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THE MURDER NOTEBOOK
JONATHAN SANTLOFER
ISBN#: (10)0061652334/(13)9780061652332/Hardcover-(10)0060882042/(13)9780060882044
June 4, 2008
William Morrow (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022
Hard Cover
$24.95 U.S./$26.95 Canada
400 Pages
Crime Fiction
Rating: 5 Cups

 

Nate Rodriguez still has memories of the death of his father. He tries not to dwell too much on the past, especially when New York City is gripped with some isolated murders. With his uncanny ability to use a sixth sense, he hunts for a killer.

Terri Russo is one of Nate's fellow officers as he heads up the group to investigate the killings. She realizes the sketches are an important part of his effort to catch a killer. She keeps an open-mind as their search grows intense.

Mickey Rauder, chief of operations, wants Nate to join their task force to locate the killer. Nate hates to turn him down since he was a good friend of his father. With the use of his worktable, he gets into the killer's mind and begins sketching. As he starts to think about the Joe Doe, Nate collects his thoughts, and pieces everything together, getting a clear picture of a face. He senses a presence, and from there starts the relationship. Nate is glad Terri is a part of his life, and the investigation. It seems his mind is clouded with the case, and he has a hard time breaking away from it. As Nate tries to replay everything in his head, including the scars on the forehead, and the drugs in the bloodstream, there is something missing. What will happen when he puts everything together?

This uniquely composed story enthralls and thrills the reader. I am still blown away by the drawings that make up this strong read. Jonathan Santlofer blends his gift as an author, and skills as an artist, to make The Murder Notebook a very rare read. His characters practically explode off the pages. He takes events straight out of the headlines to compose a story that almost terrifies. He does his own thorough research giving the story more depth. His drawings are indeed true-to-life. As I eyed some of the sketches, hairs stood on the back of my neck. This story is so powerful that often just a simple glance allows even the eyes to speak loudly in this highly recommended read.

Cherokee
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