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 valuable Park. deer were slaughtered, one stabbed fifty-seven occasions and the opposite slashed around the neck. usually it might be a case for the Parks division, yet those aren't any usual deer. The delight of the small menagerie, they got to the zoo through a popular socialite who can't come up with the money for bloody headlines. The NYPD fingers the case to Detective Reardon, famous person of the murder squad.
 
A contemporary widower at fifty-six, Reardon has visible too many human sufferers to care a lot concerning the butchered animals. He resents being taken off different urgent situations for the sake of politics, yet quickly one other killing snaps him to realization. ladies are came upon useless of their condo, one stabbed fifty-seven instances and the opposite along with her throat reduce. definitely this vicious parallel isn’t a coincidence.…

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Nothing personal,” Piccolini said, “nobody who actually knew Van Allen. But it still could have been radical types, some crazy, off-the-wall radical group maybe. ” Reardon nodded. ” “Now look,” Piccolini said, “this is a big case. One of the biggest. Some real big people are looking in on this one, interested in it, if you know what I mean. ” Piccolini smiled. “And that means you, John. You were recommended for this case, and you’ve got it. ” Reardon was fifty-six years old and a detective; he did not need any more big pluses and was surprised Piccolini could think he did.

He had wanted to minister to distress, to protect helplessness and innocence from the abuse that constantly threatened them. It had been a romantic notion and he had quickly discarded its more sentimental aspects. But something of it had always lingered in him; nothing could destroy it altogether, and Reardon sensed that he should not let it be destroyed. He suspected that this sensation of protection and guardianship formed the better part of him, and he did not want to lose it. But now its power seemed to be rising in unpredictable and uncontrollable bursts.

Big charity types. Social types too. ” “So you think it’s a political angle? ” “Nothing personal,” Piccolini said, “nobody who actually knew Van Allen. But it still could have been radical types, some crazy, off-the-wall radical group maybe. ” Reardon nodded. ” “Now look,” Piccolini said, “this is a big case. One of the biggest. Some real big people are looking in on this one, interested in it, if you know what I mean. ” Piccolini smiled. “And that means you, John. You were recommended for this case, and you’ve got it.

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