Time Killer [Kindle Edition]
Book Description Publication Date: January 28, 2013 In the small city of Rockton, Illinois, someone is tired of waiting. He’s tired of standing in line at the grocery store and tired of waiting at the drive-through line. Now he’s doing something about it. The first murder rocks the city. The entire Bjornson family—except the father, Stephen—has been brutally murdered, and the killer has left a message behind, written in the victim’s blood: Don’t Waste People’s Time. It’s a grizzly start for two young detectives who’ve just become partners. But Max Larkin and Jesse Fairlane put their personal distaste for each other aside and start concentrating on how to find the killer from striking again. As they investigate the scene of the crime and interview Stephen at the hospital, the clues slowly begin to add up. Could this be a deranged killer who struck ten years ago and has now returned to the area? Before they can answer that question, another murder is reported, and Max and Jesse suddenly realize they have a serial killer on the loose. But as they get closer to the truth, a past memory begins to haunt Max, one that might lead to a break in the case—or the end of his career.
Editorial Reviews Review KIRKUS REVIEW February 22, 2013 Time Killer by Todd M. Thiede "A fast-paced thriller centered on a brutal, time-obsessed serial killer. The expression "killing time" rarely means murder, but here, the victims of a serial killer must pay for time they've wasted, often with both their money and their lives. In a brutal scene from the opening chapter, an entire family is murdered after a stranger invades the family's home and accuses the patriarch of wasting his time. Veteran cop Max Larkin is on the case. Unfortunately, he's also been assigned a new partner; though she's green in the field--she has "very sad eyes" and prays upon arriving at the first crime scene--she gives the hardened old detective a new perspective he never knew he needed. But as the serial killer claims more victims, a pattern emerges that neither Max nor his new partner can ignore. With brisk pacing, Thiede's debut brims with action, violence and, occasionally, emotion. Though the book takes a while to find its heart, procedural fans will feel right at home. Larkin feels like a guy worth rooting for, despite filling the shoes of the beaten-down, grizzled, old loner cop trope a little too well. His interactions with his new partner, plus the twists and revelations regarding his past, give him enough of a pass to get readers invested in the story and looking forward to his next outing. Larkin's story doesn't break any boundaries, but it'll keep crime and thriller fans wrapped up in its twisting plot, fast pace and memorable detective. Plenty of shock value and a charismatic, if formulaic, male lead." kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/todd-m-thiede/time-killer/
From the Inside Flap Review 1Todd M. Thiede has written a unique master thriller Time Killer, which is suitable for a general adult audience, but not for children under age 17. Unfortunately, in the gun culture environment of post-Columbine and Newtown, many of the details that make up this story are grisly and difficult to stomach for the average non-violent reader. Nonetheless, if one is able to put this aside, the reader has to admire an outstanding plot line with strong characters. Police Detectives Max and Jesse flesh out a dangerous web of small town murders in three midwestern states, with more twists and turns than a roller coaster.