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The Scavenger's Daughter: A Tyler West Mystery by [McIntyre, Mike]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 786 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kite Press (27 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HFS3VW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was an okay novel, which allows you to get into the main character but not so much the killer. There are a number of reviews which detail parts of the story so I will keep this brief. The reason for my 3 star is because it loses the believable plot three quarters of the way in and so finishing becomes a chore - the last quarter I was reading because I had come so far already rather than being on edge or excited to get to the end. I can sometimes get a weak middle, but for what started out as a good new kill plot and a good built up storyline I cannot understand why the story was lost at the end. I liked the little something different plot and writing style, thus I am not 100% turned off of Mike McIntyre books, but would find it hard to recommend this for a great read. It' ok, and in my opinion should be purchased at a price that suits ok reads.
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I enjoyed this, mainly because Tyler is the flawed every-man that feels real. He's whiny, self-obsessed and his past decisions have been incredibly selfish. His main redeeming quality is that he knows just how badly he messed up.

There are some pretty graphic torture scenes which some readers may not feel comfortable with, and since these appear to have been very well researched are not for the squeamish. The serial killer in the book feels every bit as real as Tyler, and the author did an interesting job in making parts of the character pretty sympathetic; anybody who has ever felt victimised by big business or the rich and powerful can understand the rage the killer starts building. Even better, there is no sense of ultimate justification for the killer - he does what he does because he enjoys it.

There are patches in the book that feel a bit rough, especially around police procedure, but the book on the whole is a promising introduction to the writer and some characters I'd like to meet again.
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Having read a book recently about a serial killer using medieval torture , I was happy to see another book based around the same theme . I was worried it wouldn't be as good because the first book was fantastic .
I'm pleased to say this although very different in storyline is just as good and educational too . Love the characters and it dies show how hard it can be to get the police to listen to you ! Highly recommend this book !!
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Have had this book on my Kindle for some time now as I downloaded for free a few months ago. Fantastic novel. Great plot which moved at such a pace that I could not put book down. Be warned, extremely descriptive scenes of torture.
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The protagonist of "The Scavenger's Daughter," Tyler West, is convinced that a series of murders are the work of the same person. Frustrated by police and city leaders who insist the murders aren't related, Tyler digs deeper and uncovers the common thread that nobody expects. A killer, who calls himself Friar Tom in tribute to the first Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition, is committing each of the murders with a medieval torture device.

I found "The Scavenger's Daughter" to be one of those books I didn't want to put down. It was fast-paced and never apparent what was coming next. At times, it seemed everyone was working against Tyler, which brought out my natural instinct to root for the underdog. A secondary story thread, offering the possibility for Tyler to redeem a past mistake by rekindling a romance, also helps make Tyler a sympathetic character and ties in well with the main story line. Thrillers don't get much more intense than this.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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I'm not a fan of serial killer books and rarely read them, but The Scavenger's Daughter promised something different. And it delivered. Main character Tyler West is well-drawn and entirely believable as an investigative reporter who won't quit. Not surprisingly he has made enemies among some of the higher ups in his city--San Diego. Even the police don't like him or want to work with him.

But someone is using Medieval torture implements to kill people and the police don't have a clue. Tyler West does, but the police won't believe him. The killer wants publicity and a worthy opponent and he quickly realizes Tyler West can provide both. The suspense starts right in the beginning and rarely lets up until the final page. This book was hard to put down.

The author alternated between first person point of view from Tyler West's viewpoint and third person viewpoint from other characters. The viewpoint switches were skillfully handled and not a distraction and the book was well-plotted.

Warning: The well-researched descriptions of the torture implements and how they were used are not for the squeamish. Readers will be glad they live in more enlightened times.

A great read. If you love well-written thrillers, this book is for you.
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Tyler West - a crime reporter suspended after he exposes widespread corruption in local government - persists against opposition from his publisher and local police in investigating a number of vicious slayings. He realises, against the views of those opposing him, that the slayings are connected in that they are all perpetrated by a serial killer who - unexpectedly - models his actions on those carried out by Torquemada during the Spanish Inquisition. And he doggedly carries on until he unearths the killer. It's a real page turner from beginning to end.
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