The Resource False witness : a novel, Andrew Grant

False witness : a novel, Andrew Grant

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False witness : a novel
Title
False witness
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a novel
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Andrew Grant
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eng
Summary
"Alabama police detective Cooper Devereaux chases a cunning serial killer terrorizing the city of Birmingham in this edge-of-your-seat thriller for readers of James Lee Burke, Craig Johnson, and Robert Crais. A woman disappears on her twenty-first birthday. The following day her body is found, wrapped neatly like a gift in a crumbling, sun-speckled graveyard. What does Detective Devereaux have to go on? Very little. No motive, no suspects. Then another victim is discovered in a crematorium parking lot. Again, she was killed on her twenty-first birthday. Again, her body was wrapped like a gift. By the third murder the tabloids have dubbed the homicidal monster the Birthday Killer--and Devereaux is under the gun. While Devereaux's own violent and mysterious past nips at his heels, and his fragile home life threatens to unravel, he can't afford to be anything but totally obsessed with the frantic search through the many layers of this city, from its wealthy enclaves to its dark criminal underbelly. The only certainty is that Devereaux is hunting a killer determined to fulfill a deranged agenda in which women's lives are extinguished like candles on a cake."--
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  • In his third outing (following False Friend, 2017), Alabama detective Cooper Devereaux searches for a killer who kidnaps women on their twenty-first birthdays and leaves their wrapped-up bodies in public places. Initially, a few well-placed red herrings keep the reader hopping from suspect to suspect. Finally, Devereaux and his partner feel they have the right guy, but they just can’t make the evidence fit the crime. What they need to close the deal, unfortunately, is another body. This entry in the fast-paced series doesn’t do much to flesh out Devereaux as a character, but it will please suspense fans looking for a quick, high-stakes read. -- Keefe, Karen (Reviewed 11/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 6, p28)
  • The flawed homicide detective Cooper Devereaux returns for a second outing (False Friend, 2017), this time chasing down a quirky killer in Birmingham, Alabama. Although Lucas Paltrow, a "mysterious mechanic Good Samaritan," saves the pregnant Deborah Holt's life by fixing her car, a year later she's found dead on her 21st birthday, wrapped up like a present. Devereaux and his longtime partner, Tommy Garretty, are assigned to investigate. Soon Siobhan O'Keefe turns up, killed and wrapped in the same way on her 21st birthday. Later there's a third victim, and the unknown assailant is dubbed the Birthday Killer. It's a curious plot that gives the impression the author is straining for something new. One suspect is Deborah's boyfriend, the sarcastically described "guitar legend Thor," aka Oliver Casey, a "twenty-four carat scumbag." Others include Paltrow and his co-worker Billy Flynn, who has a sealed juvie record. When Flynn's house explodes and Devereaux wants to save him, Garretty helpfully advises, "Screw Flynn. The odds are he's a murdering asshole." The blistering scene that follows is well-done, as are Devereaux and Flynn by the end of it. A couple of subplots help tie the series together. The dying Chris Lambert, a former Police Academy instructor, plots to blackmail Devereaux, who had a checkered childhood and may be "the spawn of a mass murderer." Or not. And Devereaux's former girlfriend Alexandra is conflicted about getting back together with him, because "she simply wasn't comfortable in a relationship with the son of a mass murderer." Meanwhile, whatever might be revealed about his troubled past, Devereaux has become a good adult. It's hard to see how the author continues with these subplots—Just how bad was Dad? Will Alexandra ever make up her mind?—without letting them get stale. Overall, a good story with a multilayered hero. The author's fans won't be disappointed. (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2017)
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10616300
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1968-
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Grant, Andrew
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Detective Cooper Devereaux
Series volume
3
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  • Police
  • Serial murder investigation
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • Police
  • Serial murder investigation
  • Alabama
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False witness : a novel, Andrew Grant
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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1905509
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9780399594335
Lccn
2017041944
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780399594335
  • (OCoLC)982395121
Label
False witness : a novel, Andrew Grant
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1905509
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
302 pages
Isbn
9780399594335
Lccn
2017041944
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399594335
  • (OCoLC)982395121

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