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ISBN: 0-000-718059-4
2004 (Paperback)

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Written in the first person for most of the novel, Jack Kerley's debut, The Hundredth Man, conjures up images and emotions of a character's past that is both disturbing and refreshing in equal parts.

Carson Ryder is Kerley's Alabama Detective, called to investigate why a killer might feel it's not enough to merely behead a victim, but also scrawl seemingly meaningless words in tiny letters, across the corpse. When another similarly mutilated body turns up, Ryder comes to realise that there is more afoot than simple craziness; the killer is on a mission and it falls to Ryder, and his partner, Harry Nautilus, to discover exactly what that mission is … for the most part without the support of their superiors.


This is a taut Crime drama, filled with enough snappy dialogue and credible action to keep the pages flipping across at speed for even the most ardent of devotees. There are one or two concerns with plausibility in the sub-plotting; I've never known an alcoholic to lose the taste for drinking in so short a time as Ryder's prospective love interest does in this novel, for instance. To do that takes around about one hundred and forty-five years approximately, not the forty-eight hours insinuated here, but these are minor quibbles to the crux of the story.

And that crux is Ryder's relationship with his incarcerated brother. Doesn't everybody want a sibling so nasty, so infuriating and yet so damn smart? Okay, maybe not the nasty and the infuriating comes with the territory of having siblings; but the smart … oh yes, we'd like to know anybody so smart as Carson's brother.

In the creation of Carson Ryder, Harry Nautilus and Jeremy Ryder, Jack Kerley has come up with such sure fire winners who will no doubt, someday soon, carve niches into the night of Crime lore that will long remain distinctly bright and original.

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