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Monday, September 03, 2007

Book Review: The Face of Death by Cody McFadyen

This was a really fun book to read. A great thriller, in the same vein as James Patterson...something I haven't really read in awhile.

The premise is the usual of this genre: the crime fighting character. In this case, that would be the FBI agent Smoky Barrett. And then there's the serial killer -- again, in this novel, "The Stranger". I don't think I need to go into any other detail about the story. If you've read one serial killer book, then you know how the ball bounces.

Now for the critique.

I could not stand the author's introduction of the characters. Smoky Barrett -- even the name is just too much for me..."Smoky"? Anyway, the reader is told how amazing Smoky is. The only person who can really hunt down serial killers. She is so good that she has garnered the respect of everyone...and I mean EVERYONE. The local cops love her; the team she works with respects her; and the FBI does not want to lose her.

Okay, I can overlook that cheesy attempt to let me know that this is the best serial sleuth ever. But it goes on. Every member of her team (there's four, I think) is the best ever. They all have a unique ability but they are like no other person ever in the enitre world.

And then there are the local cops that she has dealt with in the past. They are the best too. My god, I get it. It is the best team since CSI Las Vegas - alrighty. Let's get to the killing already!!!

Despite that -- which was, I have to just say again, VERY ANNOYING -- the story was every bit of a thriller to read. Extremely titillating, intriguing, can't-wait-to-turn-the-page fun. Smoky had enough darkness in her that made me like her, despite the cheesy first name.

I had no idea how it would end -- who The Stranger was -- until they did. Sure, I could be extremely dense, but whatever, this worked for me in the name of pure entertainment.

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