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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
In an article about writing, this sentence caught my eye: “Many readers today do not have time for literary flourishes or the patience to read anything extraneous. They want the facts and they want them quickly.” As sad as that may be for some, it’s certainly true of many of us, including myself. So it’s great to pick up a book like Mark of the White Rabbit by Lincoln Cooper. Cooper wastes no time plunging readers into the bloody deeds of an elusive, extremely clever serial killer for whom the white rabbit mentioned in the title is intimately connected to the killer’s motivation and actions.
It’s almost fun puzzling over the relationship between killer and rabbit, but it’s far from fun for those victimized by the killer, like renowned, would-be governor Lawrence Atwood, and his butchered, paralegal lover, Pru. It’s even less fun when you’re a police chief faced with evidence that nails Atwood as the killer, despite his protestations of innocence, and just when the case is about to go to trial, the daughter of a deceased FBI agent tells you she knows who the real killer is and has a file that can prove it. Can she be believed? Is the proof strong enough to get the trial postponed? Everyone is sure Atwood is guilty, and lurking like a shadow, keeping an eye on everything without being seen himself, is the serial killer. Suddenly more people start dying...or are they being murdered? And why have some folks, including the police chief, seen a large white rabbit around town as the bodies fall?
Mark of the White Rabbit is an engaging read, one you can get into quickly after a few short chapters introducing several key players. Once in, you don’t want to put the book down. While the serial killer’s identity and narcissistic cleverness are of greatest interest, the author sprinkles some romance and social issues into the novel to add realism to an otherwise gruesome story. Cooper uses lots of dialogue to keep the story moving at a pace just fast enough for those who don’t have time for the aforementioned literary flourishes but yet manages to make his characters real and likable. Does the killer get caught in the end? Read it and find out! Quite enjoyable to say the least.