The Death Collectors by Jack Kerley takes the reader on a suspenseful ride that will keep you guessing until the end.
“In 1972, on the day of his sentencing, renowned artist and serial killer Marsden Hexcamp is shot dead in the courtroom by a mysterious veiled woman. Members of his Mansonesque band of followers are imprisoned or simply disappear…
Decades later, a suspected prostitute is found murdered in a candlelit motel room, the first in a series of horrors suggesting that Hexcamp’s art remains alive and treacherous. Following a trail of beautiful – and profoundly disturbing – artwork, homicide detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus descend into the shocking world of the Death Collectors, people who spend vast sums to collect serial-killer memorabilia.” (http://www.jackkerley.com/deathcollectorssynopsis.html)
Wow! One of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. I usually guess correctly when it comes to the ‘bad guy, or girl’. Not this time, not only that, but other characters in the book all were interwoven in the main plot in surprising ways.
I found it difficult to put the book down. Reading about the perverse nature of some, while others lurk on that grey line between going too far, and staying ‘good’.
Highly recommend this book.