Monday, March 08, 2010

You Can't Stop Me -- Max Allan Collins & Matthew Clemens

First of all, if you're curious about how this collaboration came about, click here for an informative post by Matthew Clemens on Ed Gorman's blog.

Okay, now that you know how the authors work together, it's time for me to say a few words about the book. It's an all-out thriller with a serial killer being tracked across the country by the host of a reality TV show. How's that for an idea?

J. C. Harrow is a small-town cop who has a really good day that goes really bad. He catches a guy who's bent on assassinating the president. That's good. He goes home that night to find his wife and son murdered. That's as bad as it gets.

Years later, Harrow is the host of Crime Seen! a highly successful TV show. Behind the scenes, he's putting together a team that he hopes will allow him to track down the killer of his wife and son. (One of the team members is from Waco, Texas. Texas leads the way.) When the hunt begins in earnest, with the viewers helping, Harrow has a lot to consider. What if one of those viewers is the killer? And what if the show is driving the killer to murder others?

The story moves fast, but with plenty of twists and turns. Maybe the title should have been You Can't Stop Reading because this one's hard to put down. Check it out.

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