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Mantis (Fogarty-Tanaka Series)

Mantis (Fogarty-Tanaka Series) [Kindle Edition]

Richard La Plante
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In recent weeks, three young women have been brutally assaulted and murdered in the city of Philadelphia. Lt. William Fogarty, a time-toughened cop, hardened by personal tragedy, is shocked by the brutality of the crimes. His only lead comes from medical examiner Josef Tanaka. Half Japanese and half American, Tanaka, a skilled practitioner of the martial arts, claims to recognize the method used in the attacks: a karate strike known as nukite, or spear hand. Fogarty has nowhere else to turn.

An unlikely combination, Fogarty and Tanaka, forced together by circumstance and neither completely trusting the other, they conduct a desperate hunt, trawling the city streets of Philadelphia and into the dangerous underbelly of the killing arts.

Pursuing the Mantis, a creature who uses the flesh of his victims in a sadistic, macabre ritual of self-purification, while Fogarty and Tanaka endanger the lives of those closest to them as they inch perilously close to the precipice of their own worst fears and weaknesses.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Escargot Books Online Ltd.; 2 edition (27 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PG26IG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it so much I bought the follow up! 30 Sep 2012
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Got this as a 'free' book and, once started was gripped. A vicious serial-killer who I none the less reserved a tiny bit of sympathy for; his childhood has been so terrible, leaving him damaged and shaping his warped view of life. The detective and doctor determined to stop him; skillfully crafted characters that drew me into their lives and made me care, and will them to win the battle. That's all I will say, except that I have now bought the next book in the series, Leopard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fear the Mantis 12 Jun 2007
By Scott Masterton - Published on
"Mantis" by Richard La Plante is aptly named. The serial killer in this top notch mystery/thriller is an out of control martial artist that uses his pure mantis style martial arts to maim and then to sexually deposit his human "half" in the bodies of his victims before killing them.

This is the first of the Joey Tanaka/Bill Fogerty novels novels by La Plante, and in my opinion the best. What makes this novel particularly interesting (besides the obvious serial killer/martial arts hook) is that the three main characters (Tanaka, Fogerty and the Mantis) are all deeply scarred, damaged human beings. Josef Tanaka, half Japanese, half American coroner is tortured by the fact that he was directly responsible for the crippling of his older brother in the All Japan Karate Tournament. Detective Bill Fogerty's wife and daughter were killed in a firey car the detective feels responsible for. Fogerty himself was burned on one side of his face and wears his scars as a sign of his guilt. The "Mantis" was the product of an upbringing in which he was humiliated and sexually tortured; leaving him emotionally and physically scarred. Each man attempts to find his way past their own suffering: Tanaka and Fogerty in the service of justice and the Mantis in the service of death as a way to transcend the humanity that he hates so much.

"Mantis" is a tightly knit thriller that fans of "Silence of the Lambs" will find satisfying and enjoyable. It's also a great character study detailing the lives of three men and their seperate responses to the pain and tragedy in their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE MAKE THIS A MOVIE! 19 Jun 2009
By Gamer and reviewer - Published on
Hello ,this is a very special book ,my kung fu teacher turned me on to it ,while i was learning praying mantis kung fu from him ,and i gotta tell you ,this is a great book! seriously this book needs the big time hollywood treatment all the way ,please guillermo del toro ,sam raimi ,quentin tarantino ,eli roth ,or rob zombie ,please oh please make a movie out of this book ,it would be so much better than so many movies that have been made ,it would be very similar to hannibal ,or wow it is very hard to copare this to any movie out there ,what a great story .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mantis Richard La Plante 30 May 2012
By Martin Pops - Published on
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Well written and arresting but I would not recommend this book for emotionally well balanced people. It makes Silence of the Lambs look like a fairy tale.
Reminds me of Von Lustbader's earlier works. Graphic violence, raw sex,serial killer all adds up to a read which keeps you to the end in order to find out what happens to the sicko protaganist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 5 Dec 2012
By G.MAN - Published on
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If you love a story that makes you wonder what kind of mind could dream this stuff up. This is definitely is a dream come true, I really loved this book. Can't wait for many more in this series of characters. I feel as if I know what these characters look like, very descriptive writing loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Held my attention 27 Nov 2012
By Richard Darby - Published on
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Character development was well done. The story moved at a good pace and had several clever twists. A fun read.
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