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The nightmare place [text (large print)] / Steve Mosby.

By: Mosby, Steve.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Charnwood.Publisher: Leicester : Thorpe, 2015Edition: Large print edition.Description: 414 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781444826012 (hbk.); 1444826018.Subject(s): Stalkers -- Fiction | Stalking -- Fiction | Violence -- Fiction | Women -- Crimes against -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction. | Large type books.Summary: DI Zoe Dolan is tracking the Creeper, a stalker who's been breaking into women's homes and attacking them. The Creeper's violence is escalating and there's no pattern, no clue as to how he's getting in, and no clue as to who's next. Until Jane Webster gets a call to the helpline where she volunteers. He says he loves these women - but it's a love that ends in blood. When Jane tells the police, it should be the lead that Zoe needs - but it only pulls her further into a case that is already taking her dangerously close to the past she's never fully escaped. For Jane, Zoe and all the other young women of the city, suddenly nowhere is safe. Particularly their own bedroom in the dead of night...
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DI Zoe Dolan is tracking the Creeper, a stalker who's been breaking into women's homes and attacking them. The Creeper's violence is escalating and there's no pattern, no clue as to how he's getting in, and no clue as to who's next. Until Jane Webster gets a call to the helpline where she volunteers. He says he loves these women - but it's a love that ends in blood. When Jane tells the police, it should be the lead that Zoe needs - but it only pulls her further into a case that is already taking her dangerously close to the past she's never fully escaped. For Jane, Zoe and all the other young women of the city, suddenly nowhere is safe. Particularly their own bedroom in the dead of night...

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Publishers Weekly Review

Det. Insp. Zoe Dolan, the heroine of this absorbing crime novel from British author Mosby (The Murder Code), is haunted by a recurrent nightmare in which a figure threatens her at what she calls the waste ground, the remains of an old factory near the location of her childhood school. Zoe, thinking this must be a repressed memory and knowing it must have some significance, struggles to remember what could have happened. Meanwhile, she and her partner, Det. Insp. Chris Sands, are trying to apprehend "the Creeper," a monster who has battered and raped five seemingly unrelated young women. The savagery of the beatings is escalating, making the investigation more urgent. In order to find the culprit, Zoe and Chris must determine how the Creeper gains entrance to homes whose doors and windows are always locked. Mosby expertly intertwines the main plot lines with several subplots in this psychologically attuned thriller. Agent: Carolyn Whitaker, London Independent Books (U.K.). (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

The Creeper is a stalker who has been assaulting and raping beautiful young Englishwomen and leaving no clues. All the victims characterize him as an angry monster, but none can give any kind of physical description. DI Zoe Dolan is on the case, and when the Creeper beats his latest victim to death, Zoe's frustration is almost overwhelming. She grew up the hard way, and a local cop took her under his wing and set her straight. Now her mentor is dying, she is having recurrent nightmares of her past, and this serial rapist-turned-killer feels like the last straw. Then a woman working at an anonymous hotline reports that she may have been hearing the confessions of the killer. Mosby joins Ken Bruen, Mo Hayder, Val McDermid, and others on the dark side of UK crime fiction; his thrillers build suspense superbly, but his real strength is in character development. All his characters, particularly the women, are well drawn and complex, without a cliché in the bunch.--Alesi, Stacy Copyright 2015 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

A detective with bad dreams and a young volunteer trying to overcome her fears pit themselves against a serial rapist. It's always the same nightmarea waste space, a surreal sky, a frozen figure in graythat awakens DI Zoe Dalton. She recognizes the place as the grim housing project where she grew up, but the figure is inscrutable. All she knows is that the nightmare fills her with the sense that something awful is about to happen. Something awful has already happened in Zoe's city: a predator has beaten and raped four women. His fifth victim fits the same pattern: she's young, attractive, and vulnerable. Zoe feels violated herself after she's burglarized, but as a former member of a girl gang, she's so tough that she finds it hard to work with her cautious partner, DI Chris Sands. She even apprehends one of the burglars, someone she's known since her teen years who's an unwitting link to her bad dreams. But she, Sands, and the rest of her department are more focused on the "creeper," especially after he rapes, beats, and kills his next victim. When Jane Webster, a meek young helpline volunteer, defies her supervisor's orders and breaks confidentiality to tell the police about a caller who seemed to admit to the crimes, Zoe dismisses him and his claims about a monster at large as one more crank. But she discovers how wrong she is when she's plunged into a waking nightmare in a fast-paced thriller that plays as many mind games with the reader as with the gutsy protagonist. Despite some awkward plot contrivances and secondary characters who are little better than outlines, Mosby (The Murder Code, 2013, etc.) has the talent to build both physical and psychological suspense. And he proves once again that he really knows how to work the strings. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.