Mystery Alice Blanchard The Breathtaker

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The Breathtaker

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A mammoth twister tears through the sleepy town of Promise, Oklahoma, and leaves behind three mutilated bodies in a ravaged farmhouse. Police Chief Charlie Grover believes the victims were impaled by flying debris...until gruesome evidence comes to light, proving that they were brutally murdered. How could the killer predict exactly when and where a tornado would strike and use it to cover his tracks? With the aid of a tornado-chasing scientist, Charlie delves into a high-tech, high-risk search for a cunning criminal-one who may be stalking Charlie and his own daughter. For this is a predator unlike any other: one who conspires with the ferocious power of nature to commit and conceal unspeakable crimes.

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About the Author:

Alice Blanchard grew up in Connecticut and went to college in Boston, Massachusetts, where she studied creative writing and filmmaking. In 1995, she won the prestigious Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction for her collection of short stories, The Stuntman's Daughter. Her debut suspense novel, Darkness Peering, was published in 1999 to glowing reviews. Darkness Peering grossed over 530,000 hardcover and paperback copies combined and was published in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the UK. It was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the Notable Books of 1999 and was optioned by Propaganda Films. Blanchard has received a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, a New Letters Literary Award and a Centrum Artists in Residence fellowship. Her short stories have appeared in such literary quarterlies as Turnstile, William & Mary Review and Alaska Quarterly, and her work has been broadcast on National Public Radio's "The Sound of Writing" series. Blanchard's second suspense thriller, The Breathtaker, was optioned by Warner Brothers-based John Wells Productions, the producers of White Oleander, One Hour Photo, The West Wing and ER. She is currently working on her next suspense novel.

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In Blanchard's second suspense novel a serial killer chases tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas because it provides him with the perfect cover to commit murder. The killer is tracked by a police chief who soon has his own personal reason to discover the truth--the kidnapping of his daughter. Peter Coyote reads with controlled power. With the addition of gripping yet unobtrusive sound effects throughout, the production possesses a narrative drive that never slows, nor does an obligatory romance or tangential back story interfere with the force of the telling. Like a tornado, the story moves with relentless pacing toward a breathtaking conclusion, aided by fine writing and rare originality. If you liked the movie TWISTER, here it is on steroids, and with better research. Coyote is believable as small-town cop Charlie Grover and would be perfect to play him in the movie. This fact aids the imagination required by this outstanding "audio" movie. J.L. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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