|CRIMINAL MINDS NOVEL|
|Author||Max Allen Collins|
|Publication Date||November 6, 2007|
The BAU team is dispatched to Lawrence, Kansas, to investigate a series of fatal stabbings among the town's homeless population. The victims have all been found freshly bathed, neatly groomed, and wearing new clothes. To profiler Jason Gideon, these look like carefully staged murders in isolated settings, fulfilling the sick fantasies of one or more Unknown Subjects.
When the kidnapping of a young heiress presents a second, seemingly unrelated crime for the BAU to solve, Gideon deduces a sinister connection, despite the variance in MOs. The kidnap victim must be found – before she too is a player in the mind games of a pair of unsubs who are inventing horrific new ways to kill.
Referenced Criminals Edit
- Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, The Columbine Shooters
- Seung-Hui Cho, The Virginia Tech Shooter
- Richard Speck
- John Wayne Gacy, The Killer Clown
- Ed Gein, The Plainfield Ghoul
- Jeffrey Dahmer, The Milwaukee Cannibal
- Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, The Moors Murderers
- Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, The Hillside Stranglers
- Dick Hickock and Perry Smith
- Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb
- Gerald and Charlene Gallego, The Sex Slave Murderers
Bookend Quotes Edit
- "In film murders are always very clean," Alfred Hitchcock said. "But what a messy thing it is to kill a man."
- "Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures," the poet W.H. Auden said, "so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest."