Aleksandr Zorin is a sadistic psychopath responsible for the magnificent and untimely ends of dozens of lives. Exploiting the ineptitude of those who would hunt him, he has remained invisible for years. No one knows he exists. But that's about to change. Soon enough, the world shall behold the true extent of his artistry.
FBI profiler Nicholas Keegan has an uncanny ability to descend into the darkest recesses of the most ravaged minds. When a colleague calls for help with an unusual case, Nick is thrust into the hunt for a predator unlike any he's ever faced. And it may well cost him everything that matters.
"Aleksandr Zorin is, hands down, the new millennium's Hannibal Lecter. I loved this book."
-Jessie Chandler, award-winning author of the Shay O'Hanlon caper series.
Title – Chaos
Author – D.J. Schuette
Genre – Thriller
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 4/15/17
19 - 2017
Definition of Chaos: Complete disorder and confusion.
My impressions: cruel, sick, sadistic, extreme violence, brilliant, capable psychopath, evil incarnate.
Nicholas Keegan – FBI, forensic criminologist
Aleksandr Zorin – serial killer, diabolical murderer.
Chaos takes place across the USA, but the main action narrows down to the Minneapolis, Minnesota area.
A new computer program created by FBI agent Nicholas Keegan allows information about serious crimes to be cross referenced to detect those that are possibly attributable to a single serial killer. As the number of similar crimes starts to grow, Nicholas is repulsed by the intense pain inflicted by the psychopath killer they have uncovered.
But Nicholas has his own personal issues to deal with; his wife is expecting their first child and resents his job always taking priority. She craves more quality time with him while she fully supports his efforts to stop the diabolical killer. That alone has a major impact on the story’s conclusion.
Nicholas eventually meets Zorin and is intrigued to learn the antagonist knows so much about his personal life.
This is a difficult story to review without giving away the direction the plot takes to its terrific conclusion. I can only say it is one of the best stories I’ve read, if you can stomach the gory descriptions of the horrific crimes perpetrated on the killer’s victims. There are great investigative exchanges and deductions
The editing and sentence structure are excellent as is character development. There are multiple support characters who, of course, are not developed fully because they come and go as needed.
The writing style is powerful and full of conflict and the plot is a fresh look at the typical serial killer novel.
Thorough research is evident in the depth of details revealed in the sadistic murders.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it, but readers who object to detailed, horrific torture that is inflicted to cause slow, painful deaths should chose to pass on these vivid portrayals.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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Chaos by D.J. Schuette
Thrilling, fast-paced, and with twists and turns of plot that will make you catch your breath, Chaos keeps the reader enthralled to the very last letter. The characters are true to life, the plot is mesmerizing, and the bad guy is like no one crime fiction has ever encountered before. His terrifying methods, acute attention to every grotesque detail, and the scope of his murderous past will chill you as well as impress you, and you'll find yourself hungry to learn more about both him and the man who is hunting him. Or... is hunted by him...