The Postcard Killers
James Patterson & Liza Marklund
Little, Brown & Co., 2010 (2010)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ere's a new take on serial killers - not a surprise in a thriller by James Patterson, though with a new writing partner this time in European star Liza Marklund. An attractive young couple, Sylvia and Mac who claim to be celebrating their honeymoon, litter European cities with the posed corpses of other young couples. How posed? In the manner of local works of art.
hough way out of his jurisdiction, NYPD detective Jack Kanon has a good reason to hunt the killers - they murdered his daughter Kimmy and her fiancÚ in Rome six months before, and it was Jack who gave them the trip as a Christmas present. He doesn't eat, drinks steadily, and contemplates suicide - but he has a job to do first. The killers send a postcard to a reporter in each city where they do the deed. Jack knows he should be able to glean something from the cards and the poses but lacks local knowledge.
nter Swedish reporter Dessie Larsson (most of whose family are criminals). She receives a postcard from the killers in Stockholm. Jack finds her and demands her help. He also inserts himself into the Swedish investigation. After Dessie identifies the Swedish art the
mimicked, her discovery opens up a series of leads that culminate in the arrest of a young American couple for multiple murders and petty theft. They hire a copyright lawyer.
nd of story? Not so. It seems that twins Sylvia and Malcolm Rudolph have alibis for key dates. They are released, despite Jack's objections. He flies to Los Angeles to investigate their backgrounds, before returning to Sweden and Dessie, to follow up on further Scandinavian murders. Certain they're on the track of the real
, Jack and Dessie follow a trail to Finland, with a little help from Dessie's criminal cousin.
he Postcard Killers
is another gruesome and gripping chiller, with all of Patterson's trademark shockers and enhanced by Liza Marklund's European connection. Fans will devour it.
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