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By Thomas H. Cook

In Thomas H. Cook’s Edgar Award–nominated first novel, a weary detective tracks a blood-crazed psychopath
Blood seeps into the gutters on the children’s zoo in important Park. deer were slaughtered, one stabbed fifty-seven occasions and the opposite slashed around the neck. as a rule it might be a case for the Parks division, yet those aren't any usual deer. The delight of the small menagerie, they got to the zoo via a in demand socialite who can't have the funds for bloody headlines. The NYPD fingers the case to Detective Reardon, famous person of the murder squad.
A fresh widower at fifty-six, Reardon has visible too many human sufferers to care a lot concerning the butchered animals. He resents being taken off different urgent circumstances for the sake of politics, yet quickly one other killing snaps him to consciousness. ladies are came across useless of their house, one stabbed fifty-seven occasions and the opposite along with her throat lower. without doubt this vicious parallel isn’t a coincidence.…

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All the legwork is being done. You can take a break. ” Reardon smiled. ” As he left the cage, Reardon’s legs felt unstable under him. He was afraid and he knew that he was afraid of something that did not seem to have anything to do with the fallow deer. He was afraid of a surging feeling that had plagued him during the first years of his career, when he had walked the streets as a young policeman. In the neighborhood where he had grown up, in the destitute tenements and littered streets, there had been three avenues of escape: crime, the priesthood or the police force.

Two patrolmen named Burns and Fitzgerald answered the call, and they said that according to one of the workmen …” He quickly turned through his notebook. “Here it is. According to one of the workmen — a guy named Gilbert Noble — they had to have been killed between three and three-thirty this morning. He works on the night crew. He saw the deer alive at three, and he saw them dead at three-thirty. ” “Nothing important. ” “Okay,” Mathesson said. ” Reardon nodded toward the open shed. ” “Yeah. It’s empty except for some dried leaves and deer shit.

Mathesson shrugged. ” Slowly Mathesson made his way to the other covered body and bent down to pull the tarpaulin back. He looked at Reardon. “This one’s not so bad. Not like the other one. ” When Mathesson pulled back the covering, Reardon saw what he meant. The deer’s spine had been severed at the neck in one powerful sweep, and the blood had surged from its throat in a broad, deep wave. As Reardon had suspected, death had come instantaneously to this fallow deer. Reardon nodded for Mathesson to cover the body and gently released the pen in his pocket.

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