The Night Stalker
Ballantine, 2008 (2008)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
The Night Stalker
, the second of his Jack Carpenter series after
, James Swain has an absolute, without a doubt winner. Be forewarned. Don't read the first page unless you have enough time to take in this action packed novel from beginning to end. It is that hard to put down.
arpenter has been called in to find the abducted grandson of Abb Grimes, a convict on death row. An ex-policeman, Carpenter now devotes his working time to locating missing children. While this takes a heavy toll on his emotions, the high from snatching a child from a pedophile is worth it to him.
rimes was convicted of being a serial murderer – crimes of which he has no recollection. Carpenter gets pulled into the case. His execution of methods used to recover missing children is indeed fascinating. What a shame that knowledge is necessary. Strangely, Florida seems '
to attract, and breed, some of the very worst abductors and serial killers
'. Hence, Swain's use of that state for Carpenter's workplace.
he police focus on Abb's son for the abduction of the child. Carpenter isn't convinced that the man is responsible and puts his life on the line to prove him innocent, and to retrieve the boy. Action in this suspenseful novel seems never to stop. Carpenter is a heavy hitter who works with the police department in certain instances. They know they need him but resent that fact. And the serial killings continue.
he blockbuster ending will make you glad you stayed up almost all night to read this. You can sleep peacefully now knowing the killer has been unmasked by Carpenter's clever and relentless digging into the case. I definitely look forward to more of Jack Carpenter.
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