Paul Czarcik, the longest-tenured detective in the Illinois Bureau of Judicial Enforcement, puts the rest of the team to shame. Ruthless and riddled with vices, Czarcik always gets his man. And fast. Until now…
A double slaying isn’t the open-and-shut case of urban crime he’s used to. Connecting it to a high-profile Texas judge, Czarcik realizes something bigger is going on. It’s the work of a serial killer for whom Chicago is just the beginning. Now he’s inviting Czarcik to play catch-me-if-you-can on a cross-country murder spree.
Going rogue, Czarcik accepts the challenge. But as the bodies pile up, he must come to grips with the fact that nothing—not the killer, the victims, or the rules—is what it seems in this bloody game of cat and mouse.
★★★★ 4 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★★
This book is a somewhat unique take on a serial killer hunt. We are introduced to the killer from the go. Some may not like that, but there is a reason for it. It's what the story dictates to get the overall point across. It's a game of 'catch me if you can'.
I devoured this book. I love the flawed characters. They were perfectly flawed in all the right ways. There are no perfect characters in this one. Czarcik is most likely the most flawed, and he doesn't have any shame for it. He is who he is.
There are a handful of very graphic scenes. If you have a soft stomach, this might be hard to read. Some of the crime scenes hold nothing back on what this serial killer is capable of. Personally, their graphic nature is what adds to the impact the story had on me.
Daniel, the serial killer. Is he really a criminal? Sure he is murdering people. But for him, there is a reason. Vigilante killers always peek my interest. A murder is a murder, but when those being hunted are predators in some way, is it really a crime? This is the big conundrum in this book. One that Czarcik himself struggles with.
Overall, this is an extremely well-written crime thriller. I could have done without the little romantic twist thrown in during the last of the book, but it didn't totally kill my mood while reading it. This book is definitely worth picking up.