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Bitter Instinct (Instinct Series Book 8) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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].
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.