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Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Worthy Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 1.25 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Kristen Connor Mysteries
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lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Whew what a thrill!August 21, 2015lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kristen Conner has anger issues; just ask her family and friends! She is a detective with the Chicago Police Department, lives alone and goes to church. Now, she has been assigned a new case. There has been a grisly murder of a woman by means of a knife. The manner of the murder has alerted the FBI, which then sends a task force to work in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department. This may be the work of a serial killer who has used the same method of murder in several other cities, then goes underground for a little while and pops back up in another city months or even years later. Chicago could be the sixth city where the killer has struck. Another body is soon discovered killed in the same manner. Another thing in common in all the murders is that the killer never leaves any evidence, so the task force has very little to investigate.
As the pressure to solve the case mounts, Kristens anger and keeping herself at a distance from others increases. She spends all her time working the case, trying to catch the killer. Her love life takes a down turn, but she doesnt seem too upset by this. She has no time for a relationship right now, even though she is quickly approaching thirty as her family points out. As the killer continues to evade the police, Kristen discovers a clue that might solve the case.
I really liked this character. She has a great sense of humor and is grounded in her faith. She is a gritty, sometimes in-your-face person who is also well-versed in defending herself the old school waywith her fists. She will do anything to protect her family and pushes her bosses to the limit by ignoring their orders. Her father was on the Chicago police force and she feels honored to follow in his footsteps. The story is full of action, tension, loyalty, family devotion and much more. Kristen will make you laugh and sometimes make you cringe at some of her more direct comments or observations. I cant wait to read book two in the series, Every Breath You Take.
AvidReaderCharlotte, NCAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great suspenseAugust 6, 2013AvidReaderCharlotte, NCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love this character! She's sweet and funny under her tough exterior. It's not often I read a book and think, "I want to be friends with her" about a main character. The suspense is solid and kept me reading all night. I can't wait to read the second book.
msharryGeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5clean thrillerMay 10, 2013msharryGeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great police procedural about a serial killer and a feisty female detective with a large extended family. Very suspenseful but clean with no sex or language and a heroine who talks to God. Definitely a thrilling thriller.
BugsyMissouriAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent read.March 22, 2013BugsyMissouriAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was an excellent read. The story was fast paced. Hard to put down.
SapphireWyomingAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Don't Wait - Order it Right Away!October 22, 2012SapphireWyomingAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is phenomenal! The heroine is deeply flawed, yet still entirely likeable. The action scenes are incredibly realistic, taking into consideration female limitations, injuries, and adrenaline surges. And the twists are perfectly timed: You're positive you've figured it out, when all of a sudden you realize how wrong you were - they're twists you didn't see coming, yet in hindsight, they make complete sense.
This is one of the best-written books I have read in a long time (and I read quite a bit!). I cannot recommend it enough.
Located in: Brentwood, TN
Submitted: March 06, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. I am the father of six great kids - with just one left in the house now. Oh - wait - one came back - so there's two. I've spent 30 years in publishing - from packing boxes, writing articles and curriculum, editing and managing editorial departments, marketing director, and finally serving as exec vp and publisher for three companies. I love book publishing! Amy and I live in Brentwood TN and attend Brentwood Baptist Church.
What was your motivation behind this project? I have always loved character driven mystery and suspense. From the Hardy Boys in grade school, to James Bond and Sherlock Holmes and Nero Wolfe in my teen years, then on to spy thrillers by Deighton and LeCarre in college, and then discovering a plethora of great thrillers from Hillerman, Block, Grimes, Child, Leonard, Mosely, Crais, Silva and a host of others throughout my adult life. I even went through a crime noir faze where I had to reread everything from Chandler and Hammet. I can't forget Graham Greene. The common denominator? Great lead character. I've spent 30 years in publishing and have a couple graduate degrees, but the best training I've received to pen my debut mystery thriller comes from the sheer volume of great books I've read. I've had a tremendous amount of fun writing CUTS LIKE A KNIFE - and count it as a tribute to the writers who have brought me so much enjoyment as a reader. I think you will fall in love with my lead character, Detective Kristen Conner. She's tough and in your face. And she's a fragile mess. She loves God, her family, the Chicago Police Department - her dad was a cop - and anything you put on her plate. Doesn't mean she gets along with all parties mentioned, however - except the food. Kristen also has a secret - but don't expect me to tell you what it is for at least a couple of books!
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I did my best to write a great thriller that has all the twists, turns, and suspense readers love. The fact that my character is such a "graceful mess" to watch in action should make the experience even more fun. I think there will be deep appreciation for Detective Kristen Conner's simple and honest faith.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I got quite a few frequent customer awards from Starbucks while writing Cuts Like a Knife. Wrote early morning and late night so I could do he day job. But I've never been one for a lot of sleep anyway! I do feel a sense of gratitude from the response to Cuts.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? See above! LOL. Let's just say I like a great plot as much as the next person - but the writer that creates a wonderful character is the one I read over and over. Probably my favorite character over the past 10 years has been Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon. The author that inspired me to try and write a Christian character into a general market mystery was Tony Hillerman. His character Jim Chee was deeply religious and reflective as he solved crimes on the Navajo Reservation.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: When books don't do very well you often hear an author complain that his publisher didn't do very much. Having been a publisher I know there are a lot of factors. But what I can state very boldly is that my friends from Worthy Publishing have done a tremendous job bringing Cuts Like a Knife to market. If it should fail commercially the fault will be all mine. However, I think we have something special here. The Worthy leadership team has something 170 years of combined experience in publishing. No one will claim most years of service, however.