Blood Innocents by Thomas H. Cook

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 relevant Park. deer were slaughtered, one stabbed fifty-seven instances and the opposite slashed around the neck. quite often it might be a case for the Parks division, yet those aren't any traditional deer. The satisfaction of the small menagerie, they got to the zoo by way of a well known socialite who can't have the funds for bloody headlines. The NYPD arms the case to Detective Reardon, celebrity of the murder squad.
 
A fresh widower at fifty-six, Reardon has obvious 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 cognizance. ladies are stumbled on lifeless of their condominium, one stabbed fifty-seven occasions and the opposite together with her throat reduce. definitely this vicious parallel isn’t a coincidence.…

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Reardon had declined, and they had shaken hands. Whenever Reardon felt some need for a quiet moment of shared decency and generosity, his mind turned to that. “Mr. ” the secretary said, returning to the line. ” “Mr. Reardon wishes to know if you will have dinner with him tonight. ” “All right,” Reardon said. ” Reardon found the formality of the secretary irritating. ” “Yeah, right,” Reardon hastily said, glad to get off the phone. As soon as he hung up he went into Piccolini’s office. Piccolini sat hunched over his desk, staring glumly at an inch-thick stack of requisition forms.

Strictly a ham-and-eggs muscle man, a bone breaker for a few shylocks. We’ve checked him out closely, and there’s no evidence as yet that he had anything to do with the killing. We’ve tried to reconstruct Alverez’s movements the night she died. We know that she wasn’t hooking that night. She went to a movie with a girlfriend. The doorman in her building says that she got home around eleven o’clock. So far he’s the last person to have seen her alive. The next morning she was dead. We have the weapon, a plain carpenter’s hammer.

Reardon turned up the collar of his overcoat and stepped inside the shed. Almost every square inch of the shed was covered with some kind of writing. Most prominent were the obscenities, references to various sexual acts or bodily functions. Interspersed with these were individual names, hundreds of them: Stanislas and Pedro, Betsie and Wilhelmina. There were also attempts at poetry, bits of personal philosophy and expressions of occult religions. But what grasped Reardon’s attention was something else, something that stood out from the rest; most of the writing had been done with chalk or spray paint, but this one was written in a color Reardon had seen too often not to recognize.

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