Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Library of the Dead - Book Review

Library of the Dead
by Glenn Cooper
Harper Collins 2009

An Ancient Knowledge
A Conspiracy of Silence
A Secret to Kill for.

In New York City, people are being killed. It appears to be a serial killer but there is nothing in common between the victims. Each murder is different.

But there is ONE small thing in common with all the murders. Each victim received a postcard in the mail a few days before they died. Each postcard had a date written and a coffin drawn on it. The date is always just a few days in the future. Each victim died on the exact date written on the postcard. All the postcards are post marked Las Vegas.

Will Piper is the leading FBI agent in charge of serial killers. He has caught every single serial killer in New York City in the last 20 years. He is not about to allow this one to get away.

As Will and his new Partner Nancy investigate all leads, they eventually conclude that none of the victims had anything in common with each other. So the answer must be in Las Vagas where the postcards come from.

As Will and Nancy follow the leads Will eventually comes to the conclusion that the killer not only lives in Las Vegas, but he works for Area 51. Will and Nancy are abruptly removed from the case and told to stop investigating.

Will chooses to continue against FBI rules. So a cat and mouse game begins with Will travelling to Las Vegas and the US Federal Government doing everythhing they can to stop him getting there.

What does this have to do with The Library of the Dead?
You'll have to read the book to find out.
But I really enjoyed this book.

Edited in May 2012 - I have just discovered a movie called Book of Days starring Wil Wheaton made back in 2003, with a very similar storyline.  I hate to suggest it - but is there plagiarism involved here?

You can also watch the Trailer of this movie

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