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Grave Instinct (The Instinct Series w/Dr. Jessica Coran, ME., FBI Book 10)

Grave Instinct (The Instinct Series w/Dr. Jessica Coran, ME., FBI Book 10) [Kindle Edition]

Robert W. Walker
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A horrifying series of murders has shocked a stretch of America's southern heartland. Not only are women turning up dead, but the killer has removed their brains with chilling surgical precision.

A new murder has sent FBI medical examiner Jessica Coran to Jacksonville, Florida, on a search for answers to the most appalling murder spree she has ever encountered.

But even she can't anticipate the twist her investigation is about to take--one that will give millions of people a front-row seat for the next victim's death.
(This book is tenth in Robert W. Walker's Instinct series, and is approximately 105,000 words. It was originally published in hardcover.)

About the Author

Robert W. Walker is the author of more than forty thriller novels, including 11 books in the acclaimed INSTINCT series featuring FBI medical examiner Jessica Coran.

Praise for Robert W. Walker

"Masterful." -- Clive Cussler

"Ingenious." -- San Francisco Examiner

"Gruesome." -- The Sunday Oklahoman

"Frightening." -- Midwest Book Review."

"Bone-chilling." -- Publisher's Weekly

"Perfect for Patricia Cornwell fans." -- Mystery Scene

"Walker is a master at the top of his game." -- Jack Kilborn

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 760 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Instinct Ink Bks./ (15 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HNNW70
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,849 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am the author of some 55 novels, 40 of which were published via NYC publishers and all of which are now Kindle titles via books. I am a graduate of Northwestern University and hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Enlgish/Education. I have taught all manner of writing for over 30 years, and I have penned a few books in between. I was born in Corinth, Mississippi USA but I was raised from an early age in Chicago, IL USA. I won a full scholarship to Northwestern University on the basis of my first novel written while a Junior in high school at Wells High, Chicago. I was voted president of my Junior and Senior year of high school. Since then I have won a number of writing awards and great accolades and reviews for my Instinct and Edge Series, and my historical novels as well. I am primarily a storyteller and a crime writer. Even my historicals are about crimes in history.

I currently reside with my family in Charleston, West Virginia. My website is at and I maintain a presence on 3 Facebook pages including one for Titanic 2012 and another for writing advice and help under Robert W. Walker (Rob).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 21 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the fist Robert W. Walker book I have read and I am sad to say it will be the last, the story line was good, gripping almost, but the writing was a let down, I often found it confusing which characters were, and the description of each was extremely poor meaning it was hard to imagine how people were meant to look.The layout was very poor often missing speech marks. That being bad enough there were also a lot of what I hope were typing mistakes, if not then the guy really needs to go back to school.

The story line was good it was a good crime novel, the plot was good and exciting, but the mistakes ruined the whole thing for me. e.g. E)ead, which I assume is Dead, I started to make notes of all the mistakes I came across but eventually gave up as a bad job, and the guy assumes that you can put 've at the end of any word and it works.

I wasted time with this novel hoping that the mistakes would be worth it in the end, I was sadly wrong.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grave instinct 15 Feb 2013
By ichemat
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed reading this book - good plot, except for some typos which did interrupt the flow a bit. I have read all of the other books in the Instinct series and this is the best so far. I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets 2 Sep 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Rather than harm his wife and child, Dr. Grant Kenyon and his alter ego "Phillip" moved out of his home in New Jersey and trolled I-95 for females. Once Grant snatched the innocent young woman, Phillip would take over and surgically cut the brain out and eat it. He believes that eating fresh human brains will increase his awareness and achieve cosmic consciousness. Grant is modeling his behavior after Daryl Thomas Chockil "The New Jersey Ghoul" who dug up the bodies of dead children in 1990 and ate a part of their brain.
He was incarcerated in a hospital for the mentally insane but has gotten out a month before the skull-digger started killing his victims. The FBI immediately focus their attention on Daryl but medical examiner Dr. Jessica Coran thinks the real killer is setting up The New Jersey Ghoul to take the fall. She persuades her superiors to look for someone who keeps logging on to Daniel's website and after a ton of digging, they find a likely suspect but Jessica almost gets herself killed when she tries to take him in.
Robert W. Walker can always be counted on to create an exciting crime thriller with a villain that readers love to hate. Told from the point of view of the killer, the audience learns that the character suffers from multiple personality disorder but he is so evil, he illicits no sympathy. The novel is also told from the protagonist's point of view and readers sympathize with her feelings of impotence and frustration as she tries to convince her superiors to go after the right person, not the easiest one to blame.
Harriet Klausner
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Agree with Harriet --Doesn't Get Any Better 6 Jan 2006
By Nicholas - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Grave Instinct is a huge roller-coaster ride from start to finish. It begins at lightning speed and just gets faster from there. Those who can't follow Walker's complex sentences need to go back to school. His style is similar to Martin Cruz Smith -- Gorky Park. He's closer to Faulkner than to Hemmingway. So you don't find a lotta easy sentences and you can't go out for a snack until the scene is finished, but the payoff is amazing. My favorite author and I can't wait to jump into his Absolute Instinct and his new series City for Ransom.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What Happened??? 1 Aug 2004
By Can We Read? - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I eagerly awaited the release of this in paper back having read all previous Instinct books! The previous books were so well researched, Jessica was smart, savy and knew her proceedure inside out. Nothing slipped past her and she outsmarted everyone!

This book she is like a rookie patrolman. It's like someone else wrote this book and just filled it with shock value murder scenes.

Oh Mr. Walker, this is such a disappointment!
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This one must have been "Mailed In" 4 Sep 2004
By E. Waltz - Published on
I agree with all of the previous negative comments, and I won't repeat points they made.

I have never read this author before, but picked up this book at the library based on numerous plaudits on the (paperback) book. Based on this one, I won't bother to read any others. I don't write many reviews, but I was moved to write this one just to warn others away.

First, I will say that the basic premise of the book was intriguing and sufficiently interesting that I read it completely through. Maybe my frustration comes from the fact that the story development was handled SO poorly. (It coulda been a contender)

The book is riddled with

-- errors, like "Angora" [not Angola ??] Prison, "Pittsburgh Pennsylvania University" [not the University of Pittsburgh] Steps leading to a house are made out of cypress-- when a few pages earlier, they were made of cedar. Supposedly the bobbing movement of the room shown on a video help the good guys to figure out that it is on a boat. But the camera and room are fixed in position on the same boat, so there would be NO apparent movement in the video.


-- hackneyed or unrealistic plot devices Split personality is a very rare condition used far too often in fiction, so perhaps I shouldn't complain. But, eating fresh brains is so compelling that even police pick up the habit quickly ?? We're told that a hurricane is hitting to the south, close enough that local helicopters have been sent down for rescue work. But around here, the air and water are so calm that the fog is inpenetrable ?

I don't understand why there are so many unconnected vignettes of unknown people reading mostly technical material about brain anatomy on web sites. It comes across to me as if some research assistant had taken the trouble to copy that technical information down, and the author had to fit it in SOMEWHERE.

Enough. I fear that I have already devoted more brain energy to this book than it deserves.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain Stem should be the title... 13 May 2006
By MPW - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a remarkable, fun, scary forensics forray and a forray into the madness not only of one maniac but many, and the madness of our law enforcement systems, especially the prison system which allows a crazoid like Manson to deliver his rantings on his website to potentially "poison" young minds. This is cutting edge stuff and recalls to mind themes Walker wrote about in his first Edge book, Cutting Edge, in which it is noted anyone with a PC or a Mac today can and does often set him or herself up as a demi-god or a conduit from God. Walker always deals with complex issues, and perhaps this is why his readers are so loyal to him. They know with each of his books they will get into meaty issues, and this is no soap opera as with so many other forensics titles that fall far more into the category of romance or as i said soap opera. I liken Walker's books to a TV drama that you CAN'T sleep or blink through or step away to make a sandwich, or drop the ball, because everything in the drama matters. There are surprises on every page. There is action on every page. As for the person calling herself traffic cop...for a traffic cop to be telling Mr. Walker he does not know anything about forensics, well that is crazy, isn't it?? Suffice to say that this book is a TEN. And don't miss FleshWar, and Mr. Walker's Geoffrey Caine novels on Fiction Wise now, and the return of the Chicago ME Dean Grant on Fiction Wise as well. But most of all don't miss his City for Ransom.
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