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by J.T. Ellison
Mira, September 2008
416 pages
ISBN: 0778325563

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During the mid-1980s in Nashville, Tennesee, a serial killer dubbed the Snow White Killer eluded police and law-enforcement officers while killing women who all shared a particular physical appearance in his own signature way. After murdering his tenth victim, his killings stopped. Then came a letter to the police stating that his work was complete and this would be the last they would hear from him. Now, almost twenty years later, a new victim appears, bearing all the hallmarks of the original murders, followed by another, and another, and another. Is the "Snow White Killer" back from retirement or is a clever copycat at work? With five days left before her wedding day, homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson is involved in the case together with her fiancÚ, FBI profiler Dr John Baldwin. There is more to Snow White than meets the eye and things become complicated really fast.

J.T. Ellison‛s 14 is suspenseful and, although fast-paced, turns predictable at times, especially during the first half of the novel, where more is learned about the killer and other characters are introduced. The pre-wedding preparations offer a nice distraction even as the investigation goes along.

It is during the book‛s second half that things start to get much more interesting as several events distract the Nashville police from the Snow White investigation and leads them to a bigger case than they thought they had at first. It is all a bit overwhelming for readers at first, but Ellison follows through nicely as the NPD gets closer to uncovering Snow White‛s identity and putting a stop to his murders. The book ends in a weak note that points forward to the next book in the series. 14 is far from perfect, but it is still an entertaining read.

Reviewed by Angel L. Soto, October 2008

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