The Death Collectors (Carson Ryder)

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In 1972, on the day of his sentencing, renowned artist and serial killer Marden Hexcamp is shot dead in the courtroom. Members of his Mansonesque band of followers are imprisoned or simply disappear. Fast-forward more than thirty years: A suspected prostitute is found murdered in a candlelit motel room, the first in a series of horrors suggesting Hexcamp’s art remains alive and treacherous. Following a trail of beautiful – and profoundly disturbing – artwork, homicide detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus descend into the shocking world of the Death Collectors, people who spend vast sums to collect serial-killer memorabilia. As Ryder and Nautilus race to solve a thirty-year conspiracy, it becomes sadly evident that at the intersection of art and madness, death is beauty, tragedy a memento, and suffering suitable for framing.

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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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The renowned Dick Hill is known for a drawl that he can accelerate to a fever pitch when necessary. For this novel he adds an odd Southern lilt that transports listeners to the bayous. He somehow pronounces words like "word" as "woid" without making it sound like a Brooklyn accent. He gently guides listeners through a convoluted plot involving a deceased serial killer who left behind a collection of prized paintings that show glimpses into his disturbed mind. Hill's renderings of Homicide Detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus as they work to solve the mystery of who is killing for the art are perfect for the work. M.S. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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