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FIT TO KILL

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FLOOD

THE GRAVE

WISH ME LUCK

TORN AWAY

BLUE

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THE O'BRIEN DETECTIVE AGENCY SERIES

GOODBYE, CARLETON HIGH

 




By James Heneghanan
  • Published on September 1, 2011 by Raven Books

James Heneghan's first novel for adults.

 

SYNOPSIS

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.

 

EXCERPT

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.

 

REVIEWS

FROM JOANNE 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 visceral.