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Killer Takes All (2005)

by Erica Spindler

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[Killer Takes All] by Erica Spindler
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"The White Rabbit beckons you to follow him, down the rabbit hole, into his world. He's a deceiver, a trickster. You won't know what is truth and what is a lie. He aims to best you. Beat you. And when he does, you die."

"A friend's brutal murder turns former homicide detective Stacy Killian's life upside down. Unwilling to trust Spencer Malone, the overconfident New Orleans detective assigned to the case, Stacy is compelled to return to the investigative role she had fled."
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The investigation leads Stacy and Spencer to White Rabbit, a cultish fantasy role-playing game. White Rabbit is dark, violent -- and addictive. As the body count mounts, they find themselves trapped in a terrifying game that's more real than life and death. Because anyone can die before the final moment when White Rabbit is over . . . and the killer takes all."

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For those of us that feed on mysteries the villain will come as no real surprise. What was surprising was how many red herrings Erica Spindler threw us and how many of those red herrings we believed.

Role playing games are the main focus of the plot line and you really need to know or at least have a general idea of exactly how these "games" work. One thing the reader does learn about them from this work is that sometimes they are not a "game" and many times they are even deadly. Anyone can be a victim and anyone can be a murderer.

As for the characters...they were okay. The author would have made Stacey Killian more believable if she had left her as still a member of the Dallas Police Department instead of an ex-member. Maybe the New Orleans Police would have been more grateful for her help and she would have come across more as helping not impeding a murder investigation. I'm amazed she wasn't arrested in spite of her good intentions. Overall...it was an enjoyable read with just enough intrigue to make it interesting. ( )
  Carol420 | Sep 22, 2016 |
Stacy Killian is looking for a friend's killer. While no longer a policewoman she uses those skills to track down killer using a computer game to kill. Working for the inventor of the game, she finds herself a part of the game.The title says it all. ( )
  oldbookswine | Feb 21, 2012 |
This was my first Erica Spindler book. It was a good mystery, but a bit predictable. I would read more from her. ( )
  Djupstrom | Nov 2, 2011 |
A lot of Erica Spindler’s books have recurring characters, so I had already met Stacy Killian and Spencer Malone in another (later) book (Last Known Victim), and knew where their relationship was going. But that knowledge didn’t in any way take away from my enjoyment of this book. I liked this one much more than I liked Last Known Victim, probably because I like Spencer and Stacy better as main characters. This was also an interesting mystery, with a lot of turns and red herrings everywhere. The attitudes and treatment of gaming seemed a little… antiquated… but I may be more progressive than some. Overall, it was an entertaining read. ( )
  miyurose | Jul 24, 2009 |
The White Rabbit beckons you to follow him, down the rabbit hole, into his world. He's a deceiver, a trickster. You won't know what is truth and what is a lie. He aims to best you. Beat you. And when he does, you die.

Story is set in New Orleans. A friend's brutal murder turns former homicide detective Stacy Killian's life upside down. Unwilling to trust Spencer Malone, the overconfident New Orleans detective assigned to the case, Stacy is compelled to return to the investigative role she has fled.

The investigation leads Stacy and Spencer to White Rabbit, a cultish fantasy role-playing fame. White Rabbit is dark, violent - and addictive. As the body count mounts, they find themselves trapped in a terrifying game that's more real than life and death. Because anyone can die before the final moment when White Rabbit is over...and the killer takes all.
  DunnFunKat | Sep 17, 2007 |
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The White Rabbit beckons you to follow him, down the rabbit hole, into his world. He's a deceiver, a trickster. You won't know what is truth and what is a lie. He aims to best you. Beat you. And when he does, you die.

A friend's brutal murder turns former homicide detective Stacy Killian's life upside down. Unwilling to trust Spencer Malone, the overconfident New Orleans detective assigned to the case, Stacy is compelled to return to the investigative role she had fled.

The investigation leads Stacy and Spencer to White Rabbit, a cultish fantasy role-playing game. White Rabbit is dark, violent -- and addictive. As the body count mounts, they find themselves trapped in a terrifying game that's more real than life and death. Because anyone can die before the final moment when White Rabbit is over . . . and the killer takes all.

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When a friend is found murdered in her New Orleans apartment, Stacy Killian, a former Dallas homicide detective, suspects that the killing could be related to a violent fantasy role-playing game called White Rabbit.

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