The Death Collectors Paperback
by Jack Kerley
Part of the Carson Ryder series
A terrifying new serial-killer thriller featuring Carson Ryder, hero of the bestselling The Hundredth Man.
Thirty years after his death, Marsden Hexcamp's 'Art of the Final Moment' remains as sought after as ever.
But this is no ordinary collection. Hexcamp's portfolio was completed with the aid of a devoted band of acolytes - and half a dozen victims, each of whom was slowly tortured to death so that their final agonies could be distilled into art.
When tiny scraps of Hexcamp's 'art' begin appearing at murder scenes alongside gruesomely displayed corpses, Detective Carson Ryder and his partner Harry Nautilus must go back three decades in search of answers.
Meanwhile an auction has been announced and the death collectors are gathering.
These wealthy connoisseurs of serial-killer memorabilia will pay millions to acquire Hexcamp's art - unless Carson and Harry can beat them in their quest for the anti-grail.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 528 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 02/05/2006
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780007180615
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Review by uk_jw
One of the earlier outings for Nautilus and Ryder. Here they investigate a horrific murder that carries strong similarities to the murders committed by a long dead serial killer. The underlying ploy here is the fairly horrific idea that there is a small group of weathy people who choose to collect serial killer memorobilia - an idea Ifound distastful and difficult to rid myself of upon finishing the book. The resolution of the crime requires several leaps of faith but is a good read for all of that. I'd like to see more of the relationship between the 2 leads develop further.
Review by SonicQuack
Kerley has matured with his writing style since The Hundredth Man, with less jarring dialogue and more engaging narrative. The industry is pumping these novels out at an incredible pace and this story is typical of the genre, a suspenseful journey to uncover the murderer, with additional bodies along the way. The Death Collectors does not offer any insightful and new content, it relies on the banter of its central characters to hold interest beyond it's mediorce plot. It has some decent moments and readers will surely return for further helpings in the future.