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Still Life with Devils

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ISBN13: 9780979808104
ISBN10: 0979808103
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It's mid-October in San Francisco and a serial killer the police have named Captain Nemo has just claimed his sixth pregnant victim. As tensions rise, two people work desperately to find the killer before he claims number seven. Homicide chief and single father Cassius Chant is desperate. Whoever Nemo is, he's left no evidence beyond an ever-lengthening line of dead women. Finally, a witness to the sixth murder comes forward. Involving his artist sister Leontyne is the last thing Cassy wants to do, but with a possible eyewitness and the staff artist out sick, he has no choice. Only when Leo draws the killer's face does Cassy begin to believe he will finally unravel the twisted threads of this case. While Cassy pursues leads that may lead to justice, Leo knows she can find and face this demon alone. She's drawn that face before and she has a gift that transcends her artistic skill. Leo can walk into the worlds she's created on canvas. This time she's going to do it to find a killer. As gentle as Barbara Michaels's paranormal suspense novels,Grabien's are also as downright frightening as Daniel Hecht's Cree Black thrillers. Library Journal Grabien]. makes the fantastic seem possible. Publishers Weekly Grabien]...builds the kind of sophisticated suspense that surrounds and embraces us to make our minds spin and the hair on the back of our neck rise. Boston Globe

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"Grabien (New-Slain Knight) turns to supernatural crime with an artistic twist in this eerie thriller. Leo Chant and her brother, SFPD Lt. Cassius Chant, join forces to identify Captain Nemo, a psycho who kills pregnant women and then arranges their corpses according to feng shui principles. After Nemo claims a seventh victim in broad daylight, an elderly Chinese eyewitness helps Leo provide the police with a sketch, but the almost demonic features give Leo a shock. Has she seen them before? Digging through old sketchbooks with Mara, her preternaturally wise teenage niece, leads Leo to a dangerous attempt to catch Nemo by entering the 'shadowlands of painted reality' through Leo's painting of the killer. Leo's blend of art and magic is a novel and intriguing method for closing cases and will leave readers hoping that a sequel is in the works." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Peggy J, May 11, 2009 (view all comments by Peggy J)
Different from Grabien's "Haunted Ballad" series, this brings her ghosts and a modern murder mystery together in a story combining art, police procedural, and love story. Very compelling, very good.
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Cindy Sweeney, November 29, 2007 (view all comments by Cindy Sweeney)
When I sit down to read a Deborah Grabien book, I expect to meet characters so real that it seems they could walk off the page into my living room. What I didn't expect was to meet a character who could walk out of her living room into one of her own paintings.... In this story, an artist decides to help catch a serial killer by using her unusual ability to enter her own paintings. What she isn't prepared for is the possibility that the killer might have some unusual abilities, too. Grabien's characters and setting feel so authentic, they make the supernatural elements seem entirely plausible too.

I'm giving "Still Life with Devils" four stars because I have a slight preference for the author's "Haunted Ballad" series of books. But it's a very good read, and well worth the purchase price.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780979808104
Publisher:
Drollerie Press
Subject:
Thrillers
Author:
Grabien, Deborah
Subject:
Fantasy - Dark/Horror
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
228
Dimensions:
5.98x9.01x.51 in. .75 lbs.

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Product details 228 pages Drollerie Press - English 9780979808104 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Grabien (New-Slain Knight) turns to supernatural crime with an artistic twist in this eerie thriller. Leo Chant and her brother, SFPD Lt. Cassius Chant, join forces to identify Captain Nemo, a psycho who kills pregnant women and then arranges their corpses according to feng shui principles. After Nemo claims a seventh victim in broad daylight, an elderly Chinese eyewitness helps Leo provide the police with a sketch, but the almost demonic features give Leo a shock. Has she seen them before? Digging through old sketchbooks with Mara, her preternaturally wise teenage niece, leads Leo to a dangerous attempt to catch Nemo by entering the 'shadowlands of painted reality' through Leo's painting of the killer. Leo's blend of art and magic is a novel and intriguing method for closing cases and will leave readers hoping that a sequel is in the works." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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