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Globe Life

September 28, 2007

Book review: Thrillers full of great characters

‘Eye of the Beholder’

By David Ellis (compact disc audiobook)

In 1989, the bodies of six young women were discovered in a basement of a building on a college campus. Each of the women had been tortured and mutilated in a different sadistic manner.

The police discovered evidence at the home of one of the college handymen, Terry Burgos. Burgos took his inspiration for the killings from the lyrics of a violent rock song. In addition, he had been stalking one of the victims. Burgos was arrested and he confessed to the killings. Paul Riley, the prosecutor for the case, argued for the death penalty. Eight years passed before Burgos’ execution, but his last words to Riley were: “I am not the only one.”

The case boosted Paul Riley’s career, and he is now a successful attorney in a large law firm defending white-collar criminals.

Another string of murders occurs quite similar to the murders all those committed years ago. The killer begins sending Paul Riley notes, clues to the killings. As Riley is drawn into the investigation, he even becomes a possible suspect in the slayings. Riley quickly realizes that the two cases must be connected as his own investigation evolves. The killer has obviously moved on to the second verse of the original song in committing the current atrocities. Riley also discovers that the killer isn’t the only one who wishes to keep the past buried.

David Ellis writes a suspenseful thriller full of great characters and plot twists that keep you on the edge of your seat. Dick Hill narrates this highly entertaining book. “Eye of the Beholder” is also available in regular print at the library.

‘Killer Weekend’

By Ridley Pearson (compact disc audiobook)

With “Killer Weekend,” Ridley Pearson begins a new series featuring Walt Fleming, sheriff of Blaine County, Idaho. Fleming was a rookie cop several years ago when he saved judge Elizabeth Shaler’s life when a would-be killer broke into her apartment.

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