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Bed of Nails (SPECIAL X THRILLER Book 10) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Slade
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From deep within the high-security ward of a mental hospital, the Ripper plots revenge against Inspector Zinc Chandler. When Chandler responds to a bizarre murder at a hotel in Vancouver - a Hollywood producer suspended upside down like the Hanged Man card in a tarot deck, with a crown of nails hammered into his head - the Mountie becomes enmeshed in a deadly battle with the most implacable of psychotic enemies.

To solve that murder and the horrific killings that follow at the foot of Maltby Cemetery's 13 Steps to Hell and Ted Bundy's house, Chandler must look back in time to 1888, when London was terrorized by its own demented Ripper, and into the weird world of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.

His search takes him from a high-speed car chase with guns blazing in the streets of Vancouver to the fantasy realm of the Goths at the World Horror Convention in Seattle to a nail-biting climax in the Kingdom of Bones on the cannibal island of Tangaroa in the South Pacific, where Survivor is the game and Chandler an unwilling contestant.

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"BED OF NAILS electroshocks the reader into turning pages long into the night. It's a get-under-your-skin thriller with machine-gun dialogue and impressive real-world research. It's one heck of a ride, and definitely not for the faint of heart." - CNN

"Nerve-wracking. BED OF NAILS blends cunning whodunits with creepy psychos derived from Slade's criminal defense history." - Cemetery Dance

"Michael Slade is undeniably the best thriller writer of our generation." - Del Howison, Dark Delicacies

"BED OF NAILS is a paean to South Seas cannibalism. You’re never quite sure who the killer is until all the stops are pulled out in the thrilling climax. This bloody good yarn is well told, and seamlessly blends intensely researched historical fact with present day drama jacked up with brains, twisted sex, and buckets of gore." - Rue Morgue

"Slade's winning style is to reach down deep into his soul, find something that scares the hell out of him, and spin it into a story that will resonate." - The Vancouver Sun

"In 2001, Michael Slade was guest of honor at the World Horror Convention in Seattle. That conference forms the backdrop for BED OF NAILS. Slade is a raconteur par excellence who moves effortlessly from elaborating gruesome criminal cases to exploring scary cannibal caves in the South Pacific." - Montreal Mirror

"Now for something you can sink your teeth into. BED OF NAILS takes horror to a new level, with grisly murders and kinky sex." - Rose & Thorn

"BED OF NAILS could stand tall beside the horror-ific works of Stephen King." - Halifax Daily News

"A graphic, unflinching novel full of action, suspense, and intensity that turns the screws on its readers." - The Georgia Straight

"More squirm than a bucketful of worms. What makes Slade tales so addictive is not just the well-written shocks, but also the well-thought-out whodunits." - The Outlook

"Michael Slade is the king of psycho-thrillers, and BED OF NAILS contains incredible imagery that will give readers nightmares. Crime addicts who relish monsters wearing a human face must read a Michael Slade novel." – Harriet Klausner, Amazon

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Criminal lawyer Michael Slade has acted in over a hundred murder cases. He specializes in the law of insanity, and argued the last hanging appeal in the Supreme Court.

Slade was guest of honor at both the Bloody Words Crime Convention in 2011 and the World Horror Convention in 2001. He teaches "How to Write a Mystery Thriller" at Simon Fraser University.

Slade was guest speaker at the international Police Leadership Conference and several RCMP regimental dinners. Reader’s Digest says: "The Slade books have developed a strong following among police officers because of their strict adherence to proper police procedure."

Researching BED OF NAILS took Slade into the overgrown 18th century cannibal caves on Atiu, one of the Cook Islands in the S

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1152 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Headhunter Holdings Ltd.; 1 edition (24 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C119JM6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #348,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars RCMP Au Gratin 31 Mar. 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If nothing else, Bed of Nails is a milestone, the tenth volume in a series authored under the pseudonym of Michael Slade. Without exception, they belong in the hack and splash section of the bookstore. These are serial killer horror stories with a thin veneer of detective mystery story. One can honestly say that, regardless of which of the many authors is part of the current writing team, the stories are all almost identical in nature. Although the earlier books were a bit more varied in the details. Nowadays, a new Slade novel means someone is having Inspector Zinc Chandler for lunch again.

Slade stories always border on the zany, and Bed of Nails is no exception. In many cases, the only people who seem to be running on all cylinders are the victims. Another feature is unending details about everything from cannibalism and tarot cards to child abuse in the Canadian Bible Belt. I have mixed feelings about this because some of it advances the plot and some is just idle chit chat to fill space.
If you like gruesome, Slade & Co. are just the writers for you. Unfortunately the overall atmospherics (whacked-out killers, semi-competent Mounties, and sarcastic bystanders) lowers the impact of the gruesomeness. It brings you up short when you realize that you are reading a description of the discovery of the victims parts (and what the killers did with those parts) as if it were a comedy or errors.
As I've already said, nothing really has changed from the first book in the series. If you have liked them so far, you will like Bed of Nails. But they are getting a bit too cookie cutter and formulaic to gain excellent grades. Slade's writing, if you will, has failed to develop, despite the continuous rotation of authors. Besides that, if Zinc Chandler gets ground up once more there won't be enough of him for another story.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good...informative if not a little formulaic 3 Sept. 2003
By H. J. Spivack - Published on
I've read several Michael Slade books over the years and they have certainly been consistent. The books teem with psycho killers doing unspeakably nasty things to innocents and with the angelic qualities of their heroes.
But along the way, there is lots of well-researched history, alternating perspective and character building. For the most part, they are informative and interesting thrillers.
My only complaint is that the heroes are nowhere near as interesting as the villians (in Bed of Nails, I was rooting for the villian who, in interest of remaining spoiler free I will not reveal, to get the good guy once and for all). The heroes seem almost cardboard thin and just as stiff and the plot moves them around rather than the other way.
Jay, Rebecca, I enjoy your books and this one was very snappy. I like the con-geek segments as I've lived those as well. The mention of SCA brought a particular smile to my face as I've been a member for many years. Keep up the good work!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONGOING SAGA OF THE RCMP 23 July 2003
By Sladefan - Published on
Unlike a previous reviewer, I found this lastest edition of the fictional - based on factual - account of life in the world of the RCMP as related by Michael Slade to be another rousing good read.
I particularly like the detail provided at the end of each book based on the factual information used in creating the story.
I have been hooked on this series ever since the first offering (Headhunter), and frequently recommend this series to those interested in an ongoing mystery series with characters that continue to grow with each offering. They become old friends and I actually become interested in wanting to know more about them. I have a curiosity about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and it has been filled completely by this author.
There are few times I have ever found myself re-reading any book - but I have read all of the prodigious output from Michael Slade at least twice and I can't say this of any other current author.
If you find yourself in need of a good reading diversion - pick this one and all the others up whereever you can find them and give your brain a rollercoaster ride into the imagination of Michael Slade.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Slade's best!! 18 July 2003
By BurtKwok - Published on
I'm finding it hard to believe that Stone Junction has read the same book as me?!?! Remember the revenge Vincent Price exacted on his critics in Hammer's 'Theatre of Blood'? - maybe Ripper will get him for you Slade!!
A terrific book by one of my literary heroes.
Well worth tracking down
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BOOK TO DEVOUR... 31 July 2003
By Michael Butts - Published on
You have to give the writing team of Michael Slade one does the graphic novel as well. This father and daughter have given us the tenth in this series, and "Bed of Nails" is a book to devour. Cannibalism is the main focus in this one, but it's also the intense plot and that charming Zinc Chandler that propel this novel into its dark and blood-curdling ending.
Slade gives us another well-researched book, this time offering us information on the various cannibalistic tribes of the world; the voyages of Captain Cook; and even some delightfully trivial information on certain horror films.
The addition of the Horror Convention adds some fun atmosphere, as well. While not quite as fast paced as some of his earlier Special X novels, the story is interesting, and even though the identity of the Goth is no real surprise, it does have its twists. At least this time Zinc comes out relatively unscathed for a change.
Is "The Congo Man" our next Special X book..the ending with the Ripper certainly forbodes it.
Delightfully written, and admittedly gory, "Bed of Nails" is another winner in the Special X series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read With a Few Flaws 28 Mar. 2004
By Fred Rayworth - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have been a fan of Michael Slade since the beginning and always pick up the next novel as it hits bookstores. There have been a few that threw me because the heroes all seem to either die or get hacked up. At least Zinc Chandler has made it this far with most of his body parts!
I loved the way things ended in this story but my only criticism is the same thing several other people mentioned. Way too much background on cannibals and the South Seas. It is only a minor complaint. Because of his earlier books, I know what the red serge is and what RCMP means! I don't mind learning something new, but only so much! That's what non-fiction books are for!
Oh yeah, it doesn't hurt that he/she is an Alice Cooper fan either. Halo of Flies is one of my favorite songs. Rock on Michael!
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