Sep 05

The Postcard Killers

Posted by Soliloquy in Books on CD

NYPD detective Jack Kanon is on a tour of Europe’s most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren’t what draw him–he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each restaurant through a killer’s eyes.

Kanon’s daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have become victims of the same sadistic killers. Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson. Every killing is preceded by a p…

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  • Woody Davis says:

    Review by Woody Davis for The Postcard Killers
    I am a 62 year old professional who has been an avid reader all my life. I enjoy reading the works of both great writers (i.e. Hemingway and Fitzgerald) and storytellers. For many years James Patterson was one of my favorite storytellers. The early Alex Cross and his other pieces were great escapes and delights. They were well written, suspenseful and enjoyable. But recently, Patterson has become a whore to the almighty dollar and as despicable as many of his antagonists. He has sold his name and reputations to others, some of whom could have maybe achieved prestige with a little patience and practice. This mode of operation is a threat to the encouragement of budding authors. I would encourage all other avid readers of good fiction to find alternatives of Mr. Patterson’s “works” and hope that he will return to writing his own stories.

  • Alla S. says:

    Review by Alla S. for The Postcard Killers
    In the “Postcard Killers,” Patterson teams up with popular Swedish crime writer Liza Marklund to write a serial murder mystery set in some beautiful European settings. The book starts with Sylvia and Mac seducing an English couple they met in a museum. In a short time, the couple turns up dead. Soon we learn that this is not an isolated incident, but similar, seemingly random murders of young couples gave been sprouting up all over Europe. The only clue to these grotesque murders is a postcard sent to the local paper where the future murder will take place.

    This is how we meet Swedish crime columnist Dessie Larsson, who has just received a similar postcard. Enter Jacob Kannon, an NYPD detective whose daughter was murdered on her honeymoon, and who has obsessively been following the murders as they occur–finding out about Dessie’s postcard and traveling to Sweden to meet with her. The sub-plot becomes Dessie’s and Jacob’s complicated relationship. Dessie can’t stand Jacob and doesn’t understand why the killers chose to address the postcard to her. Jacob is hurt by Dessie’s indifferent behavior and vows to do anything to catch the killers.

    While Jacob and Dessie try to figure out the killers’ motive, the murders continue to occur until they become an international journalism sensation–with the killers referred to as the “postcard killers.” What further complicates the murders is that the victims are arranged into strange poses following their murders, which leads Dessie to a nagging suspicion that the killers are trying to send some kind of message.

    As are all Patterson’s books, it was a quick read with really short chapters. I find it’s much easier to turn the page when the chapter is a page and a half as opposed to ten pages. The plot itself is not a “whodunnit,” as Patterson and Marklund devote chapters that dissect the circumstances of the murders, but more of a how-do-we-catch-the-villains. The international settings and the controversial biography of the villains add an interesting dimension to the straightforward plot. Overall, an entertaining story.

  • Ronald Pavlovich says:

    Review by Ronald Pavlovich for The Postcard Killers
    I am a bit split on this book, the first 200 pages or so had me riveted, but the second half I thought a bit too drawn out. The conclusion I did not find that satisfying. The story follows New York Homicide detective Jacob Kanon on a journey to capture the monsters who have murdered his college age daughter while she is vacationing in Rome. The killers are known as the post card killers as they send a post card to newspaper reporters in the City they intend to take their next victim from. The story does move at a rapid pace, with adult themes and some pretty heavy violence. If you enjoy this type of story I highly recommend the thriller “A Tourist In The Yucatan”.

  • Jake Chism says:

    Review by Jake Chism for The Postcard Killers
    All over Europe young couples are being murdered and no clues are left behind. In every city, the killers send a postcard to the local paper before each slaying, but the police remain baffled and confused as the murderers run free. NYPD Detective Jacob Kanon lost his daughter to these monsters and is desperately traveling from city to city hoping to find one more piece to the puzzle. In Stockholm, Sweden, reporter Dessie Larsson has received the latest postcard indicating the murderers are about to strike again. Larsson and Kanon must now team up to stop this insurmountable foe and uncover the darkness that lies beneath.

    What do you get when the #1 Bestselling Author in the U.S. (James Patterson) meets the #1 Bestselling Author in Europe (Liza Marklund)? According to the front cover of the book we get “the scariest vacation thriller ever.” While that may be clever marketing, I think the more appropriate tagline would be, “the most disturbing vacation thriller ever.”

    Patterson and his co-authors often resort to over the top gimmicks in their writing that amount to nothing more than shock value. The Postcard Killers is a prime example with loads of graphic content, distasteful sex scenes, and an incestuous relationship thrown in our faces to really make us squirm. All these elements are just loud distractions attempting to cover up the fact that the story is mediocre at best.

    As always, Patterson’s tight writing and relentless pacing keep the pages flying, but by the end I was just ready for this one to be over. Had more effort been made into fleshing out the characters or actually making this book scary this could have been a fun story. Sadly, the gimmicks and overall lack of depth drag this story down making this hyped collaboration a sore disappointment. Luckily for Patterson fans, after finding a dud we only have a couple of months at most to wait for his next attempt. I’m hoping the upcoming continuations of the stellar Alex Cross and Michael Bennett series will reflect the talent and creativity that Patterson is more than capable of.

    Review copy provided by publisher.

  • A. Roberts says:

    Review by A. Roberts for The Postcard Killers
    I finished “Postcard Killers” last night and it was a chore. Actually after I got to the incestuous relationship I lost any interest in the book. That was just disgusting. I’m not a prude when reading novels and expect some profanity and even sexual scenes, however, the incest just lost it for me. I did skim quit a bit from then on and read the last chapters but when I finished there were no characters who really grabbed me or that I would want to know more about. Many times when I finish a book there will be characters that have interesed me and think I would like to know what happens to them or maybe even hope for a sequel-not so here. I had empathy with Jacob for the loss of his daughter but yet just couldn’t get interested in his character-he seemed out of control a lot of the time and seemed to me that he could have accomplished more with a little more control. Essie didn’t seem terribly interesting either. First she’s married for 4 years-then is in a realtionship with a woman for awhile then back to men. Since the co-author I gather is Swedish perhaps the whole style of the book is more European-I don’t know!!

    Even the victims for the most part who were seduced by the killers-why would their actions not raise red flags to someone. IT would seem that when Sylvia hit on the guy, the lover or wife would say. “Let’s get out of here!” And you would allow a stranger to stand and watch you put in your pin # when purchasing something. There just seemed so many things that didn’t ring true.

    The book moves along at a quick pace most of the time and I could have seen possilbiites for this particular storyline. It’s a scenario that’s been used before but most storylines have been used. I think it could have worked without the Incest-because after that it was just creepy to me. Some liked the book so guess that didn’t bother them and perhaps they see something worthy in it I didn’t.

    I enjoy a good mystery/thriller but this one just had too many things that didn’t work for me. Would I try another James Patterson with or without a co-author-of course-just wouldn’t buy it. Maybe try getting it at the library first! Then I’ve lost nothing except some time. I have liked many of Mr. Patterson’s books so won’t give up that easily.

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