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Apr 05, 2016
| ISBN 9780307475909
Mar 24, 2015
| ISBN 9780385532563
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Apr 05, 2016 | ISBN 9780307475909
Mar 24, 2015 | ISBN 9780385532563
An unidentifiable body is found in an Indianapolis park, deliberately arranged so that police know it’s not just a random crime. Former cop Frank Behr, now a P.I. with no cases, no money and no options, finds himself chasing down the disappearance of a wayward young woman who’s been missing for months in a futile attempt to collect a reward. With assistance from his few remaining contacts on the force, Behr follows the tenuous thread of his case into the world of small-time prostitution-and discovers a possible connection to the body in the park. When another murder victim turns up, it’s clear there’s a serial killer at work, but this predator seems to be invisible, camouflaged by his perfectly normal-looking life. Behr’s relentless quest for the missing girl and his parallel pursuit of the killer become entangled with the official police investigation. Ultimately, Behr’s obsession with the truth will lead him into the darkest places, and force him to make an unavoidable and devastating decision.
Taut and edgy, Signature Kill is a riveting exploration of a killer next door—a tour de force from acclaimed author David Levien. The quiet of the Indianapolis night is broken when an unidentifiable body is found in a local park, deliberately arranged in such a way that police know it’s not a random crime. Across the city, former cop Frank Behr, down on his luck and virtually broke, takes on a no-win case to locate a desperate mother’s wayward daughter who’s been missing for months. Behr has few friends left on the police force, but as he wades into the world of small-time prostitution from which the daughter disappeared, he comes to believe the two cases are related. When another body is found, it becomes clear Indianapolis has a serial killer on its streets . . . an untraceable predator who, Behr surmises, lives behind the chilling veil of a perfectly normal life. Behr’s pursuit threatens to become entangled in the official police investigation, and will lead him to a dark place—and ultimately to a devastating decision from which he will not be able to turn back. Signature Kill is a masterly novel, in which one man’s obsession with justice faces off against a killer’s all-consuming obsession with perfection.
David Levien, author of Thirteen Million Dollar Pop, Where the Dead Lay, City of the Sun, and Signature Kill, has been nominated for the Edgar, Hammett, and Shamus awards. He is also a screenwriter and director, including co-director of Solitary Man (2009) starring Michael Douglas. He lives… More about David Levien
Praise for SIGNATURE KILL“Arguably the best crime writer in contemporary fiction. . . . [Signature Kill] is as bulletproof as they come.” —The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg)“There’s never any doubt that Behr will get his man, but what happens when he does will make your hair stand on end.” —Kirkus Reviews “The truth of [Levien’s] characters—and the intensity of their pain—is as unbearably real as it gets.” —The New York Times Book ReviewAcclaim for David Levien“Levien has placed himself among the best writers in the field.” —Robert Crais “[Levien] infuses his . . . tale with heart-wrenching emotion.” —People“Veteran screenwriter David Levien imagines with icy, almost sadistic precision.” —Entertainment Weekly“Levien has an ear for dialogue that many of us don’t often hear.” —The Indianapolis Star “David Levien is a marvel. . . . His descriptions are true to life, real and unflinching, a combination of Mickey Spillane, Wallace Stroby and Richard Stark, but nonetheless all Levien.” —BookReporter
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