Mark Twain wrote: The spirit of wrath - not the words - is the sin; and the spirit of wrath is cursing. We begin to swear before we can talk.
Category: Short Stories
Average Rating: 4.0
A serial killer is trolling a midwestern suburb. His tools: a hammer, a screwdriver, floral wire, a kitchen knife and, to complete his errand, a Russian nesting doll left behind as a calling card. From one grisly crime scene to the next, Detective Ernest Neville and his Russian Doll Killer task force follow. With few leads and his career on the line, Neville is driven to desperate measures to get to the core of this diabolical puzzle. Layer by layer, he's getting closer to the final piece. Yet the only thing that's certain in this game is the unexpected, and as citizens are targeted by one of the most reprehensible characters the idyllic town has ever seen, Neville can only wonder if his efforts will end in disaster -- for himself, for his family and for the people he's sworn to protect.
This is a rather strange short story -- not one of Deaver's best work, but then, short stories are seldom as good as full length novels. That said, it still packs some surprises and plenty of suspense. And Pete Simonelli's performance does the story justice.
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