Synopses & Reviews
When a sniper kills four people on Boston Common, Boston homicide detective Mike Houston and his partner Anne Bouchard are sent to investigate the case. Amidst the blood and terror, Houston discovers similarities, likenessesthe killers positioning, his choice of victims, and his code of ethicsbetween the crime scene and his own training as a US Marine scout and sniper. And with the staging of the scene set for prime shock value, Houston has to wonder what it is this murderer intends to accomplish.
The connection is confirmed in the worst possible way when the sniper strikes again, this time killing Houstons ex-wife, severing whats left of the bond between Houston and his estranged daughter, Susie. Its personal now, and as the death toll rises, Houston and Bouchard will stop at nothing to find the cold-blooded sniper whos making a mockery of their department. In a final gesture of cat and mouse depravity, the killer kidnaps Susie, luring Houston to an island on a remote lake in Maine for a deadly, sniper-to-sniper showdown.
"Four people lie dead on Boston Common at the outset of Hardaker's hard-hitting, if predictable first novel. To Det. Mike Houston's trained eye, the evidence points to an experienced sniper, someone trained, as Houston was, by the U.S. Marine Corps. When Houston's ex-wife, Pamela, falls to the assassin's bullet, he knows that the lives of his family and friends are at stake. Allying himself with criminals, Houston takes on his unseen opponent in a game of cat and mouse that leads to a bloody showdown on an isolated Maine island. A paean to vigilante justice, this thriller offers a rich assortment of revenge fantasy clichÃ©s without building on them in any way. Readers should be prepared for torture scenes, problematic racial and misogynist elements, and a passionate rejection of rule of law in favor of more emotionally satisfying violent confrontation. Agent: Paula Munier, Talcott Notch Literary Services." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Vaughn C. Hardacker is a veteran of the US Marines, and he served in Vietnam. He holds degrees from Northern Maine Community College, the University of Maine, and Southern New Hampshire University. Hardacker is a member of the New England Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and his short stories have been published in several anthologies.