Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Review: Spectrum

Spectrum
Spectrum by Alan Jacobson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

In 1995, a rookie cop fresh out of the academy named Karen Vail goes to her very first day at work. Her first day is anything but easy. A murder has been committed and the victim has been posed in a particular way and there seems to be very few clues left by the murderer. The case is nothing like the NYPD has encountered before.

Another murder is committed some time after, and another, and another. The victims have something in common -- the manner they were posed and killed. All of them were Greek women except for one -- a man connected to the mob. All victims have a cross marked on the back of their necks along with some letters. As much as Karen Vail feels there is something the "Hades" killer wants to tell them (the police), no one seems to pay her any attention.

Profiling was still in its infancy and most people in law enforcement thought of the practice as "mumbo-jumbo" But Karen Vail feels there is a lot more to the murders than meets the eye and learning about the connections, and reading the few clues there are, will help police in understanding why the murdered did what he did and who he may be.

Who is Hades and what does he want? What is he trying to say? Where is he hiding? Why does he do what he does?

Spectrum is a very exciting murder mystery. There are two stories that are being told in the book. Karen Vail's story as she enters the police force and goes on to build her career as a profiler within the FBI's Behavior Analysis Unit. The next story is that of a Greek family who have been through one tragedy after another -- fate just doesn't give them a break.

This is one very exciting book and reading it is a pleasure. The reader will definitely find it difficult to put the book down until the very end. There are many twists and turns which will keep readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end.

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