Thursday, August 5, 2010

While Galileo Preys-Joshua Corin

While Galileo Preys
Joshua Corin
Mira, Sep 1 2010, $7.99
ISBN: 9780778328117

The sniper has paralyzed the Atlanta area with abject fear. Fourteen humans are known dead (and one dog). Apparently random people have been shot to death around the city from distances that most sharpshooters would be unable to hit the target. As the count rises, Galileo, as he is known by the terrified residents, continues to get away with murder.

Her former partner and mentor Tom Piper pleads with retired FBI profiler Esme Stuart to assist on the case. Only in her late thirties, she prefers to say no as she has become an Oyster Bay suburban civilian with an elementary school aged child, but cannot as long as the psychopath remains on the homicidal rampage. However, Esme soon realizes being a Good Samaritan poses risks not just to her but to her family as Galileo sets his scope on her and kin.

This is a terrific police procedural as Esme and the Galileo are great antagonists who make for an exhilarating story line. Fast-paced from the moment Esme joins the case, fans will relish Joshua Corin’s entertaining thriller that takes a historical western classic plot of the retired sheriff taking on the deadly gunslinger and changes the hero’s genre, era and locale; while reminding readers of the DC snipers.

Harriet Klausner

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