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Singularity: A Mystery (Sarah Armstrong)

by Kathryn Casey

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Sarah Armstrong is a Texas Ranger, and the only one of the Rangers' criminal profilers. The Rangers work out of the Department of Public Safety, but they report directly to the governor. With a scandalous double murder on Galveston Island, Sarah's sent to the scene. A wealthy businessman has been shot, posed in bed with his dead mistress. Sarah is not happy with the local investigation, but she's even more unhappy when two powerful families go to war over the ramifications of the murders, and the FBI is called in. Sarah's late husband never liked Agent Scroggins, but the other agent, David Garrity, is a profiler who seems to understand Sarah's interpretation of the case.

Two of the officers blame the new wealthy widow. But Sarah and David see the hand of a serial killer. They go off on their own tangent, and their investigation indicates there's someone out there who likes to pose his victims. They're convinced there is a ruthless killer who seems to strike throughout Texas. But, Sarah's fighting a losing battle with the Galveston local jurisdiction over the murders that started the entire case.

Sarah Armstrong is an outstanding investigator, dedicated to her job. She's also a recent widow, whose husband died the previous year, and it's affecting her eleven-year-old daughter, Maggie. Sarah's frequent absences on cases take her away from her daughter. Fortunately, they live with Sarah's mother on a ranch, but a grandmother doesn't always make up for the absence of parents. And, this case could permanently separate her from her needy daughter.

Casey's first novel is a fascinating police procedural. But, it's even more than that. Casey has created an intriguing character, with a complicated family life. The family issues add to the richness of this story. Singularity was a terrific debut. I can't wait to move on to Blood Lines. ( )
  LesaHolstine | Jul 23, 2009 |
A prominent man and his mistress are murdered by what looks to Texas Ranger profiler Sarah Armstrong to be a serial killer, but the local detective on the case suspects the estranged wife hired a hitman. Now Lt. Armstrong has to prove her case and stop a killer while dealing with obstructionist allies and leaks to the press.

This could have been edited better: the construction is a little loose, and several times the sentences don't make much sense. But it's a decent read. ( )
  readinggeek451 | Jun 13, 2009 |
Easy read with female widowed Texas Ranger and her family as central characters. ( )
  tdbowles | Jun 4, 2009 |
Kathryn Casey is perhaps best known for her non-fiction, true crime writings, here she tries her hand at fiction in the account of Sarah Armstrong, a single mother, profiler and member of Texas' most elite group of law men, the Texas Rangers.

The murder of a megawealthy businessman and his mistress leads local police to the man's wife, Sarah sees the work of a serial killer. As other similar murders occur, it appears she is right but she finds herself the object of the killer's obsession. As she gets close to solving the case, the madmen closes in on her and those close to her.

Singularity features a feisty, funny, and tough heroine and a truly creepy killer, as it races along to a chilling and unexpected climax.

I have been a fan of Kathryn Casey's true crime books and was interested in see how she did with a fictional account. Her solid writing skills shine through, and while I cannot say I loved it, I did like it and would recommend it to others. Characters are well drawn and the plot is believable, no wild twists but the increasing depravity of the killer becomes apparent before a pulse raising conclusion. A conclusion that hints there will be more Sarah Armstrong novels. We can only hope and pray and beg. ( )
  BellaFoxx | Mar 24, 2009 |
A prominent man and his mistress are murdered by what looks to Texas Ranger profiler Sarah Armstrong to be a serial killer, but the local detective on the case suspects the estranged wife hired a hitman. Now Lt. Armstrong has to prove her case and stop a killer while dealing with obstructionist allies and leaks to the press.

This could have been edited better: the construction is a little loose, and several times the sentences don't make much sense. But it's a decent read. ( )
  mab2008 | Jul 5, 2008 |
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Profiler Sarah Armstrong knows what it’s like to be in a sticky situation. As a single mother and one of the few female Rangers in Texas history, she has had to work twice as hard to rank among the best cops in the Lone Star State. But when megawealthy businessman Edward Lucas III is found murdered along with his mistress, their bodies posed in grotesque ways, Sara quickly senses that this will be the deadliest case of her career. While others focus the investigation on Lucas’s estranged wife, Sarah disagrees and hunts a suspect only she believes in. Yet nothing in her career could have prepared her for the horror of a young man who believes he has been sent from heaven to massacre innocent people. When Sarah picks up on the killer’s elusive trail, following his scent all over Texas, the psychopath makes her his next target. And as Sarah closes in, the madman sets his sights on all she holds dear.  Singularity features a feisty, funny, and tough heroine and a truly creepy killer, as it races along to a chilling and unexpected climax.

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"Profiler Sarah Armstrong knows what it's like to be in a sticky situation. As a single mother and one of the few female Rangers in Texas history, she has had to work twice as hard to rank among the best cops in the Lone Star State. But when megawealthy businessman Edward Lucas III is found murdered along with his mistress, their bodies posed in grotesque ways, Sarah quickly senses that this will be the deadliest case of her career. While others focus the investigation on Lucas's estranged wife, Sarah disagrees and hunts a suspect only she believes in. Yet nothing in her career could have prepared her for the horror of a young man who is convinced he has been sent from heaven to massacre innocent people. When Sarah picks up on the killer's elusive trail, following his scent all over Texas, the psychopath makes her his next target. And as Sarah closes in, the madman sets his sights on all she holds dear."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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