Archive | April 11, 2007

Anatomy of Fear

A Novel of Visual Suspense

Anatomy of Fear

By Jonathan Santlofer

ISBN:  978-0-06-088197-9  $24.95

William Morrow

An Imprint of Harper Collins

10 East 53rd St., New York, NY 10022

www.HarperCollins.com

Reviewed by Terry South for Bookpleasures

 

As an added bonus be sure to check out the video trailer starring the author Jonathan Santlofer and his artwork:

http://www.jonathansantlofer.com/anatomyvideo.html

(also on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaL97PkP1hs)

Also check out the HarperCollins sweepstakes where the winner gets their portrait sketched by Jonathan Santlofer:

http://www.harpercollins.com/features/anatomyoffear/

The setting is New York and Terri Russo a detective for the NYPD is called to the scene of a murder where she discovers a sketch of the victim alongside the body.  Russo is aided in her investigation by Nate Rodriguez, the police sketch artist.

Nate’s father was an undercover narc for the NYPD, Nate still very much disturbed by his fathers death, has managed to avoid doing any on the scene police work.  All this is about to change as Nate is drawn into the case, and maybe even further than he could have imagined.  Nate begins piecing together the face of the killer and he himself then becomes a target.

The killer also sketches people, his victims, and he uses his abilities to turn the investigation in a different direction.  You will find this story erupts with some explosive twists, so hold on for a heart pounding ride.

Jonathan Santlofer is also an artist and has his works displayed in several locations including museums.  He received his Masters of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute.  Santlofer began writing in 1989 after a gallery fire claimed five years of his works.  Anatomy of Fear contains both of his talents; his artwork enhances the strong compelling and intriguing plot, each complementing the other.

Santlofer has a steady flow of action and suspense with enough twists and turns to leave you with anticipation.  The characters are distinctive and interesting with qualities that make them believable.  The scenes are written with such a compelling impact that is gripping and makes this a genuine page turner to the end.

A guaranteed 5 star read.

Lost Echoes

Lost Echoes

Lost Echoes

By Joe R. Lansdale

Crime thriller

ISBN: 978-0-307-27544-8   $13.95

Vintage Books

A Division of Random House Inc.

1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

www.RandomHouse.com

Reviewed by Terry South for Bookpleasures

Lost Echoes is a story about a man named Harry Wilkes, who at the tender age of six came down with the mumps and developed a severe ear infection which affected his brain.  Harry’s mind would fill with images of past crimes and he could see the events taking place as well as see the faces of the people involved in the crimes.  Harry eventually develops a taste for alcohol as it helps him to suppress the images as well as the sounds contained within his mind.

Harry is in a bar one evening when he notices three men taking a drunk out through the back.  Harry knows what is getting ready to happen and decides to step in.  The drunk is Tad Peters and immediately he and Harry become friends.  Soon after Kayla, Harry’s first love comes back into his life, now a police officer she is determined to find her fathers’ killers.  With Harry’s ability he soon figures out that the men responsible for Kayla’s fathers’ death are connected to other unsolved murders.

Joe R. Lansdale has penned several novels in the genres of suspense, horror and westerns.  He has won many awards throughout his career.  He currently resides in Texas with his wife and children.

                   
Lansdale writes scenes with high impact and vivid details and accounts.  He incorporates the correct intrusive amount of twists and turns that leave you breathless and drawing you into the heart of the story.  The characters are so believable and you feel as if you have known them for quite some time, he is descriptive and adds that human touch to his characters.

An indubious 5 star read.