Thursday, September 3, 2015

Black, Saul: The Killing Lessons

A rather nasty serial killer novel written by Glen Duncan using a pseudonym.   The chapters move
between the tribulations of a young girl who escapes the first killing spree in which her mother and
brother are killed, the investigations of female detective with a definite drink problem which is
compounded by the FBI agent with whom she has to work doing her best to ruin her, and the ongoing
work of the two killers.   The main killer is a splendidly drawn illiterate who marks his victims by
leaving an object either in a wound or other orifice, all the victims being young(ish) females.   The
reason for this dates back to his attempts to learn the alphabet using a coloured picture board with A
for apple, B for balloon and so on.   The author maintains a high level of tension throughout whether
with the ongoing dilemma facing the little girl, the continuing police/FBI efforts or the killers'
search for new victims.   The latter coalesces on one victim whose disappearance is noted in time for
the lead detective to eventually find and save her.    Well written and worthy of the praise other authors of similar works have bestowed on it

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