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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: Evil at Heart

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain

Publisher/Publication Date: Minotaur Books, September 1, 2009

STARRED review--After his last encounter with bewitching serial killer Gretchen Lowell (Sweetheart, 2008), Portland, Oregon, police detective Archie Sheridan checked himself into a mental hospital. And why not? The man has suffered enough at Gretchen’s beautiful but deadly hands. Let’s recap: first she tortured him unmercifully, cutting out his spleen sans anesthesia, before inexplicably letting him live (Heartsick, 2007); then, after escaping from prison, she drew him into her web again, seduced him, and sliced his jugular vein, not quite badly enough to kill him. But, of course, Gretchen isn’t through with Archie.

When bodies with missing spleens start turning up around Portland, usually in locations where Gretchen has plied her trade in the past, Archie’s police colleagues come calling at the loony bin: they need his help if they are to have any chance at catching the “Beauty Killer” this time. But is Gretchen really back, or has she spawned a generation of copycats whose taste for removing internal organs is every bit as voracious as her own? A few more spleens are sacrificed before that gets sorted out, and Cain packs plenty of surprises for us along the way (don’t even ask by which male part one hapless fellow is suspended), but don’t panic: it isn’t all spectacular gore. Cain continues to display her remarkable ability to probe the psyches of her characters the way Gretchen probes our squishy parts. She’s no slouch at narrative strategy, either. Remarkably, both Gretchen and Archie are offstage more than on this time around, but that proves a clever ploy, both because it heightens our anticipation for the inevitable confrontation and because it gives more screen time to punky, spunky reporter Susan Ward, whose charisma demands a starring role eventually. Popular entertainment—the kind that mixes crime, horror, and even a little comedy—just doesn’t get much better than this. (Booklist)

"...Popular entertainment - the kind that mixes crime, horror, and even a little comedy - just doesn’t get much better than this."
--Booklist, STARRED review

"We've been down Hannibal Lecter Avenue many times, and these two books shouldn't work...but they do. Chalk it up to excellent writing and Cain's ferocious sense of humor."
--Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly | Top 10 Books of 2008

And that's not all! If you want to be a little freaked out - read the excerpt of Evil at Heart!

Evil at Heart
Publisher/Publication Date: Minotaur Books, Sept 1, 2009
ISBN: 978-0312368487
320 pages

What are you waiting for? Waiting on Wednesdays is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


bermudaonion said...

Oh my gosh! The book trailer is too scary! I could read this, but I could never watch it.

Heidi V said...

I'm with bermudaonion I could read it but not watch it!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I'm not a "thriller" reader, as a rule but this does sound good!

Unknown said...

I cannot wait for this - I have loved her books so far and eagerly awaiting this one.


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