Forgotten Books: Blood Marks by Bill Crider
Amazon.com: Blood Marks eBook: Bill Crider: Kindle Store: He's smart, he's attractive, and he has a special vision: whenever he sees the blood marks on a woman--marks only he can see--he knows what he must do.
Kill her. Brutally. And not leave a trace of himself behind.
Nine women have died so far. And pretty Casey Buckner may be next. A young divorcee who's recently moved into an apartment complex near the Astrodome, Casey's already met three men in the building: a married accountant, a single writer, and a psychologist.
One of them is a serial killer. But which one...?
"...Not for gentle tastes, but a striking addition to the serial- killer subgenre--gory, repugnant, and gripping to its last ugly reverberation." - Kirkus Reviews
Ed here: I believe that time will judge this novel an
enduring classic.It's rare to see a writer take a
sub-genre as over-worked as the serial killer
novel and make something completely new out of it.
But Bill Crider has done that with Blood Marks.
The milieu is working class Texas and
the cast a group of realistic characters l
iving believable lives and with the killer at work
dying believable deaths. The writing is simple and
evocative of its era and its social strata.
And the remarks from the killer are
as dazzling and deranged as any you'll
find in the entire sub-genre. I'd put this
on the same shelf as William Goldman's No Way To
Treat A Lady--that much a slap in the face to
wake you from the slumber inspired by all the other
hackneyed serial killer novels. A triumph.