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The Hundredth Man

by Jack Kerley

The Hundredth Man
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  • First Published:
    Jun 2004, 320 pages
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    Jun 2005, 416 pages

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Thundering to a stark and chilling revelation, The Hundredth Man marks the arrival of an author who raises the stakes on every page.

Recalling Michael Connelly's taut storytelling and James Patterson's searing narrative twists, The Hundredth Man introduces a daring new talent. From its explosive first pages to its startling conclusion, this novel creates a world where heroes can't succeed without madmen, and the dead are the most dangerous of all.

When bizarre and cryptic messages are found on a pair of corpses in Mobile, Alabama, junior police detective Carson Ryder and veteran cop Harry Nautilus find themselves in a mysterious public-relations quagmire pitting public safety against office politics. With the body count growing, Ryder must confront his family's terrifying past by seeking advice from his brother, a violent psychopath convicted of similarly heinous crimes. Ryder finds himself falling for Ava, the striking pathologist processing the gruesome corpses. But Ava's past holds its own nightmarish secrets.

Chasing false leads while their boss relentlessly undermines all progress, Ryder and Nautilus come to realize someone close to them is the killer's ultimate target.

Thundering to a stark and chilling revelation, The Hundredth Man marks the arrival of an author who raises the stakes on every page.

Prologue

Seconds before one of the most long-awaited events of Alexander Caulfield's adult life, an event he'd spent years planning and pursuing, an event marking his ascension into professionalism, a decent salary, and the respect of his peers, his left eye started winking like a gigolo in a third-rate Italian film.

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Caulfield cursed beneath his breath. A physician, he recognized a manifestation of transient hemifacial spasms: eye tics or flutters in response to events sparking anxiety or posing a threat.

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Anxiety was ludicrous, he lectured himself, squeezing the offending eye shut; he'd performed or assisted with hundreds of autopsies during his internship. The only difference was this was his first professional autopsy. She was sitting twenty feet away.

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Caulfield slowly opened his eye . . .

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He angled a glance at Dr. Clair Peltier. She was opening a letter in the autopsy suite's utility office, apparently absorbed ...

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The Sun (Baltimore)

Kerley's first novel is explosively good, a nuanced look at the dark underbelly of contemporary society that reads like a cross between Thomas Harris and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Publishers Weekly

The Hundredth Man is a distinctive thriller that starts out with a most unusual bang and leads leading junior police detective Carson Ryder and his veteran partner to investigate what's behind the sudden surge of corpses on their Mobile, Alabama, beat.

Booklist - Bill Ott

Starred Review. [The Hundredth Man is a] narrative locomotive of a first novel. Kerley jacks up the tension effectively with nicely placed jumps between Carson's narration and the tortured thoughts of the killer, building up to an all-stops-out climax. ... Powerful. ... Compelling. ... Kerley's plot is a treasure chest of interlocked pieces.

Library Journal

Starred Review. This is a pitch-perfect psychological thriller.

Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review. A serial killer novel with a difference smartly written, densely plotted, and almost too clever.

Author Blurb David Baldacci, New York Times bestselling author of Split Second
The Hundredth Man has a crackerjack plot and wonderfully original rapid-fire prose. Jack Kerley is a writer to watch. And read.

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Chattas

Very creepy book. Loved it. The title is perfect. The main character (Carson) is the Hundredth Man. It's a reference from a joke at the very beginning of the book and it really does define this character. Looking forward to this author's next ...   Read More

Dan

The tension compels you to turn the page. Almost impossible to put down.

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You cannot go wrong with this book. Twists and turns and great characters!

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Jack Kerley spent twenty years in advertising before writing The Hundredth Man, his first novel.  In talking about himself he says, 'I enjoy playing guitar, and will fish for anything, anytime, anywhere...I spend a goodly amount of time in Fairhope, Alabama, on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, and a fine place for writing and fishing....All things considered, I’d prefer being buried in a ...

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