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The Rule Book [Kindle Edition]

Rob Kitchin
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It is April in the Wicklow mountains and a young woman is found dead, seemingly sacrificed. Accompanying her body is Chapter One of "The Rule Book" - a self-help guide for serial killers. The case is assigned to the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation and headed by Detective Superintendent Colm McEvoy. Since the recent death of his wife, McEvoy is a shadow of his former self - two stones lighter with a wardrobe of ill-fitting suits, struggling to quite the cigarettes that killed his wife, and still getting used to being a single parent. Less than twenty-four hours later a second murder is committed. Self-claiming the title 'The Raven', the killer starts to taunt the police and the media. When the third body is discovered it is clear that The Raven intends to slaughter one victim each day until "The Rule Book" is published in full. With the pressure from his superiors, the press, and politicians rising, McEvoy goes after a killer that is seemingly several steps ahead. Is the "Rule Book" as definitive as The Raven claims?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Indepenpress; Kindle Edition edition (19 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XDBBIA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #456,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I live in Ireland where I'm director of a research institute and a regular media commentator on social issues. I'm the author of two police procedural novels and dozens of short stories. In addition to writing crime fiction, I'm the author or editor of 20 academic books and a 12 volume encyclopedia. I write two blogs - 'The View from the Blue House' and 'Ireland After NAMA'.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Search for a serial killer in Dublin 13 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
Detective Superintendent Colm McEvoy is called to the scene of murder where the body of a young woman has been found in a way suggesting that she passively accepted her death. The case gets even stranger when a document is found at the scene written as the first chapter in a self-help guide for serial killers. Soon after, a search of the area locates six carefully placed business cards advertising The Rule Book with a picture of a raven. Does this mean six more victims?

As bodies of the second and third victims are found on succeeding days, it becomes clear that a serial killer is at work in Dublin.

Choosing a serial killer story for your first crime fiction novel is a bold move. It is too easy for stories in this genre for the focus become one of shocking the reader with graphic gore. So I was very pleased to see that Kitchin has written a very good police procedural that features a serial killer. This isn't to say that there isn't violence, there is, but it isn't drawn out in a voyeuristic fashion. There is one exception but I looked at it as means of showing just how far the killer has separated himself from any remaining humanity.

I don't want to say too much about the killer, The Raven. The hunt is intercut with scenes from The Raven's point of view and more of his methods are revealed. He is arrogant in his feeling of superiority and disdain for the police but not infallible. The way the clues are constructed and what the police do with them is clever, unique even, and adds to the enjoyment of the story.

Colm McEvoy is sympathetic and engaging character. He is still morning the death of his wife and trying to be a good father to his daughter while conducting the hunt for a psychopath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding - it left we wanting more ! 6 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
I was recommended this book and once |I had a copy it sat there waiting to be read, and to be honest it took me a while to pick it up - my mistake as this was a superb book with excellent charachters, story line and plot.

I now need the next book to be relesased ASAP as I need to have questions answered and the story continued - in some form. During the read, I became defensive and on the side of the DS Colm McEvoy and wanted the Charlie Deegan to fail and just get into trouble - and I usually don't take sides when reading books.

Many thanks for to the author and I would recomenf this to anyone who enjoys a good detective novel, especially with an Irish twist with wonderfully beleivable charachters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars pacy thriller 27 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
a really exciting whodunnit. lots of gory murders, and a good hero character. also nice to learn a bit about Ireland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The rule book, my best read ever 8 May 2009
By derek
Format:Paperback
A superb book by an author I have never heard of in fiction before. Apparently he writes textbooks for a day job. Needs to give that up and get going on the sequel - I can't wait. Wrote off two days of my life on this book - had to get to the end before life resumed to normal. loved it!

derek
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