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Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest of her life, while Archie is in a prison of another kind--addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind. Archie's a different person, his estranged wife says, and he knows she's right. He continues to visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get her to confess as to the whereabouts of more of her victims, but even he knows the truth--he can't stay away. When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets of Portland, Archie has to pull himself together enough to lead the new task force investigating the murders. A hungry young newspaper reporter, Susan Ward, begins profiling Archie and the investigation, which sparks a deadly game between Archie, Susan, the new killer, and even Gretchen. They need to catch a killer, and maybe somehow then Archie can free himself from Gretchen, once and for all.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312368463
Call Number: CAIN
Characteristics: 337 p. ; 18 cm.
Subjects: Thrillers (Fiction)
Suspense fiction.
Portland (Or.) -- Fiction.
Women journalists -- Fiction.
Women serial murderers -- Fiction.
Police -- Oregon -- Portland -- Fiction.


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Nov 15, 2017

I give this 5 stars! A great read, one I could not put down. I have read this and the second in the series, which was equally as good and am now on the 3rd. Great characters, easy read and a very twisted and evil villain.

Dec 13, 2016

**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book. Gretchen Lowell, beautiful, seductive and as creepy as hell, a serial killer extreme torturer, who tortured her last victim -Detective Archie Sheridan and after 10 days decided to turn herself in and save him.

He's not a perfect protagonist, he's got principles, but he's also addicted to Vicodin for the pain, his marriage is a shambles...and he visits Gretchen every Sunday in the maximum security prison.

Great read, not for everyone, but I sure enjoyed this thriller.

Feb 25, 2016

I did not like this book at all. with 30 pages to go I almost gave up. But I did finish it and I am SO glad I did.

Plot, brutally boring and dull in terms of the current unknown killer through the book. The flashbacks to Archie and Gretchen were the best parts and really stood out from the rest of the book.

Characters, Archie and Susan were great, not much development but still strong. Everyone else boring and forgettable. Yawn.

Gretchen is the most insanely creepy serial killer I've read. Cringe worthy and spine tingling and every other twisted adjective are completely deserved. Really enjoyed all her scenes.
It really wasn't until the second last chapter that everything picked up which was a great lead into the second book.

Marlowe Jan 09, 2016

The first installment in Cain's Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series, this is a solid detective thriller. Cain offers the classic serial killer vs. time hardened detective, with enough background events to complicate things. The necessary side kick is found in a female newspaper writer, and of course drama ensues. A quick, entertaining, but often gruesome read.

Dec 02, 2015

Book 1

Sep 06, 2015

Decent book. A very easy read. Enjoyed it. Most of the book wasn't THAT graphic. A few pages might rattle a tender heart. Recommended.

Aug 24, 2014

I decided to read this book series since I heard they might be making a tv series out of it. A great book it draws you in. Gretchen is the female verison of Dexter

Apr 14, 2013

Love thrillers and this one didn't disappoint. Just could not put the book down.

Jul 16, 2012

Alright novel. I felt like the story lacked some depth. Didn't make me want to read the sequels.

Jun 27, 2012

Good thriller. Graphic at times.

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