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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
For me a sign of a great author is one who is able to evoke compassion and sympathy when normally there might be none, and that's just what the author does for me in this story. He creates a serial killer who I actually felt sorry for, a serial killer that the newspaper labeled the Southside Slasher, but who I kept thinking of as the accidental killer. Even though that first killing was quite by accident once he experiences the power he feels after a kill there is no turning back!
Preston Peterson was one of those people who was always picked on and bullied all through school, not to mention he had a lousy home life. Once he reaches adulthood he is still a target, so one night while walking home, a thug stops him and the thug is accidentally killed. While the killing was an accident what Preston did to the body certainly wasn't, and the sense of power he felt makes him want to kill the ones who bullied him in school. The only problem is he has been out of high school for several years and those people don't look the same, but he comes up with a solution for that as well. Gregg Mann, an overweight, Pepsi drinking detective is assigned to the case and struggles to figure out who might be committing the killings. With the mayor breathing down his neck and the killings becoming more brutal, will he ever get a lead in the case?
This book was a bit different because the author lets us know who the killer is from the get go, but even with this information it still kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. Often the crime scenes are described in vivid detail, but this added to the story, allowing the reader to actually see the hate and anger burning inside of Preston, and also to see how his madness progressed. It was interesting how the author allowed Preston to share the stories of the bullies who tormented him, making me actually feel sorry for him. There were a couple of secondary stories that allude to dirty cops and mafia ties that kept the plot moving along at a very brisk pace.
If you're a fan of fast paced serial killer drama you're going to love this one!