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The Killer in My Eyes Paperback – 15 Mar 2012

3.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780333870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780333878
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,866,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Italy's publishing sensation finally arrives in Britain. (Financial Times)

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From the international best-selling author of I Kill and I am God.

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By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 July 2015
Format: Paperback
Unbelievable plot, unbelievable characters, unbelievable ‘scientific’ explanations, unbelievable dialogue plus all the tropes that have appeared in detective fiction over the last two or three decades. Despite these, or perhaps because of them, I found this book by Giorgio Faletti, 1950-2014, surprisingly enjoyable. The excellent translation by Howard Curtis perfectly captured a frenetic and sometimes chaotic story.

The novel opens with a scene that is repeated late on in the book. Italian detective Maureen Martini is waiting for the arrival of a serial killer whose identity she has discovered through a series of events that is unique in the annals of crime writing. She is working alongside ex-detective Jordan Marsalis, younger brother of the Mayor of New York, to find a killer who is murdering well-connected people and using superglue to position their bodies in ways that soon give Marsalis the link between them and set him and his colleagues on a desperate race against time….. etc. Marsalis, who was forced to leave New York’s finest under a cloud, immediately understands a coded clue that the killer has left on a wall but is surprisingly dim when it comes to working out some clues, such as the message that ‘John Rydley Evenge’ is sending him.

Both Maureen and Jordan [who relaxes by riding a red Ducatti] are devastatingly attractive, as is Lysa Guerrero, who has rented his New York apartment, but she has a secret, or a number of secrets.
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In my humble opinion this book is utter rubbish. The author must have dragged out all corny scenarios you can think of and the second story of an ex-detective falling in love with a woman/man is absolute rubbish. I cannot believe that Jeffery Deaver could leave his name with compliments about the Author. It seems like the author has thought of old tv films and books and thrown the lot together. I bought this in a deal from Tesco's and I'm glad I did not pay full price for it.
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This is Giorgio Faletti's first mystery novel and apparently it was wildly popular in Italy when first published. In English translation, I think the novel may have lost something of its original zip and credibility. The dialogues are often forced and awkward and there are occasional mistakes in the use of words in the narrative. Maybe the problem is the translator?

In any event, ""Killer..." does have an original plot going for it, along with some interesting characters. It merges the story of a string of bizarre serial killings in New York City with the tale of an Italian-American Rome police inspector who has been attacked and injured by Italian mobsters. The originality (with a capital O) stems from the author's creation of a highly unusual relationship between the NYC protagonist and the sub-leasor of his Manhattan apartment, a metaphysical element that allows another character to relive past violent events that help to lead the police murder investigation and a "Peanuts" theme to the progression of serial killings that are the main thread of action to the story. The unorthodox relationship and the "seer" aspect come pretty close to out and out incredible at times. But the book has enough forward movement to keep the reader from bailing out. Whether you buy the endings provided for the main elements of the novel, is another story.

Faletti has another book out in English this year--"A Pimp's Notes"--and it's a much better book (in my opinion) than "The Killer in My Eyes". Not surprisingly, Faletti has employed a different translator for the new book and that might have made a big part of the difference.
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This was another good read by Faletti. From the minute I started reading it (whilst on a beach lapping up sunshine) I couldn't put the book down. Faletti always writes a good story (always with plenty of blood and dead bodies). There was a part of this story line that stretched the imagination (I won't ruin your read) but all can be forgiven by the remainder of the tale. If I'm honest, the story isn't as good as "I Kill," his best, but worth buying and certainly worth reading. This is the third book I've read by him. I've just ordered "Pimp" and am looking forward to another murderous tale, ideal for sun and surf!
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OK, so this is cliched, and the plot is bonkers, but for all that it's a good read, in my opinion. I found the characters interesting (even if rather two-dimensional) and I liked the idea of hetro ex-cop Jordan finding love with the beautiful transsexual Lysa. I also liked the killer's motive for the crimes - at least this was one detective story where I didn't guess the murderer before the end!

I could have done without Maureen getting "images" via a dead man's corneas - I thought this took the book into the realms of horror/fantasy instead of sticking to the genre of a crime thriller, and would have preferred to see the crime solved through pure detective work. I also would have liked to have known whether Maureen would keep her sight - unless I missed it, this area was left unresolved.

This is escapist stuff rather than good literature, but I enjoyed it nevertheless and it kept me reading to the end, which is more than I can say for a lot of detective stories.
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