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By James Heneghanan
James Heneghan's first novel for adults.
A brutal serial killer is murdering women in Vancouver's West End. On a seemingly insane rampage, he leaves their headless bodies to be found and writes taunting letters to the police. It soon becomes apparent that all his victims are members of the neighborhood fitness center. Sebastian Casey, a reporter with the weekly community newspaper, has just begun to work out at the center. As he gets to know some of the others who use the facility, Casey finds himself drawn into the search for the killer. His interest intensifies when he begins a tentative relationship with Emma Shaughnessy, a local schoolteacher, whose good looks and fitness regime makes her a prime candidate to be the killer's next victim.
Vancouver’s Stanley Park peninsula hunched its granite shoulders against an early November storm.
Relentless rain and gale-force winds howled in from the ocean. West Enders knew that something terrible was going to happen. They stayed indoors and waited anxiously.
Julie Dagg was an exception. Nothing could make her stay home and miss her workouts. Twenty-five years old, she watched what she ate and kept herself slim and fit with regular workouts. Tuesdays and Thursdays she practiced yoga and self-defense for two hours at the Tae Kwon Do Academy on Robson Street. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays she grunted and sweated through weight training and cardio for an hour at the West End Fitness Center on Denman. . . .
Life was good. An hour or two each day was all it took. Stay fit, look great, live longer.
PETERS, CM MAGAZINE (November 11, 2011). As the search for the killer
intensifies, so does the pace of the novel. In just 141 pages, Heneghan
makes his characters come alive, and in the case of the women who are
murdered, he creates individuals whose truly horrible deaths devastate
those left behind. Although Fit to Kill is primarily a thriller about
finding a killer, it is also about relationships of all sorts and on all
levels... Certainly, Fit to Kill is the most “adult” of any
of the “Rapid Reads” I have reviewed. As is warned prior to
some television shows, “readers are advised that this contains language
and situations not suitable for young readers” (young being less
than 16). Interestingly, although the killer’s attacks are truly
horrible, the author avoids graphic depiction of violence. Instead , Heneghan
provides just enough detail to make the victim’s terror absolutely