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Nameless by Joe Conlan
Release date:  March 16, 2013
My rating:  5 murderous stars






Chilling and taut, NAMELESS, introduces a fresh and exciting twist on the deadly game of cat and mouse. By virtue of one impulsive and deeply human, but all too grave mistake, a good and decent man finds himself pitted against the embodiment of evil and threatened with losing everything and everyone he loves and values; including the pristine reputation he has endeavored all his adult life to establish. FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel Falcone unwittingly steps onto course for a head-on collision with a frighteningly brilliant psychotic serial killer, whose harrowing childhood abuse and neglect left him devoid of humanity and salivating for revenge. Framed for a brutal murder on a commercial cruise ship, and fighting for the right to raise his sons and clear his name, Falcone races against the clock and struggles to keep his eyes on the prize, even while his profound guilt and self-loathing threaten to destroy him faster than his maniacal adversary.


What is everyone saying about this book?  Take a look...

"Gripping story that kept me utterly enthralled from the very first page right through to the end."

"This book had me totally fixated by page 2! It is so well written. The characters come to life in a way that you feel as if you know them."

"This is a book I simply cannot put down......I am half way thru it and hoping the author will be working on book 2.......Nameless is a definite page turner......let me just say WOW, Joe Conlan.....lets do this again....."


Teaser Time...


With his murder weapon in hand, he proceeded into the bedroom, where he took note that Paul Anderson was sleeping on the side of the bed nearest the balcony. The wife was lying on her back, snoring thunderously at his side. Shem silently crept to Paul’s side of the bed and stood over him, watching the rhythmic rising and falling of his chest as he drew in his last breaths. In one swift, sudden motion, he shoved Anderson facedown onto the floor. Dazed and disoriented, Paul looked back to see the tall, muscle-bound man in a black rubber body suit standing over him with a pair of scissors raised high over his head. In the split second before Chassar jumped on his back, his mind had not yet registered that he was in grave danger. With no time to react in self-defense, he was helpless to avoid the stab of the sharp point of the scissors. It penetrated through his Adam’s apple and into the carotid artery. Shem then savagely dragged the scissors through flesh, tearing across the throat to puncture the jugular vein. Paul’s entire body convulsed, reacting to the searing heat where the scissors ripped through muscle and tendons. It felt as though his neck were being shredded by a white hot poker. He tried to scream. Instead, he exhaled a barely audible squeak no louder than a whimper. The scissors had punctured through the neck deeply enough to sever his vocal chords. Warm, thick blood gushed from the open wound. The blood loss was quick and unrelenting. Within seconds, Paul lost all strength and power to fight for his life. As he faded into oblivion, his blood saturated his assailant’s hands.


Conlan, Joe (2013-03-01). Nameless (p. 51). Joe Conlan. Kindle Edition. 

Chassar jumped on his back, his mind had not yet registered that he was in grave danger. With no time to react in self-defense, he was helpless to avoid the stab of the sharp point of the scissors. It penetrated through his Adam’s apple and into the carotid artery. Shem then savagely dragged the scissors through flesh, tearing across the throat to puncture the jugular vein. Paul’s entire body convulsed, reacting to the searing heat where the scissors ripped through muscle and tendons. It felt as though his neck were being shredded by a white hot poker. He tried to scream. Instead, he exhaled a barely audible squeak no louder than a whimper. The scissors had punctured through the neck deeply enough to sever his vocal chords. Warm, thick blood gushed from the open wound. The blood loss was quick and unrelenting. Within seconds, Paul lost all strength and power to fight for his life. As he faded into oblivion, his blood saturated his assailant’s hands.

Conlan, Joe (2013-03-01). Nameless (p. 51). Joe Conlan. Kindle Edition. 

Isaac’s moment had arrived. He grabbed Terry Smithson around her arms and chest and pulled her with great force out of the chamber down to a depth of which Fernando would not have approved. A shocked and horrified Terry tried with all the strength she could muster to break her attacker’s grip to no avail. When he felt he had reached a distance that would be outside the range of the tour guide’s flashlight, in his trademark, lightning quick motion, he released the grip of one hand, pulled the knife out of its sheath and slit her throat. Within seconds, Terry Smithson’s body went limp. He kept his grip with the one arm and swam as fast as his legs would allow away from the tour group and back in the direction of the original dive site. He continued to swim until he felt it was safe to turn his flashlight back on. By the time Fernando completed the darkness exhibition, Isaac and the half-dead Terry Smithson were well out of view. 
The current was flowing in such a direction that Fernando and his group never witnessed the blood cascading out of Terry Smithson’s slashed carotid artery. When the tour guide realized two of his charges were missing, he began to search the immediate vicinity for the next five minutes. They were nowhere to be found. Agitated they would have violated the most important rule and knowing he still had five other divers to worry about, he decided to continue the tour and let the cabrones fend for themselves. 
In the meantime, Isaac continued to dive as deep as he dared until he was sure the woman was dead. Since he removed her mouthpiece more than five minutes before, he figured if she hadn’t already bled to death, she had surely drowned. He released the body and closed off her tank so that no more oxygen would be discharged and the apparatus would maintain its weight. The body slowly sank deeper into the black water. He laughed to himself as he wondered if the Mayan God of water would be satisfied with his offering.

Conlan, Joe (2013-03-01). Nameless (p. 217). Joe Conlan. Kindle Edition. 

My Review...

This is one book that you will not be able to get out of your head for a long time.  The most effective way for me to describe this book is Criminal Minds uncensored, unplugged and unglued!  If you are looking for a suspenseful and gripping thriller, look no further!  This book will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through.
Joe Conlan is a genius.  Not many people can create and execute such gory and realistic portraits of his characters; yet still keep the plot and details of the story in place.  This book is a true work of art.  I love scary movies, now I am in love with scary books.  This book gave me the goosebumps.. and maybe a small nightmare or two here and there (and not in my sleep)!
Shem... he is a serial killer.  He is the product of a low-life prostitute.  He has learned to survive on his own since he was a little child.  Despite his lack of real name, semblance of any kind of upbringing, schooling, etc, he has managed to show that he has the mind of a genius.  He is cunning, calculating, intelligent and successful in his endeavors.  He stalks his prey.  He is patient.  He strategizes his kills. It is hard to remember that he is a work of fiction and not a real psychopath.  He gets off on the kill itself.  The feel of warm blood from his victims on his skin gets him off in ways that will make you sick, yet intrigued.
Daniel, FBI agent in charge of finding this psychotic serial killer... He is married with two boys.  His life is mundane, but he loves his job.  He portrayed as the typical law enforcement agent; married to his job.  Enter his college sweetheart, the center of Shem's obsession.  Joe Conlan does a good job at getting you into Daniel's head.  To see things the way he sees them.  To feel them the way he feels them.
Believe it or not, you will have a hard time figuring out who to root for in this book.  One would think you should want the psycho to be caught and jailed, but it is hard.  You get to know Shem so intimately, you almost feel sorry for him... maybe even empathy for him.  It becomes hard to consider him the bad guy, even though he methodically stalks and hunts his prey, then kills them in such a gruesome manner.  How can you not want him stopped?  Well, in order to figure that out, you will have to read this book!  It will be one of the best books you have read, ever! 



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Comments

  1. Welcome, welcome! I enjoyed the blurb, looking forward to reading Nameless. :)

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  2. Just want to give you a great big welcome!!! The blurb on the book sounds fantastic! Can't wait to read it!!!

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  3. WELCOM!! I wanted to make sure that you heard me. I think that this book is going to be a very good read. Thanks for bringing it to us. Here's to much success and a long future!

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  4. A huge welcome!! Love the blurb. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  5. Welcome! I am excited to read your book!

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  6. Welcome Joe Comment!! Nice to meet you!!

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  7. So nice to have had you here.. ;)) look forward in reading your book

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