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Bitter Instinct (Instinct Series Book 8) by [Walker, Robert W.]
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New WORK this year - a record year for output as I have published here on Kindle in Feb. two titles: the 12th in my award-winning, highly acclaimed INSTINCT SERIES - The EDGE of INSTINCT (also bk.#5 in EDGE Series/combined ensemble casts, you see). In addition, to introduce new readers to my EIGHT separate series characters, I published a book of EIGHT short stories under title of THRILLER PARTY of 8 - The One That Got Away. Since two books put up in calendar year 2013 did not seem enough, I have now added in June a twisting, turning, churning, burning historical in the tradition of my Children of Salem meets Gone With The Wind entitled ANNIE'S WAR books #1 and #2 subtitled Love Amid the Ruins. Book #3 in this layered, complex pre-Civil War tale of the first home-grown terrorist attack on a US Armory in history, set in 1859 is through the eyes of the infamous John Brown? NO...through the eyes of his sexually active 17-year-old daughter. While it chronicles what happened at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, the dramatic novel is one foremost of love and romance at the forefront, and it devolves into a fierce gun battle. It reads like a western for good reason. If a fan of the recent Kevin Costner film on the Hatfields and the McCoys, this fits right in that ballpark...and in fact, I modeled my John Brown on Kostner's role as Devil Anse. The two men would have had a lot in common. Anse and Brown that is...not Costner. Book THREE of ANNIE's WAR will be published before end of June, so the entire trilogy, each at 2.99 will be available as will a hefty offering of the ENTIRE thee books in ONE kindle order for 5.99 - a real bargain. Counting Annie's Trilogy then in Calendar Year 2013 --so far-- I have completed and Kindled FIVE book-length works, Four being novels, One being Shorts, plus have shown up in three anthologies this year...and the year is only half over. There could be more!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1125 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: robertwalkerbooks.com (12 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003H06BF8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Whether it's the fbi and Jessica conran or the Texan native American detective Robert walker can weave a story that totally pulls you in and working the case. The only complaint I have with this book is the poor editing . If you like murder mysteries then you will enjoy any Robert walker novel that will keep you guessing to the very end
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This was my first experience with Robert Walker and I am disappointed and unimpressed. The formatting was very poor on the kindle edition. Numerous hyphenated words, which I found extremely distracting. I only made it through about 10% before I gave up. Disappointing!!
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I'm liking the book, but the amount of spelling errors is disappointing, in particular the amount of words that are hyphenated which shouldn't be. I'm finding this very irritating.
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Good simple read
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94fae990) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94dde42c) out of 5 stars Word Tattoos 4 Jan. 2012
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Bitter Instinct is quite original - at least to this reader. Plenty of times it appeared the FBI had their "man" only to discover another `dead' end. (pardon the pun :D) Many possible suspects.

This is the first I've read from this author and it's quite good. I thought too much information was discussed by the agents to civilians though. Seemed unprofessional.

FBI is called in to help uncover a serial killer when local Philadelphia investigators are stymied. Young folks are being killed while no apparent struggle is being detected at any of the crime scenes, suggesting that each knows and trusts their killer.

Each person has a poem etched into their backs but what exactly is the toxin used in the ink? That's what FBI medical ex­aminer Dr. Jessica Coran wants to know along with the other agents assigned to the case. Also assigned is FBI psychic Kim Desinor.

Jessica and Kim visit local shops where poetry readings are read from poems either etched or penned on the backs of the young participants. From there they are led to teachers and writers of poetry, meeting many sketchy characters in their search to uncover the killer. Meanwhile the poet killer continues his/her work and more bodies are discovered by their respective friends or family.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94c1ceac) out of 5 stars Chilling medical thriller 9 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
He calls himself the Poet. His targets trust him so much so they cooperate as he engraves a piece of his epic verse on their backs. His victims are unaware that the ink is poison and soon leads to a swift, painless death. The Poet believes that his victims are angels who must return home so that when every one of them are finally gone, he will be transferred into an angel too.

After the third similar death, the Philadelphia police realize they have made no progress in catching this serial killer that leaves a calling card. The FBI sends two agents, medical examiner Dr. Jessica Coran and psychic expert Kim Desinow, to join the local task force. They quickly learn that the young have taken to having poetry written on their backs as a form of twisted homage. This makes tracing clues that much more difficult as this counterculture phenomena hides the culprit's trail behind wrong suspects. As the murder count rises, the City of Brotherly Love Task Force finds little to feel friendly about as they fail to gain any ground on identifying the murderer.

BITTER INSTINCT is a very frightening police thriller that shows the difficulty in catching a destructive individual when society adopts him as a hero. Robert W. Walker combines the best of Cornwell with Koontz in this psychological terror investigative novel. The heroine is quite good as a person struggling to profile a "popular" killer whose camouflage is inadvertently developed by the teens of the city. Mr. Walker has another captivating novel that readers will fully appreciate.

Harriet Klausner
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95393150) out of 5 stars The worst of the Instinct series, simply godawful 22 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Words do not do justice as to how bad this book is. Seriously, is this the same Robert W. Walker? The first five books in the instinct series were AWESOME, the next two decent. But this one...[is not good]. The plot is secondary to Jessica finding herself and dealing iwth heartache and finding the strength to move on and...oh yeah by the way there's this killer out there that's not even bothering to worry about getting caught and he merrily piles up the bodies. Then the last hundred pages features a resolution so innate, ridiculous, and just plain horrible that finally I just slammed the book down once I found out who the killer was. And SURPRISE - it wasn't hard to figure out!
The worst in the series by far, so verbose and jumpy at times (five paragraphs about Jessica's thoughts and feelings every three or four pages, as just one example - oh yes there are more) that it's literally a struggle to read more then five or six pages at a sitting. Don't bother with this [book].
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95391aa4) out of 5 stars WALKER IS BETTER THAN SANDFORD & KELLERMAN! 14 May 2001
By Brad Stonecipher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Robert W. Walker is a fascinating author. I feel that he is one of the best suspense novelists there is. Every one of his Instinct novels and Edge novels are fun, exhilirating, and worthwile to read. FBI Agent Dr. Jessica Coran is a well-developed character, who is enjoyable and exciting to read about. In "Bitter Instinct," there is a killer on the loose who is dubbed as The Poet. At the beginning of the novel, in Philadelphia, he has already killed three victims. Engraved with a sharp pen, the Poet poisons his victims and then writes a few lines of poetry on their back. The Philadelphia police are stumped and ask for the help of Jessica Coran. As Coran and her psychic agent, Kim Desinor, try to capture this sadistic killer, they have to be on the lookout for their own lives. After investigating for days and coming up with no leads, they get a call from a dean the local college who claims to know the identity of the killer. Is this prestigious professor a killer? Is it someone not affiliated with college? Or is it the dean herself? "Bitter Instinct" is an amazing novel with twists and turns everywhere. If you are going to read one suspense novel this summer, then read "Bitter Instinct."
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94c1463c) out of 5 stars This book borke my record. 28 Feb. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have always been patient. Once I picked a book, I will make myself finish it as a way to tell myself that my choice is correct and worthy. But sorry, could not do it with this one.
The 1st 50 some pages were fine, but then it went downhill. A point made was repeatedly said, scenes were dragging, unnecessary script and telling like the Russian helicopter and the ride side tracked the story, the writer showed off too much with the poems/peotry...all made the reading bulky and dull. I did make an effort to convince the story would pick up later. However, if by finishing 1/3 of the book and it still could not intrigue me, reading which should be a pleasant activity turned to be a chore.
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