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Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of A Killer’s Wife comes the thrilling first installment in the Shepard & Gray series, featuring a young sheriff who teams up with a former prosecutor to stop a copycat killer.

This is Reaper speaking.

So begins an anonymous letter published in a Utah newspaper after a young couple is viciously murdered. Tooele County sheriff Elizabeth Gray leads the investigation into the double homicide, which is eerily reminiscent of a string of brutal killings years ago. When the letter leads detectives to yet another body, Gray calls on an old friend for help.

Former prosecutor Solomon Shepard is still struggling to recover from the deadly courtroom attack that ended his career. He’s been keeping a safe distance from the action, teaching criminology seminars about serial murders and psychopathology—until Gray asks for his help on the Reaper case.

As the body count mounts, Shepard and Gray race to unravel the deranged design of a copycat killer—and find themselves in a face-off with an enemy they never saw coming.

©2022 Victor Methos (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“A red-hot suspenser aimed at readers for whom a single serial killer just isn’t enough.”Kirkus Reviews

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It’s the Ending that gets you!!!!

As a longtime fan of Victor Methos I always look forward to his new releases. As with 99% of his other books, this one did not disappoint me. This one kept me going from start to finish.
I don’t want to give anything away so to briefly sum this up I will say it is the story of a serial killer’s life coming full circle. If you listen to the book you will understand!
Timothy Andrés Pabon does a great job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Think Law & Order…

Several years ago a serial killer, dubbed The Reaper, terrorized a Utah city…then suddenly stopped. Around that same time, former prosecutor Solomon Gray was attacked in the courtroom and left severely injured. When a copycat Reaper begins a rash of killings, Sheriff Liz Shepard solicits the help of her father’s friend to investigate. Together this unlikely team catch the killer…but prosecuting him will be a doozy. Enjoyable story with a surprising ending. Looking forward to more.

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Too Much

I usually enjoy this author's stories. This one though, not so much. It was far too descriptive to be an enjoyable listen. I did not enjoy his use of animal cruelty in the storyline either. (The killer's mother's cat). I understand that is a sign of disturbance in a sociopath, but the listener doesn't need to hear such descriptive details of such cruelty. The development of the main characters was interesting, and the narrator was very good. I hope the next story in the series is a bit toned down. Methos has a great grasp of words, this one was just a bit too disturbing.

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very good

great story I knew the legal stuff was way off but only because I'm a lawyer.

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Enjoyable procedural

First in a new series by Victor Methos, this is a mix of police & court procedural with a bit of suspense/thriller from tracking a serial killer. It had a lot of elements that I love from watching Law & Order.

Solomon Shepard is a retired prosecutor that gets pulled into a search for a serial killer by family friend, Sheriff Billie Gray. The familiarity and banter between these two was a comfort in contrast to the stark realities of a town gripped by the resurgence of The Reaper. Solomon’s unlikely friendship with his teenage neighbor, Kelly, was also endearing.

While it was difficult, I liked that Methos detailed the attacks and how the killer worked. Not everything is as it seems and there’s lots of twists and turns to enjoy as well. As with any murder investigation & prosecution - having all the answers doesn’t alleviate the grief and frustration of all involved.

I’m looking forward to more of Solomon & Billie.

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This was my first time listening to Timothy Andrés Pabon and I enjoyed his performance. There are a lot of characters, personalities, and emotions here and he delivered.

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Good read..

This was a pretty good story BUT it could have been better if the author would EVER bother to tell you what the MC's looked like. Not a clue what Solomon Shepard or Sheriff Billie Gray looked like; fat, skinny, tall, short, hair color, nothing. Had it been a female author she would have spent 5 pages telling you what the MC look like but male authors can't seem to be bothered. It's a shame, really.

No romance and no swearing.

As for the narrator: Timothy Andrés Pabon is a good narrator. His voices and emotions make the story!

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What the heck

Such a random story line. I couldn’t tell what the story was about and just listened to the end to see if it made sense. It tied things up but what a mess. By far not my favorite from one of my favorite authors.

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Loved

A little slow to get running but when Solomon and Billie teamed up no crime will go unsolved

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i really enjoyed this Victor Methos book

scary story and characters with no remorse...but Victor Methos writes such interesting books. obviously he must have dealt with clients like these.

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Good book, looking forward to the sequel

There's a lot to appreciate in this story. The heroes work together well and have strong characters. The amoral lawyer for the antagonist is interesting. Where does a lawyer's duty to truth and justice start and end? Only with his client, or with society as well?
The antagonist is a serial killer retracing the steps from the past. The protagonists are a chief of police and a former DA working together to determine who the killer is and put them behind bars. Add in a clingy and unbalanced parent, and an amoral defense attorney and you have quite the story.
I did see the twist coming at the end, but I was a bit disappointed with the resolution. I hope the author revisits that and resolves it better in later books.
The reader did an excellent job and lent depth to the story. I hope he records the sequels.

I recommend this book; it is worth a listen.