Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780743444545, 544pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2003
On the heels of her soaring bestseller Flight, Edgar Award-winning author Jan Burke reaches new heights of suspense in this ingenious novel of hard-hitting justice and cold-blooded murder.
Los Angeles County Homicide Detective Alex Brandon lives to bring killers to justice -- but when unknown assailants begin systematically killing off the FBI's Most Wanted suspects, Alex sees no cause for celebration. The vigilante slayings eerily echo the work of a serial killer from a decade ago, and convince Alex that "the Exterminators," as a grateful public has dubbed them, are more ruthless and sadistic than their victims. As the attacks mount, it is the ninth target that pulls Alex into a case that is quickly spiraling into deadly territory -- where justice is no longer enough.
A deviant, often bloody dash through the killing fields of Burke's richly imagined Los Angeles.
Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
The Orlando Sentinel (FL)
Nine is a perfect 10.