Title: Deviant Ways
Publisher: Atria October 2000
Publication Date: 2000
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 0671040596 This hardcover book is Fine, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page without inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 007116
Synopsis: In Deviant Ways, Chris Mooney unleashes a blistering portrait of violence sure to leave readers gasping. Beginning with a shocking murder scene that reverberates chillingly throughout the novel, Mooney's pitch-perfect narrative -- punctuated with one shockingly violent and unpredictable twist after another -- spotlights two brilliant minds locked in a high-stakes duel.
At the heart of Deviant Ways is a fragile former FBI profiler whose life was shattered by a psychopath. Jack Casey has started over as a detective in a posh shoreline community outside Boston. That's where the Sandman finds him. The Sandman is killing not just one person at a time, but whole families and whole neighborhoods, unleashing one shattering explosion after another, and watching the horror unfold on a network of sophisticated hidden cameras. The Sandman knows everything about his victims. And he knows everything about Jack Casey -- including how to hurt him most.
In crafting a story that is disturbing, unforgettable, and electrifying from first page to last, Chris Mooney catapults Deviant Ways into suspense fiction's highest ranks.
Review: Move over, Hannibal Lecter. The Sandman is coming, and he's going to knock you off your perch as the world's creepiest and smartest serial killer. Chris Mooney's nail-biting, scarifying debut thriller features a fully drawn protagonist in former FBI profiler Jack Casey, whose life was shattered when another madman killed his pregnant wife before his eyes. Now Jack's a local cop on a small-town beat in Marblehead, Massachusetts, rebuilding his life with the help of a beautiful woman and a community of caring friends. But when a psychopath who seems to know everything about Jack's past as well as his present starts torturing and killing entire families in the quiet Boston suburb and then trapping his pursuers by blowing them up at the scene, Casey begins to wonder where the man the media dubbed the Sandman is getting his inside information. Is there a conspiracy at the highest levels of federal intelligence to cover up a behavioral experiment gone wrong? What's the connection between an unsolved arson at a Massachusetts home for troubled boys and the Sandman's choice of victims? And where does another ex-profiler fit in? He seems to know as much as the Sandman and offers Jack his help in solving the awful crimes.
The most important question may be whether Anthony Hopkins is available for another leading role as a psychopath. But don't wait for the inevitable big-screen treatment. Grab this bloody, violent, and mesmerizing study of psychological terror and the redemptive power of love before they call the casting director. Just don't read it on a stormy night when you're home alone. --Jane Adams
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