Narrated by Michael Dean
FBI Files, Book 1
Special Agent Leo Reeves is new to the FBI’s L. A. field office. His career has been on track since the day he joined the bureau. He loves his job as a profiler and being assigned to a new team in one of the busiest offices in the nation, will be the opportunity of a lifetime…if he can put the past behind him. The face Leo shows the world is strong, focused, dependable, and capable. The long list of citations in his file only serves to prove how good he is.
If he could only forget he was sired by a monster.
Former Marine Staff Sergeant, Max Prince, leads by example. Whether it means protecting men in battle, working for the US Marshal service, or being the best damn field agent the FBI has ever seen, he brings a special kind of bravery to the job. His teammates depend on his ready smiles, his funny jokes, and know him as the capable agent he’s proven to be. They never see the man who buried his heart eight years ago.
The last thing he wants is to fall for the new guy.
When a serial killer suddenly starts targeting innocents, both men have trouble pinning down who they’re dealing with. With victimology all over the place, Leo can’t make sense of a profile and Max simply wants to put the bastard away before he murders anyone else. The case is maddening but worse, the attraction the two men find every time they look at each other, is beginning to get in the way.
“You’re the profiler. We’re probably all on the same page in thinking this guy isn’t nearly done with his kills, but I want to hear from you. What insights do you have to offer, if any?”
Leo swallowed hard. He knew he’d be put on the spot sooner or later, so he took a deep breath and let it out slowly, only starting to talk after he finished.
“He’s organized. He not only brought the victim and the witness with him to a place where he knew he’d have time, but he also brought the weapon. This wasn’t all done with fists. He took the weapon with him when he left and probably changed clothes, taking the bloody ones with him. It took extensive planning on his part to carry out what he needed to do here.”
“What he needed to do?” Prince asked.
Leo nodded at the frowning man who was sitting forward now and paying close attention to what he was saying.
“The killer is a sexual sadist. He may have sexually violated the victim as well as the witness but it’s most likely not necessary for his fantasy. The mere beating and murder are enough to get this guy off. The violence itself completes his fantasy. His thoughts are consumed with his next kill, night and day. It’s all he thinks about…beating someone to death. That, and the fact that he wanted and needed a witness to what he was doing to the victim. He left the witness alive because he’d served his purpose. This was a deliberate act.”
How was the audio?
It is not my first rodeo with Michael Dean as a narrator, and I’ve consistently been thrilled with the job he did on these audiobooks, here is no different. He pretty much captured how I pictured the tones and voices of Agents Leo Reeves and Max Prince. He totally enhanced my experience of the book and made part of it more memorable for me.
As for the story itself have a full review ready here.
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