THE HUNDREDTH MAN (Police Procedural) – G Jack Kerley – 1st book
Dutton, 2004 – Hardcover

Det. Carson Ryder is one-half of new team supposed to investigate crimes which indicate having been committed by someone with psychological disorder; i.e., crazy. For their first case, they have a serial killer leaving headless bodies lying about with very small writing on the body.

The character of Ryder and his history is intriguing if a bit familiar. I really enjoyed his experienced partner Harry. The crimes are suitably unusual enough you really want to know who and why, and really don’t know until the end. But the secondary characters were, for the most part, easy stereotypes and their issues much to easily overcome. All-in-all, it’s a good first effort, but I’ll hope for more from his next book.

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