Friday, August 30, 2013

The Evolution of the Mystery Genre



The Bride Collector

by

Ted Dekker

FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he's picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.
It's there that he meets Paradise, a young woman who witnessed her father murder her family and barely escaped his hand. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Paradise may also have an extrasensory gift: the ability to experience the final moments of a person's life when she touches the dead body.

In a desperate attempt to find the killer, Raines enlists Paradise's help. In an effort to win her trust, he befriends this strange young woman and begins to see in her qualities that most 'sane people' sorely lack. Gradually, he starts to question whether sanity resides outside the hospital walls...or inside.

As the Bride Collector picks up the pace-and volume-of his gruesome crucifixions, the case becomes even more personal to Raines when his friend and colleague, a beautiful young forensic psychologist, becomes the Bride Collector's next target.

The FBI believes that the killer plans to murder seven women. Can Paradise help before it's too late?


Ted Dekker (October 24, 1962)

Ted Dekker was born to missionaries who lived among the headhunter tribes of Indonesia. Because his parents’ work often included extended periods of time away from their children, Dekker describes his early life in a culture to which he was a stranger as both fascinating and lonely. It is this unique upbringing that forced him to rely on his own imagination to create a world in which he belonged. After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States to study Philosophy and Religion. Upon earning his Bachelor’s Degree, he entered the corporate world and proceeded to climb the proverbial ladder. But his personal drive left him restless and, after many successful years, he traded corporate life for wide range of entrepreneurial pursuits that included buying and selling businesses, healthcare services, and marketing. In the early nineties while visiting a friend who had just written a book, Dekker decided to pursue a long held desire to be a novelist. Over the course of two years he wrote two full length novels before starting from scratch and rewriting both. Now fully enamored by the process and the stories, he realized that storytelling was in his blood and a new obsession to explore truth through story gripped him anew. He sold his business, moved his family to the mountains of Western Colorado and began writing full-time on his third novel.

Novels

The Circle Series:
  • Black: The Birth of Evil (February 2004, August 2009)
  • Red: The Heroic Rescue (May 2004, August 2009)
  • White: The Great Pursuit (September 2004, August 2009)
  • Green: The Beginning and the End ( 2009)
  • The Circle (2010)
The Paradise Series
  • Shasdown (January 2006)
  • Saint (October 2006)
  • Sinner  (September 2008) 
The Lost Book Series:
  • Chosen (December 2007)
  • Infidel (December 2007)
  • Renegade (May 2008)
  • Chaos (May 2008)
  • Lunatic (with Kaci Hill, May 2009)
  •  Elvon (with Kaci Hill, May 2009)
Other books
  • House (with Frank Peretti, March 2006)
  • Skin (April 2007)
  • Immanuel’s Veins (September 2010)
  • The Blood Book (with Kevin Kaiser and Josh Olds, June 2011)
  • Genesis; The Birth of an Idea (June 2011
The Books of Mortals
  1. Forbidden (with Tosca Lee, September 2011)
  2. Mortal (with Tosca Lee, June 2012)
  3. Sovereign (with Tosca Lee, Spring 2013)

The Outlaw Series

  • Eyes Wide Open (February 2013)

Thrillers

  • In the Blink of an Eye (January 2003, November 2007)
  • Thr3e (September 2003)
  • Obsessed (February 2005)
  • Adam (April 2008)
  • Kiss (with Erin Healy, January 2009)
  • BoneMan's Daughters (April 2009)
  • Burn (with Erin Healy, January 2010)
  • The Bride Collector (April 2010)
  • The Priest’s Graveyard (April 2011)
  • The Sanctuary (October 2012)

The Caleb Series

  • Blessed Child (with Bill Bright, April 2001)
  • A Man Called Blessed (with Bill Bright, September 2002)

The Martyr's Song Series

  • Heaven’s Wager (October 2000)
  • When Heaven Weeps (May 2001)
  • Thunder of Heaven (February 2002)
  • The Martyr's Song (2005)

Other titles

  • The Promise (September 2005)
  • The Drummer Boy (October 2006)
  • To Kill with Reason (April 2010

Non-fiction

  • The Slumber of Christianity: Awakening a Passion for Heaven on Earth (July 2005)
  • Tea with Hezbollah (with Carl Medearis, January 2010)

Graphic novels

  • Black (2007)
  • Red (2007)
  • White (2007)
  • Chosen (2008)
  • Infidel (2008)
  • Green (2009)
  • Renegade (2009)
  • Chaos (2009)
  • Water Walker (October 2013)
  • Outlaw (October 2013)

4 comments:

  1. I love Ted Dekker and this certainly sounds like a good one. I'll be checking it out for sure!

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  2. I've read numerous Ted Dekker books and enjoyed them all! He is a master storyteller.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Terri. I couldn't put this book down.

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