryptic messages are found on a pair of corpses in Mobile, Alabama, junior police detective Carson Ryder and veteran cop Harry Nautilus find themselves in a mysterious public-relations quagmire pitting public safety against office politics. With the body count growing, Ryder must confront his family’s terrifying past by seeking advice from his brother, a violent psychopath convicted of similarly heinous crimes. Ryder finds himself falling for Ava, the striking pathologist processing the gruesome corpses. But Ava’s past holds its own nightmarish secrets. Ryder and Nautilus come to realize someone close to them is the killer’s ultimate target—and time is running out before the killer plans to strike again.
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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)
Born in Covington, Kentucky, in 1951, Jack Kerley studied art history and philosophy at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, before going into advertising as a writer and creative director. He left ad-agency work several years back to pursue novel writing, simultaneously writing on a freelance basis and substitute teaching. He lives in Newport, Kentucky. Mr. Kerley is married and has two children.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0007181582
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007181582
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0007181582 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1885880