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Silent Screams by C.E. Lawrence
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Silent Screams

by C.E. Lawrence

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Meh. The convenience fairy hit one too many times. Some of the scenes felt awkward and forced. Not to mention I'm not a huge fan of the perpetually, emotionally totured hero. Oh, and there was absolutely NO reason for this novel to be set just after 9/11. That feels slimey to me. There was no connection between the story and the attacks, the devastation, or the after effects. ( )
  lesmel | May 19, 2013 |
Psychologist, Lee Campbell, is fighting demons of his own and working as a profiler for the NYPD. His first case after returning from a medical absence is an ugly one. A killer called The Slasher is strangling young girls and then slashing parts of a prayer into their nude bodies after placing them on the alters of churches in the city. Lee calls in help from other cops and profilers, as well as some not so traditional sources to hunt down the killer.

I really enjoyed this book. The crimes are grusome but the descriptions are brief. This book is really well written for the genre. It spends more time on the people and I found Lee and many of the other characters quite engaging, if haunted. I hope to see more of them. ( )
  TheLibraryhag | Mar 24, 2010 |
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A DERANGED KILLER'S TWISTED URGERS

In the street of New York City, the Slasher chooses his victims--and makes his move. As he wraps his fingers around the girl's pretty throat, his power increases. As he carves into her skin, his words become flesh. As he arranges her lifeless body in a loving tableau, his fantasies demand new, more violent sacrifices...

A PROFILER'S CUNNING PLAN

At first, NYPD dectectives suspect a jealous boyfriend. But criminal profile Lee Campbell senses something darker, even ritualistic, about the murder. More chilling, he's convinced he's witnessing the genesis of a full-blown serial killer. But time is running out. A new victim has been chosen. Campbell must search the most terrifying recesses of the human mind---and his own past---before screaming starts again...

"Pulse racing, first rate...a wild ride down a dark road."
---John Lutz
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786021489, Paperback)

In the streets of New York City, the Slasher chooses his victim - and makes his move. As he wraps his fingers around the girl's pretty throat, his power increases. As he carves into her skin, his words become flesh. As he arranges her lifeless body in a loving tableau, his fantasies demand new, more violent sacrifices...At first, NYPD detectives suspect a jealous boyfriend. But criminal profiler Lee Campbell senses something darker, even ritualistic, about the murder. More chilling, he's convinced he's witnessing the genesis of a full-blown serial killer. But time is running out. A new victim has been chosen. Campbell must search the most terrifying recesses of the human mind - and his own past - before the screaming starts again...

"Pulse-racing, compelling, first rate. Lawrence knows how to build and hold suspense with the best of them. Once you get into this one, you can't get out. A wild ride down a dark road."
--John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of Urge to Kill

"C. E. Lawrence has achieved a rare level of authenticity, not only in character development but also in the realistic use of behavioral science. If you want to read a serial-killer thriller that's solidly based on frightening reality, this is the one."--Louis B Schlesinger, Ph.D., professor of forensic psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

"C. E. Lawrence delivers finely honed suspense, with unique twists, and accurately captures the logic and intuition of a profiler under pressure."--Katherine Ramsland, professor of forensic psychology, De Sales University, and author of The Devil's Dozen

"Criminally compelling, Silent Screams by C.E. Lawrence nails you to your seat with a fascinating NYPD profiler who's hurled into the case of his lifetime. From the Bronx to Manhattan, Catholic churches to university classrooms, this journey into violence and the soul is unforgettable." --- Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies and The Last Spymaster

"Silent Screams is a wickedly brilliant, carefully wrought thriller where the roles of hunter and hunted are skillfully blurred. Team up with a virtuoso profiler and a street-wise Bronx detective as they are thrown into an escalating torrent of murder that threatens to sweep them away. It's ride that neither they, or you, will soon forget."--Gregg McCrary, author of The Unknown Darkness: Profiling the Predators Among Us

"By setting the horror of fictional killings against the background of 9/11, C.E. Lawrence constantly reminds the reader that life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. The deviant perpetrator of grisly murders is described as someone who has a sophisticated knowledge of forensic investigations. The same can be said of the author. Silent Screams beckons C.E. Lawrence to become a repeat offender in this genre."--Marina Staji , Ph.D., President of American Board of Forensic Toxicology

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At first, NYPD detectives suspect a jealous boyfriend in the murder of a young woman. But criminal profiler Lee Campbell senses something darker, even ritualistic, about the killing. What's more chilling is that Campbell's convinced he's witnessing the genesis of a full-blown serial killer.… (more)

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